A trip to Ireland will not be complete without a visit to the legendary Giant's Causeway! Volcanic activity helped forge this wonder of the world some 60 million years ago. Other tour highlights include the ruins of Dunluce Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and a scenic drive through Dark Hedges, famed by the hit TV series Game of Thrones.
Depart Belfast and journey to the seaside town of Ballycastle to join the Antrim coast. With its spectacular scenery, this is an expedition any visitor to Ireland must do. The world famous Giant's Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. The 6 km of sheer cliffs rising to over 90m and forming a series of bays are spectacular. Check out the thousands of basalt columns whose tops form "stepping stones" leading from the cliff foot and disappearing under the sea. They reappear in the island of Straffe, hence the legend that this was a road built by the giant Finn McCool to cross over to Scotland. Truly an amazing wonder of the world.
Along the route, you'll experience one of the most dramatic drives in the world, now rated as one of the world's greatest road journeys. See windswept cliffs, spectacular scenery, and fabulous unspoiled beaches. Stop for photos at the ruins of Dunluce, a medieval Irish castle on the Antrim Coast. If time allows, there is an optional visit to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755. Many fans of the popular TV series Game of Thrones will recognize the scenic drive through Dark Hedges with its 200 year old beech trees canopying over the roadway.
Be sure to book your Belfast tour today so you too can walk in the footsteps of giants on this scenic full day Irish experience.
Reviewer: Gary Malo
Both guide and tour were excellent
Nice small group. After a nice drive to the Causeway, we were dropped off and had a approx. 15 minute walk down to the Causeway. There is also a shuttle you can take down. Our driver did not go with us, which was fine. We didn't really need a guide. We stopped at BallyCastle for lunch and our driver recommended a good place for lunch. We were unable to stop at the rope bridge. Our driver said it was out of their control. Whoever runs the rope bridge decided there were too many buses and we were not given permission to go. Just be aware that this may not be part of your trip.
This tour was everything we expected it to be. We had a small group of 14 people. The large van was clean and comfortable. Our driver was very informative and a very capable driver. The Giant's Causeway was amazing and we were given ample time to walk down, look around, and walk back up. It's about a 15 minute walk from where the van left us down to the Causeway. The driver does not accompany you down, which was fine. We stopped in BallyCastle for a lunch stop. Our driver recommended a very good restaurant there. He had us back in Belfast early so he was able to give us a nice drive by tour of Belfast which was not originally included. I have used Shore Excursions in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
I booked five of us on this tour and we all thought it offered excellent value. We were picked up at the ship and took a more direct route to the causeway to beat the crowds. We were blessed with lovely weather, our tour guide was entertaining and informative. After the causeway, we had a beautiful coastal drive, then finished up with a city tour of Belfast before being dropped off at our ship.
Absolutely best excursion of my 9 port trip. Hiked around trails with plenty of time and enjoy the scene. I am shocked so many didn't get off the bus to experience it.