Visit Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dark Hedges in one day on this tour from Belfast. Book this top-rated and best-selling tour now!
0920 Boarding from outside the Top Shop entrance on Chichester Street, leaving at 0930
(This tour actually starts and ends in Dublin. Belfast is the second stop of the tour. If you are planning to go to Dublin on the same day after this tour, you can pay an extra £10 per person to get a ride to Dublin. Drop off in Dublin is around 7:30pm/ 8:30pm, on the top of O’Connell Street, around 5-minute walk to the Spire. You can bring your luggage. There is a storage compartment underneath the coach.)
Next stop at DARK HEDGES and get around 20 – 30 minutes here.
Planted by the Stuart family, who originally only wanted to impress visitors as they approached their Georgian mansion, this magnificent road of beech trees is now attracting half a million people from all over the world every year to come visit. See for yourself why even the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” picked this place for their scene where Arya Stark escapes. Definitely a photo opportunity not to be missed.
Driving past BUSHMILLS DISTILLERY
Licensed since 1608, there is no doubts why Bushmills whiskey is arguably the best whiskey in the world. As Bushmills Distillery has stopped giving out free shot of whiskey at the Distillery since 7 Sep this year, we will not be making a stop there anymore. Without the free shots of whiskey, the Distillery is only an overpriced gift shop. As everything (including the whiskey) they sell in the gift shop can be easily found in Belfast, we will instead add this time onto the tour so you can have more time at the other stops. Our guide will still be sharing with you how they make whiskey in Ireland and whisky in Scotland though.
Arrive at the GIANT’S CAUSEWAY and spend around 1.5 – 2 hours here
Here comes highlight of the day and Northern Ireland’s most popular visitor attraction. You will experience the breathtaking sights, awe-inspiring hexagonal columns and unforgettable landscape of the “8th wonder of the world” on your Finn McCools coach tour.
At this stop you will be given the opportunity to glimpse the Irish landscape, sometimes even the White Park Bay, at its most idyllic: beautiful rolling hills, magnificent seascape and of course the hexagonal/ polygonal stone columns that form the legendary causeway itself, some of which reach 40 feet into the air.
Formed in the aftermath of an ancient volcanic eruption, the Causeway consists of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Although this odd stone pattern stretches all the way to Scotland, nowhere is it more perfectly preserved, making it one of the top places to visit in Ireland. According to local legend, the Causeway was formed when an Irish giant named Finn McCool ripped the earth from the ground, creating a pathway for a rival giant. Outwitted by McCool, this giant (named Benandonner) ran back to Scotland, wrecking the earth as he went. Despite some skepticism from pesky scientists, the existence of similar stone formations at Fingal’s Cave in Scotland are said to be proof positive for the legend of Finn McCool.
Stop at CARRICK-A-REDE ROPE BRIDGE for around 1 hour and 45 minutes
An extreme 30-metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm is traversed by a traditionally built rope bridge which rewards the daring visitor with arguably the best views in the country – and certainly the best photographs for any Irish holiday! “Carrickarede” is an abandoned fishing island located near the Giant’s Causeway. The name comes from the Irish, “Carraig a Raid,” meaning “rock of the casting.” The island connects to the mainland by a rope bridge. At 66 feet long and 98 feet high, crossing the bridge is a exciting experience indeed.
Although the bridge in its current form was constructed in the year 2000, it is believed that rope bridges have been used as a means of reaching the island for more than 350 years. The fishermen used to use the bridge to harvest salmon. The bridge has taken many forms over the years, and in the 70s consisted of just one handrail with large gaps between the slats.
Head back to Belfast through GLENS OF ANTRIM
As we cross between the glens and drive on the side of Glendun, you will have amazing views of Glenariff and also down at the valley below. Crossing through wood plantation with amazing views as far as the eye can see when we get to the top of the glens.
1700 – 1730 Back in Belfast
*Please note that all times are approximate. The locations might be visited in a different order, depends on traffic and weather.
**As people don’t want to spend that much time in the cold countryside, when it starts getting cold, we might give a little bit less time at the Giant’s Causeway and add the time onto the Belfast stop.
9:30 am, 31 Chichester Street, Belfast (outside Top Shop entrance, across the road from Garrick bar)
Around 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm, same place
Things to note:
- Not suitable for people with limited mobility.
- Not suitable for children under 10. If your child is very used to travelling, please book 1 seat per child and bring your own child seat.
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N&E T. on 28 Oct 2018
Yesterday we did this tour with guides Andy and Daniel. They did a great job, told things about the history of Ireland and North Ireland but not too much. We got plenty of time everywhere and sometimes there was music in the bus. Just fine. One of the best excursions we ‘ve had in the world because of the tour guides.
Vera B. on 25 Oct 2018
We had amazing time with Iriel and Peter. The tour was full of nature and fun. Giants Causeway is incredible experience. Highly recommend.
On A. on 25 Oct 2018
Had a blast on the tour to Giants Causeway Derrick made the tour such a fun experience definetley would recommend
Cross R. on 22 Oct 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour to the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. On our way to Northern Ireland, Tour Guide Gavin gave us interesting and often humorous information about the locations through which we were passing, famous people from these areas, and a primer on “The Troubles” experienced in Northern Ireland for many years. The Giant’s Causeway is a pretty good walk from the parking area but well worth it to see the hexagonal outcroppings of rocks that look other worldly. The rope bridge was interesting – being suspended hundreds of feet above the ocean is quite an experience. On the way back to Dublin, we stopped at the Dark Hedges (AKA the King’s Road from Game of Thrones). Capt. John did a great job getting us there and back again.
Garts S. on 22 Oct 2018
My best friend and I took the tour a little over a week ago. This was such a great way to hit up some gorgeous views of Northern Ireland, no matter the weather (we had rain, but smiled all day) The tour was organized; our guide, Derrick was great (the road trip playlist was perfect and included some live songs) and Peter was a pro at navigating the roads and getting us to our spots safely. I enjoyed learning more about Irish history, as Derrick was informative, pointing out any cool sites along the way and places to check out once back in Dublin. I highly recommend the tour and I’m so glad we booked it!