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From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

1. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

Embark on a scenic drive to Northern Ireland's most iconic locations from Belfast. Visit the Giant's Causeway, Cushendun Caves, Carnlough Harbour, and the Dark Hedges. Learn about the history from live commentary on board. For the first stop, grab some photos at the beautiful Carrickfergus Castle. Then, journey along the coast, with stops along the way at the Caves at Cushendun and Carnlough Harbour—both recently made famous by the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Enjoy a delicious pub grub-style lunch at the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy, at your expense. Then re-board the luxury coach and head to the highlight of the tour, the Giant's Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, you’ll spend some time climbing over the ancient stones and enjoying the myths and legends that surround this world-famous attraction. After the Giant’s Causeway, make a short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle, and then a final stop at the World Famous Dark Hedges. Then it’s time to sit back and relax on the comfortable return journey to Belfast.

Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

2. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on a day trip from Dublin in a comfortable bus. Follow your guide as you visit iconic sights, including the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, and Belfast. Depart Dublin and travel North, stopping at a service station along the way for breakfast, to buy lunch, and to stretch your legs. Your first attraction is to take a 5-minute photo stop at the famous and picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle. Afterward, head to the Giant's Causeway, formed from about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Enjoy at least 2 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and get up close to the hexagonal columns, often referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World." Take in the fantastic views of the Irish Sea and then spend around 20 minutes traveling along the avenue of intertwined beech trees known as "Dark Hedges." Planted in the 18th-century by the Stuart family, the beautiful sight was used in the Game of Thrones series and the Transformers movie. Lastly, head to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of the Titanic ocean liner. Stop next to Belfast City Hall and spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the city. Do some sightseeing, shopping, and grab some food before continuing the journey home.

Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

3. Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

Embark on a day out in Belfast and explore the locations where Game of Thrones was filmed at. Learn all the facts and hidden secrets from your live guide. Enjoy a day out you won't forget in a hurry. Follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters as you visit the avenue of trees known as the Dark Hedges, used as the King's Road location where Arya became friends with Gendry and Hot Pie. Continue to the ruins of Dunluce Castle, said to be the inspiration for Harrenhal. Next, make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant's Causeway and explore the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns.  Next visit the Fullerton Arms, a Game of Thrones-themed pub and restaurant in Ballyintoy, lunch at your own expense. Then, go to the village of Cushendun to see the caves formed by over 400 million years of extreme weather conditions. During your tour, you will also stop at the Carrickfergus Castle, the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, and Larrybane Quarry. At the end of your tour, you will return to Belfast City Centre where you will be dropped off back at the meeting point.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway with Titanic Museum Admission

4. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway with Titanic Museum Admission

Visit the Titanic Museum for around 1.5 hours and learn the story of the Titanic ocean liner and her ill-fated maiden voyage. The story comes alive with innovative technology, scale models, and more. Explore the museum which expands over 9 galleries and draws together special effects, dark rides, and full-scale reconstructions. Use interactive features so you can truly explore the Titanic story in an insightful light. Learn about the aftermath of the sinking to the later discovery of the ship. The tour will also take you to the present day with a tour of the live undersea exploration center.   Enjoy a photo stop at the beautiful Dunluce Castle. This 13-century castle ruin is known as the nicest photo opportunity of all castles in Ireland and will make any amateur photographer look like a professional photographer. Next, be prepared to be met by the most spectacular sight, the Giant's Causeway. This wild and beautiful formation is a consequence of ancient volcanic activity, the solidified lava is now layered across 40,000 hexagonal columns stretching for a distance of over 6 kilometers (3.7 miles). Stroll along this UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site for around 1.5 hours and see formations such as the Wishing Chair and the Giant' Boot and Organ.   There is a different version of how the Causeway was formed. The Irish giant Finn McCool, while preparing for battle with his Scottish rival, is said to have angrily fired rocks into the sea to forge a path to nearby Scotland. However, on seeing the size of his would-be adversary, he quickly retreats tearing the ground and ripping the stones as he hastily moves. Similar types of stone found in Scotland give weight to this tale of two feuding giants the Causeway continues to stir the imagination and inspire folklore.  Stop at the Dark Hedges for 30 minutes, a centuries-old lane of beech trees that have been featured in films and on television. In the TV series Game of Thrones, the Dark Hedges was featured in season 2 as the King's Road.  

Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges & Titanic Guided Tour

5. Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges & Titanic Guided Tour

With an early start in Dublin this tour is designed to take you to the best locations in Northern Ireland to ensure with the limited time you have that you will make the most of the day ahead. Enjoy a relaxed journey and listen to the stories and history from the guide as we take you on an adventure you will never forget. The first stop of the day is at the Giant’s Causeway. This UNESCO world heritage site is truly a view to behold. With Thousand of interlocking basalt columns spreading across the coastline you will discover how the strange rock formation was formed thousands of years ago due to a volcanic eruption. Or maybe it is the legend Finn McCool himself that created the rock formation as he battled with the Scottish Giant? Dunluce castle is just around the corner. Spend 10 min here taking in the views from the Atlantic Ocean and hear the waves crash against the rocks. Experience the castle from a spectacular angle. Situated on the sheer cliff edge the ruins are truly majestic and have a lot of history and myths locked up in the walls. A perfect spot for a memorable photograph! As we travel through the Glens of Antrim we will visit the Dark Hedges. Made famous (Not that it was needed) by the hit TV series “ Game of Thrones” as the Kings road you will have the opportunity to walk along the avenue of Beech trees. Planted over 200 years ago as a stunning entrance to James Stuart’s new house it still lives on and still impress visitors today. Reaching Belfast we have one last stop and definitely another highlight of the day. The world renowned Belfast Titanic Exhibition extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition. From special effects, rides, full-scale reconstructions and interactive features you will explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day in the Ocean Exploration Centre. With the entrance ticket included in the price of the tour this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this attraction. When time allows we will stop in Belfast city to have a quick break before heading back to Dublin, where you will be home in good time to have a great night out to finish a great day out!

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Tour

6. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Tour

On this full-day excursion to the Giant’s Causeway you’ll leave Belfast in the morning with your Irish guide and fellow travel partners for a drive through the rolling farmland of County Antrim to the northern coast of Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty. Dark Hedges (photos) Stop for photos and fresh air at one of the most amazing natural phenomena in Northern Ireland, the Dark Hedges. The trees were planted centuries ago by the Stuart family to make an impression upon guests visiting their estate. Many guests will recognize Dark Hedges as the King's Road from HBO's Game of Thrones. Carrick-a-Rede (photos) Enjoy amazing views overlooking the rope bridge. Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island over a chasm of 23m-deep and 20m-wide, to harvest salmon from their nets. Enjoy views of the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and Rathlin Island. Unesco Giants Causeway The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the causeway was built by the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool. You’re guaranteed 2 hours at the Giant's Causeway on this tour before returning to Belfast. The entrance fee for the visitor center is not included as the Unesco World Heritage Site is actually completely free of charge to the public. Based on years of guest feedback guests prefer to have the best possible value price for the overall tour and then can make individual decisions locally as to whether they wish to access the adjacent visitor center for a fee at the door. Dunluce Castle (The House of Greyjoy) Make a photo stop at the incredible ruins of Dunluce Castle (entry not included), home to the McQuillan family who built the fortress around 500 years ago. Game of Thrones fans will immediately recognize the House of Greyjoy. One of the most spectacular castle ruins anywhere in the world, Dunluce Castle is located on top of cliffs that collapse into the North Atlantic below. The Castle’s dramatic history of violence, intrigue and rebellion is matched by the scandal and betrayal committed by the Greyjoys in Game of Thrones. Enjoy paid admission and approx 60 minutes to explore these most romantic ruins, grounds, and surrounds. Arrive Belfast The tour ends in Belfast in the late afternoon, which allows plenty of time for refreshments, rest, evening dinner, and entertainment options.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway and Titanic Belfast Tour

7. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway and Titanic Belfast Tour

Discover the Giant's Causeway and the highlights of County Antrim on a guided day trip from Belfast. See some of the filming locations from Game of Thrones and visit the largest Titanic exhibition with included entry tickets. Leaving central Belfast, travel through the Antrim countryside to the Dunluce Castle ruins to take a few photos of the castle dating back to the 13th century. The castle was featured in Narnia and Game of Thrones as the fortress of Greyjoy’s home. A highlight of the day is the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy around 2 hours exploring the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns formed during a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Hear the legend of the Giant Finn McCool while admiring the shores of the Atlantic Ocean before stopping at the Dark Hedges. This location was made famous by Game of Thrones as the location where Arya Stark made her escape down The Kings Road. Journey down the tunnel-­like avenue of intertwined beech trees and get some spectacular photos of one of the most visited sites in Northern Ireland. On the return journey to Belfast, visit the Titanic Belfast (entry included). Stretching over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, experience the Titanic like never before. Experience a combination of special effects, rides, full-scale reconstructions, and interactive features. Learn about the Titanic story from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic end. After your visit, arrive back in Belfast where the trip began.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast Titanic with Ticket

8. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast Titanic with Ticket

Discover the natural splendor of Ireland’s UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway and explore the Titanic Museum in Belfast with an included admission ticket on a guided day trip from Dublin. Travel by bus, stopping at the Dark Hedges and Dunluce Castle, with free time in Belfast. Visit the Titanic Museum and spend 1.5 hours learning the story of the Titanic ocean liner and her ill-fated maiden voyage. The story comes alive with innovative technology, scale models, and more. See the Giant's Causeway, comprising about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Spend 1.5 hours getting up close to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. You will have the time to walk along the cliffs overlooking the Causeway taking stunning pictures, before going for a stroll on the Giant's Causeway itself. Make a photo stop at the magnificent Dunluce Castle. This 13-century castle ruin is one of the most photogenic landmarks in Ireland. Stop at the Dark Hedges for 15-20 minutes. This centuries-old lane of beech trees has been featured in films (Transformers) and on television (Game of Thrones). Explore Belfast for around 30 minutes. See the Big Fish, Albert's Clock, St. Anne's Cathedral. You will have time to do some shopping and buy some food before heading back to Dublin.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Tour and Whiskey Tasting

9. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Tour and Whiskey Tasting

Meet your friendly guide and board the bus from the Dublin City Gallery in the early morning, then set out on a full-day adventure to Northern Ireland. Leave the busy city behind and head into the luscious, rolling countryside landscapes on your way to the first destination of the day, Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. Arrive at Bushmills, which is the world’s oldest licensed Whiskey Distillery, and meet their resident whiskey expert. Enjoy a tasting session of some of the distillery’s most beloved whiskeys, including a 10-year-old, 12-year-old, and reserve whiskey. Head to the idyllic Dark Hedges next, which is the most photographed natural phenomenon in Northern Ireland. Spend 20-minutes at the site taking photos, and learn about how the hedges were planted more than 270-years-ago by the Stuart Family as a driveway to their mansion. Continue the tour through the sprawling rural surroundings, stopping at the ruins of Dunluce Castle for a photo op. The next destination of the day is the iconic Giant’s Causeway, which is Northern Ireland’s most popular visitor attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site. Enjoy 2-hours at the site, taking photos of the magnificent seascape and fascinating stone columns, some of which reach 40 feet into the air. Finally, spend at least an hour of free time in Belfast to explore at your own leisure and visit some of the city center attractions. Make the most of the opportunity to pick up a souvenir of your trip, or grab some snacks for the return journey to Dublin. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back, relax, and enjoy a well-deserved on the way back to Dublin.

From Belfast: Hop-on Hop-off Northern Ireland Bus Tour

10. From Belfast: Hop-on Hop-off Northern Ireland Bus Tour

Discover the best of Northern Ireland by a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. Explore some of the most famous towns and attractions within the region, with stops at the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Ballintoy, Carrickfergus, and many other points of interest. Choose from several departure times from Belfast and stop where you want on the route. Spend as much time as you like exploring and discovering the sights and attractions. After departing Belfast, the bus makes its way to northern Antrim and eventually up the Causeway route with several stops along the way. Jump off where you want, explore, and when you're ready, take the next available bus to the next stop. In addition to the Giant's Causeway, some of the stops included on the route are: The Dark Hedges Stroll along the atmospheric avenue of beech trees leading to Gracehill House. Located outside the village of Armoy. Game of Thrones fans will know this location as the Kingsroad. Bushmills Town Hop off at the charming town of Bushmills and pay a visit to the Old Bushmills Distillery. Take an optional tour, and learn about one of the most popular international Irish whiskey brands. Ballintoy Village Stroll through the village and see The Fullerton Arms Hotel where door No.6 from the Game of Thrones series is on display. Walk to Ballintoy Harbour which was the setting for Pyke and the Iron Islands in the series. Be sure to walk across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge to the lookout point.  Ballycastle Discover this charming seaside town. Explore the ruins of Dun-a-Mallaght, Dunraineya, and the ruined Dunaneeny Castle. You can also take the ferry to Rathlin Island. Cushendun Visit Mary McBride’s pub is which is the home of Door No.8 from Game of Thrones. Explore the Cushendun Caves where parts of the series were also filmed. Stop at the Ruins of Carra Castle or visit Glenmona House and forest grounds. Carrickfergus Town and Carrickfergus Castle Explore one of the oldest towns on the island of Ireland. Visit numerous historic landmarks such as the eponymous Carrickfergus Castle, the oldest Norman castle in Ireland. Visit the Andrew Jackson Cottage, where the parents of the 7th President of the United States were born. Make a stop at the Carrickfergus Museum and learn about the long and distinguished history of the town and surrounding area. After exploring these and other fascinating landmarks, hop back on the bus for a relaxing journey back to central Belfast. If you have still a lot to do on your itinerary, use a multi-day pass to start the journey again the following day and pick up where you left off.

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A value for money day out that provided opportunity to see the sights from a well outfitted bus. Professional organisation, and excellent itinerary that gave you plenty of time to explore the sights.

Can't rate this trip high enough, absolutely fabulous day out. Steve our driver & tour guide courtesy of mc Coombs tours was so friendly, professional, informative & funny.

Mark and Darek were amazing guide and driving pair. long trip, but the experience was wonderful. The sights along with the historical/informative guide were a perfect pair

Fantastic day our driver/guide John was an absolute star very entertaining guy ,with songs and jokes aswell as information and folklore stories.

CJ the guide and Makko the driver were great! Overall, had an excellent experience. I learned a lot, and the views were incredible.