Full day Giants Causeway and Antrim Coast Tour from Belfast – Tour details and itinerary

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Our full day Giants Causeway and Antrim Coast tour remains our flagship daily tour.   Unlike other tour companies – we operate all year round!

We have years of experience in showing you one of the most beautiful parts of planet Earth in our modern, luxury coaches.   Every tour is guided by a fully qualified and passionate guide, who will ensure that you are enriched and engaged by your visit. We can pick you up free of charge from any city centre hotel!  To book online – complete the form below, or book by phone through our Tour Office on 028 90 321 321 at any time.   If you have any specific queries about either itinerary, just get in touch and we will try to assist in any way we can.

FULL DAY CAUSEWAY COAST TOUR:

Departs: 0930 hrs Returns: 1845 hrs  

Travel with us to what is commonly called “The eighth wonder of the world”. Travel in one of our award winning coaches along the Causeway Coastal Route – voted one of world’s 5 most spectacular drives!  Our tours are limited to small groups and offer a more personal experience.  It also ensures you can maximise your time at each attraction and spend less time waiting on stragglers returning to the coach. With the smaller groups we use smaller vehicles and believe it really makes a difference to your experience.  We get you to places that many of the big coaches cannot access and with our expert guides we provide a more relaxed and entertaining tour.

TOUR ITINERARY


We depart Belfast and travel inland to the north coast – most other tours return to Belfast inland but this allows us to beat the big crowds and queues!

Bushmills Whiskey Distillery

Our first stop of the day is at Bushmills Whiskey Distillery which has been creating beautiful ‘ water of life ‘ since 1608 making this the oldest working distillery in Ireland.
Visit this place where family and friends have worked together for generations with the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to create beautifully smooth whiskey. Your stop here allows time for tasting of course!

Dunluce Castle

Our next stop is a photo opportunity at Dunluce Castle. This now ruined medieval castle sits perched on the edge of a basalt cliff and is one of the most picturesque and romantic castles anywhere in Ireland.

Giants Causeway

We then make our way to a wonder of the world – the Giants Causeway. Commonly called ‘ the 8th wonder of the world ” , the Giants Causeway is the only world heritage site in Ireland. During our stop here you can spend time climbing over the ancient stones, snapping photos and reflecting on the myths and legends of this very unique area.

Ballycastle –  lunch stop

We stop for lunch in the coastal town of Ballycastle. You can choose from various lunch options depending on your own personal budget and you are welcome to bring a packed lunch if you wish.

Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge

After lunch we visit the amazing Carrick a Rede rope bridge – where you can of course cross the bridge which spans a chasm over 75ft in height. The lovely coastal path provides a spectacular walk with stunning sea and cliff views. There is a small charge to cross the bridge ( approx £4.00 payable on site to the National Trust – National Trust members cross free of charge ).

Antrim Coast Road

The Antrim Coast Road is widely agreed to be one of the finest stretches of road anywhere in the world. The road hugs the coast line giving incredible seaside views, passing unspoilt beaches and sheltering under rugged cliffs. You may even see Scotland on a good day!

All that then remains to be done is to sit back and relax on the comfortable journey back to Belfast in one of our award winning luxury coaches.   This really is a must take tour, and with the combination of our luxury coaches, experienced and friendly tour guides, and wonderful attractions, you would be mad to miss it!  

Tour prices:

Adults: £25.00

Students / Seniors: £22.50

Children up to 16 years: £17.50

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Our daily tour departs from Belfast seven days a week. We will pick you up from any Belfast city centre hotel – simply email us at booked@belfastcitysightseeing.com after booking online and we will confirm back to you and advise your pick up time.

How The Giants Causeway was created:

Geology and the scientific explanation:  

During the Paleogene period, Antrim was subject to intense volcanic activity, when highly fluid molten basalt intruded through chalk beds to form an extensive lava plateau. As the lava cooled rapidly, contraction occurred.

While contraction in the vertical direction reduced the flow thickness (without fracturing), horizontal contraction could only be accommodated by cracking throughout the flow. The extensive fracture network produced the distinctive columns seen today.

The basalts were originally part of a great volcanic plateau called the Thulean Plateau which formed during the Paleogene period.  

The Irish version of events:  

Legend has it that the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart Benandonner.

One version of the legend tells that Fionn fell asleep before he got to Scotland. When he did not arrive, the much larger Benandonner crossed the bridge looking for him. To protect Fionn, his wife Oonagh laid a blanket over him so he could pretend that he was actually their baby son.

In a variation, Fionn fled after seeing Benandonner’s great bulk, and asked his wife to disguise him as the baby. In both versions, when Benandonner saw the size of the ‘infant’, he assumed the alleged father, Fionn, must be gigantic indeed.

Therefore, Benandonner fled home in terror, ripping up the Causeway in case he was followed by Fionn.   Another variation is that Oonagh painted a rock shaped like a steak and gave it to Benandonner, whilst giving the baby (Fionn) a normal steak.

When Benandonner saw that the baby was able to eat it so easily, he ran away, tearing up the causeway.  

The “causeway” legend corresponds with geological history in as much as there are similar basalt formations (a part of the same ancient lava flow) at the site of Fingal’s Cave on the isle of Staffa in Scotland.

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