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 – click here, 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: 1900 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!  

Enjoy the first stop of the day at Carrickfergus Castle, before travelling onward to the world famous Carrick-a-rede Ropebridge. The brave among us can make the terrifying trip across the bridge that was originally erected by salmon fishermen (weather permitting)*, or for those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on land, take one of the exhilarating walks, and enjoy the stunning views.  

We then have a break from our sightseeing, when we relax over lunch at Bushmills Distillery. Here you can also browse in the extensive gift shop, or make a visit to the bar to have a swift taste or two of the famous tipple!  

After you re-fuel at the Distillery, we will re-board our luxury coach to move on to the highlight of the tour – Giant’s Causeway, Irelands only World Heritage Site. Spend some time climbing over the ancient stones, snapping some photos, and enjoying the myths and legends that surround this world famous attraction.

We then re-board our luxury coach, and make our way to along the coast, for one last short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle.   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’d be mad to miss it!  

Itinerary:

- Depart Belfast

- Carrickfergus Castle photo stop

- Drive through Carnlough/Cushendall/Glenariff/Cushendun villages

- Carrick a Rede Rope bridge ( small fee payable to National Trust on site to cross the bridge )

- Bushmills Whiskey Distillery - Tasting room, information area, shop and lunch options

- Giants Causeway and visitor centre ( small fee payable if you wish to enter the new Visitor Centre )

- Dunluce Castle photo opportunity

- Return to Belfast

Adult rate: £25.00

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Our daily tour departs from Belfast seven days a week. We will pick you up from any Belfast city centre hotel – simply include your hotel name in the ‘comment box ‘ when booking online and we will 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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