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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com after booking online and we will confirm back to you and advise your pick up time.
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.
Tour from Belfast key facts:
Departs: 9.30am every day
From: Check in at 9.15am at Irish Tour Tickets shop - 10 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7BA
FREE pick up from any Belfast city
centre hotel on request at time of
booking - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Returns: Returns to Belfast at 6.45pm
Children to 16: £17.50
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