Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Tour from Dublin Oct18Feb19
06:45 - 20:30
Meet your guide in central Dublin in early morning to start your trek to Northern Ireland where we will take you to some of the most spectacular places in all of Ireland.
The first stop, the Dark Hedges, will be a 10-15-minute stop. The Dark Hedges, made famous as a filming location of the hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, were planted 270 years ago by the Stuart family as a driveway to their mansion Gracehill Manor. It is now the most photographed natural phenomenon in Northern Ireland.
Next, you will make a quick 5-minute photo stop at arguably some of the most picturesque ruins in all of Ireland, Dunluce Castle. This is the type of location that makes even a picture taken on your smartphone look like a pictures taken by a professional.
Then you'll get to experience the beautiful location of Giant's Causeway for at least 1.5 hours. This must-see World Heritage Site is Northern Ireland's most popular visitor attraction, and for good reason. Magnificent seascape and of course the awe-inspiring hexagonal/polygonal stone columns that form the legendary causeway itself, some of which reach 40 feet (12 meters) into the air. The Giant’s Causeway was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986. Here you can have a sit down lunch if you prefer. The extra lunch stop time is added into the Causeway stop.
The brave will have the opportunity to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (free to cross if open). Carrick-a-Rede is an abandoned fishing island located just a few miles from the Giant’s Causeway. This 90-ft deep, 60-ft (27m, 18m) wide chasm is traversed by a traditionally built rope bridge which rewards the daring visitor with arguably the best views in the country. Spend approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes there.
You then get back on the coastal route and go through beautiful coastal towns like Ballycastle and Cushendun where you will enjoy fantastic view of islands just of the coast like Sheep Island, Rathlin Island or maybe even a glimpse of Scotland.
After that, you will stop for 20 minutes at the closest point between Ireland and Scotland, Cushendun, which is also the last stop before returning to Belfast. The guide will tell you the story of the statue of Johann the Goat.
On the way back to Belfast you will experience a unique part of the tour where we will be going across the Glens of Antrim with amazing panoramic views, instead of driving around them.Once in Belfast you will spend approximately 45 minutes there enjoying some of the sights this unique city has to offer.Belfast has a very compact city center as a legacy of the Troubles, also known internationally as the Northern Ireland conflic.
What do I need to prepare?
Using the restrooms before joining the tour is recommended. The first stop of the day would be around 2 hours away. During the day, there will be rest stops along the way.
Bringing a packed lunch is recommended as we do not stop anywhere for lunch. However, we have a rest stop in the morning at a service station where you can buy packed sandwiches and snacks as well.
Northern Ireland's currency is Pound Sterling but most places accept card payment. Except for food/ drinks and souvenirs, there is no additional costs for the day.
A printed copy of the ticket is not necessary. You can show it on your phone.
Comfortable shoes and warm rain-proof clothing recommended.