A geologist’s dream, the extraordinary rock formations on the coastline of Northern Ireland’s County Antrim is a sight you’ll have to see to believe. The result of volcanic eruptions around 50-60 million years ago, the Giant’s Causeway is made up of some 40,000 huge basalt columns protruding from the shore. Despite knowing the science behind the site, the ethereal and mighty beauty of the Causeway makes it easy to understand why ancients believed it simply couldn’t be natural. Labelled the handiwork of giant Fin McCool, this striking sight has inspired Irish folklore for centuries, with tales still told by locals today. Whether you’re partial to the scientific or the mythical, there’s plenty to keep you busy at this Northern Irish gem.
Take a walk on the wild side. Striking cliff and coastal walks are one of the best ways to explore on your Giant’s Causeway day trip. Just be sure to don a good pair of walking shoes, it can get slippy!
Have a drive. If you can spare the time, the Causeway Coastal Route is definitely a road trip worth taking. Linking a handful of beautiful coastal villages and Irish attractions, the 120-mile drive from Derry to Belfast is the perfect addition to your Giant’s Causeway tour. Go slow and set aside at least three days to do it justice.
If you’re feeling ropey… Close by, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is well worth a look-in on your Giant’s Causeway day tour. Erected in 1755 by salmon fishermen, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge offers an ideal viewing platform to take in the incredible sights of the Causeway Coast and beyond.
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Best time to visit
Spring is the best time for a visit, with flights and accommodation from Dublin to the Giant’s Causeway significantly cheaper than in the summertime. Whatever the time of year, we recommend organising your Giant’s Causeway sightseeing trip for the early morning when the crowds are minimal and the beautiful dawn light paints the sky.
Various tour buses take travellers from both Ireland and Northern Ireland’s major cities and back again. Hire cars are also a convenient way to reach the Causeway Coast for those looking to dictate their own timetable.
Money saving tips
Booking your admission and tour tickets online in advance will save you significant amounts, while organising combination tour packages (take a look at ours on this page!) are also a great budget-friendly option for those looking to explore more of the region.
Did you know?
Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits about the Giant's Causeway…
Legend has it that the Causeway was the old stomping ground of giant Fin McCool. Reacting to the Scottish giant Benandonner threatening Ireland, an enraged Finn grabbed chunks of the Antrim coast and threw them into the sea. The rock forms a path for Finn to follow and teach Benandonner a lesson. Finn soon realised that Benandonner was too big a match for him, and scarpered back to the safety of Northern Ireland. And so, the rocks were made.
In fact, McCool’s belongings remain scattered throughout the Causeway’s coastline even now, with visitors stumbling across the giant’s missing shoe and lost camel, on their journey through the Causeway trails.