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From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

1. From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

Discover the beauty of Northern Ireland and the world-famous Giant’s Causeway on a tour from Belfast. Visit the Giants Causeway, Carrickfergus Castle, Glenarm Castle, Carnlough Harbour, Waterfoot Caves, Cushendun Curfew House, Rope Bridge, and The Dark Hedges while navigating the Antrim Coast Road. After leaving Belfast in the morning, a short journey will take you to the first stop of the day at Carrickfergus Castle, a 12th-century Norman castle. Walk around and take photographs of the castle and the harbor. Continue the drive along the Antrim Coast Road, traveling through some of the nine Glens of Antrim. Wind through small towns and villages, hearing the myths and legends of the fairies and leprechauns that reside in these Glens. Driving through Glenarm, pass Carnlough Harbour, the Waterfoot Caves, and Cushendun Curfew house. Travel up through Glencorp and Glendunn, passing the coastal town of Ballycastle before arriving at the Portaneevy View Point to see Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge.  Stop to admire views at the rope bridge and look across to the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and Rathlin Island. Listen to the stories behind these sights before stopping next at the Dark Hedges, known as the Kingsroad in the Game of Thrones HBO series. Walk among the trees made famous by the Game of Thrones followed by a lunch stop at a traditional pub (costs not included).  Later, visit more locations from the Game of Thrones. Travel by Carnlough Harbour where Arya Stark swam and pass by Magharmorne Quarry where Castle Black was located. The finale of the day is a stop at the Giant’s Causeway where you can explore, walk across the historic stones, and learn about the legend of the Giant Finn MacCool. Discover how and why he built the Causeway.  After your day of exploring is done, travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route and get dropped off back in the city center or at the activity provider's office in Queen's Quarter.

Belfast: Explore the Giant's Causeway on a Guided Trip

2. Belfast: Explore the Giant's Causeway on a Guided Trip

Embark on a scenic drive to Northern Ireland's most iconic locations from Belfast. Visit the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge, Cushendun Caves, Carnlough Harbour, Bushmills Distillery, and the Dark Hedges. Learn about the history with live commentary on board. Board a comfortable bus and set off on your adventure. Make a stop at Carrickfergus Castle to take some striking photos. Then, journey along the Causeway Coastal Route, with stops at the Caves at Cushendun and Carnlough Harbour—both made famous by the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Enjoy a short photo stop at Portaneevy Viewpoint for breathtaking views of Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge. Enjoy a delicious pub-grub-style lunch at the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy (not included). Then re-board and head to the highlight of the tour, the Giant's Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, climb over the ancient stones and discover the myths and legends that surround this world-famous attraction. After the Giant’s Causeway, stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle, a castle ruin unlike any other in the world. Spend 30 minutes at Ireland's oldest whiskey distillery, Bushmills. Visit the gift shop or enjoy a taste of this world-famous and critically acclaimed whiskey. The final stop of the day is at the stunning Dark Hedges, so easily recognizable from Game of Thrones. Finally, relax on the comfortable return journey to Belfast.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Day Tour

3. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Day Tour

Depart central Belfast onboard your luxury coach and head out onto the world famous causeway coastal road, voted one of the worlds best drives! Our first stop of the day is Carrickfergus castle where you will have time to grab a quick photo, the castle was built in 12th century by the Normans and still looks incredible even today. Next we will travel through the glens of antrim and navigate the tight famous coastal road to carnlough harbour, a picturesque Irish fishing village that time has almost forgotten. Disembark and stretch your legs, and explore the harbour or grab refreshemnts and use the toilets. We now travel deeper into the glens of antrim and to cushendun caves, discover the stunning caves and enjoy spectacular views over looking the mull of kintyre in Scotland which is easy to see on any clear day. The iconic dark hedges is our next port of call, and is one of the most instagramable spots in Northern Ireland, you will have the chance to walk along the famous road and also grab lunch at your own expense at the local pub. After lunch we re-board the coach and head to the highlight of the tour, the Giant's Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, you’ll spend some time climbing over the ancient stones and enjoying the myths and legends that surrounds this world-famous attraction at no extra cost! After the Giant’s Causeway, we make a short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle where you can grab a quick photo before heading back to central Belfast for the final leg of the tour.

Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast

4. Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast

Take a journey into Westeros and see epic filming locations from the Game of Thrones TV series. Board your coach at our meeting point at 22-32 Donegall Road, Belfast before setting off on an adventure to drive via luxury coach to the locations of Game of Thrones.  Enter the Caves of Cushendun where the Red Priestess Melisandre gave birth to a Shadow Assassin. Even visit Braavos - locally known at Carnlough. Travel down the Dark Hedges, aka the King’s Road, where Arya Stark traveled with Gendry and Hot Pie hoping to reach the Night’s Watch. See Ballintory Harbor, which was used for exterior shots for both Pyke and the Iron Islands. Marvel at the Giant’s Causeway, an area of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which form a staircase. The ropebridge and the Giant’s Causeway haven’t appeared in Game of Thrones, but they would make excellent locations for your fan fiction. There is lots more included on the tour for those who aren't major Thronies - such as Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle and Carrickfergus Castle. Why choose us? This is the original Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast - we even transported the Cast & Crew during filming here! This tour has more stops than any other. We have the most modern & comfortable coaches - like the tour, they're award winning. Our guides are the most experienced - some with more than 20 years in the driver/guide seat!

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway & Game of Thrones Day Tour

5. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway & Game of Thrones Day Tour

Our 5 star Giants Causeway tour departs at 9am from our Tour Shop, located at 10 Great Victoria Street, from here we will make our way towards Carrickfergus Castle for our first stop. The first stop of the tour will be at Carrickfergus Castle, the castle was built by the Normans in 1177 AD. It remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland and presents a great opportunity for photographs. You can also find a statue here of King William lll who landed in Carrickfergus on 14th June, 1690. We will now travel along the coastal road towards Carnlough Harbour for a comfort stop, Carnlough Harbour is an old picturesque fishing village and more recently famous for featuring in the famous Game of Thrones HBO show. The village will be known to Game of Thrones fans as the Free City of Braavos. We now venture further along the coast road towards Portaneevy viewpoint, at this stop you can see the famous Carrick-a-rede rope bridge (we currently can’t access the rope bridge to cross it as coach tours have no accessibility). The purpose-built viewing platform offers panoramic views of the Causeway Coast's stunning natural environment and coastal headlands. On a clear day and Portaneevy you will see as far as Scotland! Our next location is the iconic Dark Hedges which provides one of the best opportunities for that ‘Instagram’ photo! Fans of Game of Thrones will instantly recognise this as the Kings Road from Game of Thrones. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, these 300 year old beech trees are an incredible sight. This will also be our main lunch stop for the day and you are welcome to eat your pre-packed lunch that you brought with you or we would recommend selecting from a menu and eating at The Hedges Hotel. The next stop in our tour will be at Bushmills, this small village located on the North Coast is filled with a rich history and enchanting natural beauty. Famed as the home to the Old Bushmills Distillery, this picturesque village casts a spell on visitors with its age-old charm, phenomenal landscape, and world-class whiskey. We are now on the build up to our main stop, just before this we will make a quick photo stop at Dunluce Castle, Dunluce is a now-ruined medieval castle which was built in the 13th century. This castle also features in Game of Thrones as the Great Castle of Pyke. The next stop is the highlight of the tour and what you have come to see, The Giant’s Causeway. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the Causeway was built by the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool. We will tell you the story and let you decide. We will now make our way back to Belfast for approx 6pm.

Giant's Causeway Tour and 1-Day Open Top City Tour Pass

6. Giant's Causeway Tour and 1-Day Open Top City Tour Pass

Giant's Causeway Tour:  The first stop of the tour will be at Carrickfergus Castle, the castle was built by the Normans in 1177 AD. It remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland and presents a great opportunity for photographs. We will now travel along the coastal road towards Carnlough Harbour for a comfort stop, Carnlough Harbour is an old picturesque fishing village. The village will be known to Game of Thrones fans as the Free City of Braavos. We now venture further along the coast road towards Portaneevy viewpoint, at this stop you can see the famous Carrick-a-rede rope bridge (we currently can’t access the rope bridge to cross it as coach tours have no accessibility). Our next location is the iconic Dark Hedges which provides one of the best opportunities for that ‘Instagram’ photo! Fans of Game of Thrones will instantly recognise this as the Kings Road from Game of Thrones. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, these 300 year old beech trees are an incredible sight. This will also be our main lunch stop for the day and you are welcome to eat your pre-packed lunch that you brought with you or we would recommend selecting from a menu and eating at The Hedges Hotel. The next stop in our tour will be at Bushmills, this small village located on the North Coast is filled with a rich history and enchanting natural beauty. Famed as the home to the Old Bushmills Distillery, this picturesque village casts a spell on visitors with its age-old charm, phenomenal landscape, and world-class whiskey. We are now on the build up to our main stop, just before this we will make a quick photo stop at Dunluce Castle, Dunluce is a now-ruined medieval castle which was built in the 13th century. This castle also features in Game of Thrones as the Great Castle of Pyke. The next stop is the highlight of the tour and what you have come to see, The Giant’s Causeway. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the Causeway was built by the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool. We will tell you the story and let you decide. We will now make our way back to Belfast for approx 6pm. Belfast City Tour 1 Day Pass: This Belfast hop on hop off bus tour provides you with a comprehensive look at this special city and allows you to explore every area with 19 stops around the city. The tour operates seven days per week and tickets are valid for 2 days. If you decide not to hop off on the route the tour will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.  Some of the attractions where there are stops include Titanic Belfast (Discounts available), Crumlin Road Jail, HMS Caroline, Queens University, Botanic Gardens and the political wall murals. 

Belfast: Causeway + Game of Thrones Tour + 1-Day City Tour

7. Belfast: Causeway + Game of Thrones Tour + 1-Day City Tour

Giant's Causeway Tour + Game of Thrones: The first stop of the tour will be at Carrickfergus Castle, the castle was built by the Normans in 1177 AD. It remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland and presents a great opportunity for photographs. We will now travel along the coastal road towards Carnlough Harbour for a comfort stop, Carnlough Harbour is an old picturesque fishing village. The village will be known to Game of Thrones fans as the Free City of Braavos. We now venture further along the coast road towards Portaneevy viewpoint, at this stop you can see the famous Carrick-a-rede rope bridge (we currently can’t access the rope bridge to cross it as coach tours have no accessibility). Our next location is the iconic Dark Hedges which provides one of the best opportunities for that ‘Instagram’ photo! Fans of Game of Thrones will instantly recognise this as the Kings Road from Game of Thrones. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, these 300 year old beech trees are an incredible sight. This will also be our main lunch stop for the day and you are welcome to eat your pre-packed lunch that you brought with you or we would recommend selecting from a menu and eating at The Hedges Hotel. The next stop in our tour will be at Bushmills, this small village located on the North Coast is filled with a rich history and enchanting natural beauty. Famed as the home to the Old Bushmills Distillery, this picturesque village casts a spell on visitors with its age-old charm, phenomenal landscape, and world-class whiskey. We are now on the build up to our main stop, just before this we will make a quick photo stop at Dunluce Castle, Dunluce is a now-ruined medieval castle which was built in the 13th century. This castle also features in Game of Thrones as the Great Castle of Pyke. The next stop is the highlight of the tour and what you have come to see, The Giant’s Causeway. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the Causeway was built by the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool. We will tell you the story and let you decide. We will now make our way back to Belfast for approx 6pm. Belfast City Tour 1 Day Pass: This Belfast hop on hop off bus tour provides you with a comprehensive look at this special city and allows you to explore every area with 19 stops around the city. The tour operates seven days per week and tickets are valid for 2 days. If you decide not to hop off on the route the tour will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Some of the attractions where there are stops include Titanic Belfast (Discounts available), Crumlin Road Jail, HMS Caroline, Queens University, Botanic Gardens and the political wall murals.

Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Coast Road & Game of Thrones Tour

8. Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Coast Road & Game of Thrones Tour

Head to the meeting point in Belfast and board a comfortable bus to begin your guided day trip to some of Ireland's most beautiful spots. After a short drive, you'll reach your first destination for the day, Carrickfergus Castle. Wander around the 12th-century castle and its grounds and discover one of the country's best-preserved medieval structures. Then, hop back aboard your tour bus to continue your adventure. Marvel at panoramic views of the countryside and coastline as you travel along the Antrim Coast Road and pass through some of the nine Glens of Antrim. Wind your way through small towns and villages and listen as your guide regales you with myths and legends of the fairies and leprechauns that reside in these Glens. Drive through Glenarm, pass Carnlough Harbour, the Waterfoot Caves, and the Cushendun Curfew house. Travel up through Glencorp and Glendunn, passing the coastal town of Ballycastle before arriving at the Portaneevy Viewpoint to see the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Stop here to take in the sweeping views and look across to the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and Rathlin Island. Learn more about each of these locations from your guide before heading back to the bus to make your way to the next destination, the Dark Hedges. Enjoy the unique experience of taking a stroll along the tree-lined avenue used as the filming location for the Kingsroad in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Then, having worked up an appetite, head to a local pub to refuel with lunch (cost not included). Continue your tour after lunch, visiting more Game of Thrones filming locations. Travel past Carnlough Harbour where Arya Stark swam and pass Magheramorne Quarry where Castle Black was located. Finally, reach the highlight of your day trip, the Giant's Causeway. Admire the interlocking basalt columns as you make the most of some free time at this iconic location. Explore, walk across the historic stones, and learn about the legend of the giant Finn McCool. Once your day of exploring is done, travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route and get dropped off at the activity provider's office in Queen's Quarter.

From Belfast: Private Giants Causeway Coastal Tour

9. From Belfast: Private Giants Causeway Coastal Tour

Travel to the spectacular Giants Causeway with a private driver/Guide We can customise this tour for you within the time frame or if you would like a longer tour than 7 hours you can purchace more time. 1. Dark Hedges - Departing from Belfast, we travel along the motorway, making our way to Ballymena. We then turn off at Armoy and venture through picturesque countryside scenery until we reach the iconic Dark Hedges tree tunnel. These magnificent beech trees, dating back over 300 years, create an enchanting tree tunnel that has become a popular attraction and was even featured on HBO's Game of Thrones. Prepare to be amazed by this natural phenomenon. 2. Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge view point - Our next stop is the famous Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge view point only. A 17th-century bridge suspended almost 100m above the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy breathtaking views of Rathlin, Carrick-A-Rede Island, and the Scottish Isles. ** Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance if you wish to cross the bridge, and additional time would need to be added to the tour on request to accommodate this thrilling experience ** 3. Ballintoy Harbour - Continuing along the scenic North Antrim Coastal Road, we arrive at the picturesque Ballintoy Harbour. This charming harbour is known for its rugged rocks, lime caves, and stunning coastal views. Take a moment to soak in the beauty of this serene location. 4. White Park Bay Viewing Point - Experience impressive views of the golden sandy beach along the North Atlantic Coast at White Park Bay Viewing Point. Let the captivating coastal scenery invigorate your senses. 5. Dunseverick Castle Ruins - Visit the historic ruins of Dunseverick Castle, perched on the Causeway coastline. Although much of the castle has been lost to time, the remains provide a unique glimpse into the past. 6. The Giant's Causeway - Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and the eighth wonder of the world - Marvel at the awe-inspiring hexagonal rock formations, a result of volcanic activity and have your own Finn McCool moment. Please remember to purchase tickets in advance to enter the visitors' centre. ** Tickets are not needed to visit the stones and we can show you the free way to do this but the Car Parking is charged at £10.00 paid locally. 7. The Causeway Hotel - Enjoy a delicious lunch break at The Causeway Hotel, (NOT included in the price) 8. Dunluce Castle Viewing Point - Marvel at the stunning view of Dunluce Castle, perched atop the cliffs of the North Coast. Built-in the 1500s, Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance to enter the ruins, and additional time will need be added to the tour to accommodate this stop. 9. Bushmills Distillery - Conclude your tour at the world's oldest licensed distillery, the renowned Bushmills Distillery, which has been producing whiskey since 1608. Enjoy some time to explore and shop, and if time permits, indulge in a whiskey-tasting experience at your own expense.

From Belfast: The Giant's Causeway & Game of Thrones Tour

10. From Belfast: The Giant's Causeway & Game of Thrones Tour

Enjoy this wonderful journey along the Antrim coast and beautiful mid-ulster countryside, where history, Folklore, and legends come to life. Famous for its many castles, clans, and culture like Carrickfergus built by the Normans or Glenarm & Dunluce, home to the Mc Donnell clan who fought in many battles including against Elizabeth 1. You will experience Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which you can cross at your peril or simply relax and take in the breathtaking views of the Irish & Scottish coasts and the far-reaching views across the North Atlantic Ocean where the Vikings once plundered. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giants Causeway, which really has to be seen to be believed, 40,000 volcanic columns over 60 million years old built by the famous Giant Finn Mc Cool & destroyed by his Scottish rival Benandonna, apparently! You will also discover the ruins of Dunluce castle, once home to the famous McDonnell Clan. For Game of Thrones fans, you can climb the steps of Braavos (Cairnlough harbour) where Arya Stark climbs out of the water after fighting with the waif (season 6). Stand in the caves where the red witch Melisandre, gives birth to a shadow demon that assassinates Renly Baratheon (season 2, will depend on time restrictions). Walk across the rope bridge where Balon Greyjoy meets his death when his brother Euron throws him off (season 6). Stand in the camp where Brienne of tarth beats Loras Tyrell in a battle. Visit the Iron Islands, (Ballintoy harbour) home of the Greyjoys and finally, the iconic Dark Hedges otherwise known as the King's Road, where Arya Stark sets off on her journey as a boy in season 1. The Antrim Coast & Game of Thrones tour starts in Belfast & travels north up the Antrim coast. -1st stop: Glenarm Castle, still home to the McDonnell Clan & Earl of Antrim (photo stop) -2nd stop: Carnlough harbour, where you can see the steps of Braavos. toilet/coffee stop, (20 mins). -3rd stop: Carrick-a-Rede to see or cross the famous rope bridge (Book tickets online for 11.30 if you want to cross) where Balon Greyjoy meets his death. Also at this location is the Larrybane quarry used to film the camp where Brienne beats Loras Tyrell in battle. Toilet/cafe (1h) -4th stop: The UNESCO World Heritage site, The Giant's Causeway. Toilet/cafe (2hs). -5th stop: Dunluce Castle (15 min) -6th stop: Ballingtoy harbour, the Iron Islands, home of the Greyjoys Toilet/cafe (20 mins) -7th stop: The Dark Hedges (10 mins) -8th stop: arrive in Belfast around 16.30

Our most recommended things to do in Ballymena

From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

Discover the beauty of Northern Ireland and the world-famous Giant’s Causeway on a tour from Belfast. Visit the Giants Causeway, Carrickfergus Castle, Glenarm Castle, Carnlough Harbour, Waterfoot Caves, Cushendun Curfew House, Rope Bridge, and The Dark Hedges while navigating the Antrim Coast Road. After leaving Belfast in the morning, a short journey will take you to the first stop of the day at Carrickfergus Castle, a 12th-century Norman castle. Walk around and take photographs of the castle and the harbor. Continue the drive along the Antrim Coast Road, traveling through some of the nine Glens of Antrim. Wind through small towns and villages, hearing the myths and legends of the fairies and leprechauns that reside in these Glens. Driving through Glenarm, pass Carnlough Harbour, the Waterfoot Caves, and Cushendun Curfew house. Travel up through Glencorp and Glendunn, passing the coastal town of Ballycastle before arriving at the Portaneevy View Point to see Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge.  Stop to admire views at the rope bridge and look across to the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and Rathlin Island. Listen to the stories behind these sights before stopping next at the Dark Hedges, known as the Kingsroad in the Game of Thrones HBO series. Walk among the trees made famous by the Game of Thrones followed by a lunch stop at a traditional pub (costs not included).  Later, visit more locations from the Game of Thrones. Travel by Carnlough Harbour where Arya Stark swam and pass by Magharmorne Quarry where Castle Black was located. The finale of the day is a stop at the Giant’s Causeway where you can explore, walk across the historic stones, and learn about the legend of the Giant Finn MacCool. Discover how and why he built the Causeway.  After your day of exploring is done, travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route and get dropped off back in the city center or at the activity provider's office in Queen's Quarter.

Belfast: Explore the Giant's Causeway on a Guided Trip

Belfast: Explore the Giant's Causeway on a Guided Trip

Embark on a scenic drive to Northern Ireland's most iconic locations from Belfast. Visit the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge, Cushendun Caves, Carnlough Harbour, Bushmills Distillery, and the Dark Hedges. Learn about the history with live commentary on board. Board a comfortable bus and set off on your adventure. Make a stop at Carrickfergus Castle to take some striking photos. Then, journey along the Causeway Coastal Route, with stops at the Caves at Cushendun and Carnlough Harbour—both made famous by the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Enjoy a short photo stop at Portaneevy Viewpoint for breathtaking views of Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge. Enjoy a delicious pub-grub-style lunch at the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy (not included). Then re-board and head to the highlight of the tour, the Giant's Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, climb over the ancient stones and discover the myths and legends that surround this world-famous attraction. After the Giant’s Causeway, stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle, a castle ruin unlike any other in the world. Spend 30 minutes at Ireland's oldest whiskey distillery, Bushmills. Visit the gift shop or enjoy a taste of this world-famous and critically acclaimed whiskey. The final stop of the day is at the stunning Dark Hedges, so easily recognizable from Game of Thrones. Finally, relax on the comfortable return journey to Belfast.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Day Tour

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Day Tour

Depart central Belfast onboard your luxury coach and head out onto the world famous causeway coastal road, voted one of the worlds best drives! Our first stop of the day is Carrickfergus castle where you will have time to grab a quick photo, the castle was built in 12th century by the Normans and still looks incredible even today. Next we will travel through the glens of antrim and navigate the tight famous coastal road to carnlough harbour, a picturesque Irish fishing village that time has almost forgotten. Disembark and stretch your legs, and explore the harbour or grab refreshemnts and use the toilets. We now travel deeper into the glens of antrim and to cushendun caves, discover the stunning caves and enjoy spectacular views over looking the mull of kintyre in Scotland which is easy to see on any clear day. The iconic dark hedges is our next port of call, and is one of the most instagramable spots in Northern Ireland, you will have the chance to walk along the famous road and also grab lunch at your own expense at the local pub. After lunch we re-board the coach and head to the highlight of the tour, the Giant's Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, you’ll spend some time climbing over the ancient stones and enjoying the myths and legends that surrounds this world-famous attraction at no extra cost! After the Giant’s Causeway, we make a short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle where you can grab a quick photo before heading back to central Belfast for the final leg of the tour.

Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast

Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast

Take a journey into Westeros and see epic filming locations from the Game of Thrones TV series. Board your coach at our meeting point at 22-32 Donegall Road, Belfast before setting off on an adventure to drive via luxury coach to the locations of Game of Thrones.  Enter the Caves of Cushendun where the Red Priestess Melisandre gave birth to a Shadow Assassin. Even visit Braavos - locally known at Carnlough. Travel down the Dark Hedges, aka the King’s Road, where Arya Stark traveled with Gendry and Hot Pie hoping to reach the Night’s Watch. See Ballintory Harbor, which was used for exterior shots for both Pyke and the Iron Islands. Marvel at the Giant’s Causeway, an area of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which form a staircase. The ropebridge and the Giant’s Causeway haven’t appeared in Game of Thrones, but they would make excellent locations for your fan fiction. There is lots more included on the tour for those who aren't major Thronies - such as Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle and Carrickfergus Castle. Why choose us? This is the original Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast - we even transported the Cast & Crew during filming here! This tour has more stops than any other. We have the most modern & comfortable coaches - like the tour, they're award winning. Our guides are the most experienced - some with more than 20 years in the driver/guide seat!

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway & Game of Thrones Day Tour

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway & Game of Thrones Day Tour

Our 5 star Giants Causeway tour departs at 9am from our Tour Shop, located at 10 Great Victoria Street, from here we will make our way towards Carrickfergus Castle for our first stop. The first stop of the tour will be at Carrickfergus Castle, the castle was built by the Normans in 1177 AD. It remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland and presents a great opportunity for photographs. You can also find a statue here of King William lll who landed in Carrickfergus on 14th June, 1690. We will now travel along the coastal road towards Carnlough Harbour for a comfort stop, Carnlough Harbour is an old picturesque fishing village and more recently famous for featuring in the famous Game of Thrones HBO show. The village will be known to Game of Thrones fans as the Free City of Braavos. We now venture further along the coast road towards Portaneevy viewpoint, at this stop you can see the famous Carrick-a-rede rope bridge (we currently can’t access the rope bridge to cross it as coach tours have no accessibility). The purpose-built viewing platform offers panoramic views of the Causeway Coast's stunning natural environment and coastal headlands. On a clear day and Portaneevy you will see as far as Scotland! Our next location is the iconic Dark Hedges which provides one of the best opportunities for that ‘Instagram’ photo! Fans of Game of Thrones will instantly recognise this as the Kings Road from Game of Thrones. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, these 300 year old beech trees are an incredible sight. This will also be our main lunch stop for the day and you are welcome to eat your pre-packed lunch that you brought with you or we would recommend selecting from a menu and eating at The Hedges Hotel. The next stop in our tour will be at Bushmills, this small village located on the North Coast is filled with a rich history and enchanting natural beauty. Famed as the home to the Old Bushmills Distillery, this picturesque village casts a spell on visitors with its age-old charm, phenomenal landscape, and world-class whiskey. We are now on the build up to our main stop, just before this we will make a quick photo stop at Dunluce Castle, Dunluce is a now-ruined medieval castle which was built in the 13th century. This castle also features in Game of Thrones as the Great Castle of Pyke. The next stop is the highlight of the tour and what you have come to see, The Giant’s Causeway. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the Causeway was built by the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool. We will tell you the story and let you decide. We will now make our way back to Belfast for approx 6pm.

Giant's Causeway Tour and 1-Day Open Top City Tour Pass

Giant's Causeway Tour and 1-Day Open Top City Tour Pass

Giant's Causeway Tour:  The first stop of the tour will be at Carrickfergus Castle, the castle was built by the Normans in 1177 AD. It remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland and presents a great opportunity for photographs. We will now travel along the coastal road towards Carnlough Harbour for a comfort stop, Carnlough Harbour is an old picturesque fishing village. The village will be known to Game of Thrones fans as the Free City of Braavos. We now venture further along the coast road towards Portaneevy viewpoint, at this stop you can see the famous Carrick-a-rede rope bridge (we currently can’t access the rope bridge to cross it as coach tours have no accessibility). Our next location is the iconic Dark Hedges which provides one of the best opportunities for that ‘Instagram’ photo! Fans of Game of Thrones will instantly recognise this as the Kings Road from Game of Thrones. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, these 300 year old beech trees are an incredible sight. This will also be our main lunch stop for the day and you are welcome to eat your pre-packed lunch that you brought with you or we would recommend selecting from a menu and eating at The Hedges Hotel. The next stop in our tour will be at Bushmills, this small village located on the North Coast is filled with a rich history and enchanting natural beauty. Famed as the home to the Old Bushmills Distillery, this picturesque village casts a spell on visitors with its age-old charm, phenomenal landscape, and world-class whiskey. We are now on the build up to our main stop, just before this we will make a quick photo stop at Dunluce Castle, Dunluce is a now-ruined medieval castle which was built in the 13th century. This castle also features in Game of Thrones as the Great Castle of Pyke. The next stop is the highlight of the tour and what you have come to see, The Giant’s Causeway. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the Causeway was built by the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool. We will tell you the story and let you decide. We will now make our way back to Belfast for approx 6pm. Belfast City Tour 1 Day Pass: This Belfast hop on hop off bus tour provides you with a comprehensive look at this special city and allows you to explore every area with 19 stops around the city. The tour operates seven days per week and tickets are valid for 2 days. If you decide not to hop off on the route the tour will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.  Some of the attractions where there are stops include Titanic Belfast (Discounts available), Crumlin Road Jail, HMS Caroline, Queens University, Botanic Gardens and the political wall murals. 

Belfast: Causeway + Game of Thrones Tour + 1-Day City Tour

Belfast: Causeway + Game of Thrones Tour + 1-Day City Tour

Giant's Causeway Tour + Game of Thrones: The first stop of the tour will be at Carrickfergus Castle, the castle was built by the Normans in 1177 AD. It remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland and presents a great opportunity for photographs. We will now travel along the coastal road towards Carnlough Harbour for a comfort stop, Carnlough Harbour is an old picturesque fishing village. The village will be known to Game of Thrones fans as the Free City of Braavos. We now venture further along the coast road towards Portaneevy viewpoint, at this stop you can see the famous Carrick-a-rede rope bridge (we currently can’t access the rope bridge to cross it as coach tours have no accessibility). Our next location is the iconic Dark Hedges which provides one of the best opportunities for that ‘Instagram’ photo! Fans of Game of Thrones will instantly recognise this as the Kings Road from Game of Thrones. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, these 300 year old beech trees are an incredible sight. This will also be our main lunch stop for the day and you are welcome to eat your pre-packed lunch that you brought with you or we would recommend selecting from a menu and eating at The Hedges Hotel. The next stop in our tour will be at Bushmills, this small village located on the North Coast is filled with a rich history and enchanting natural beauty. Famed as the home to the Old Bushmills Distillery, this picturesque village casts a spell on visitors with its age-old charm, phenomenal landscape, and world-class whiskey. We are now on the build up to our main stop, just before this we will make a quick photo stop at Dunluce Castle, Dunluce is a now-ruined medieval castle which was built in the 13th century. This castle also features in Game of Thrones as the Great Castle of Pyke. The next stop is the highlight of the tour and what you have come to see, The Giant’s Causeway. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the Causeway was built by the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool. We will tell you the story and let you decide. We will now make our way back to Belfast for approx 6pm. Belfast City Tour 1 Day Pass: This Belfast hop on hop off bus tour provides you with a comprehensive look at this special city and allows you to explore every area with 19 stops around the city. The tour operates seven days per week and tickets are valid for 2 days. If you decide not to hop off on the route the tour will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Some of the attractions where there are stops include Titanic Belfast (Discounts available), Crumlin Road Jail, HMS Caroline, Queens University, Botanic Gardens and the political wall murals.

Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Coast Road & Game of Thrones Tour

Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Coast Road & Game of Thrones Tour

Head to the meeting point in Belfast and board a comfortable bus to begin your guided day trip to some of Ireland's most beautiful spots. After a short drive, you'll reach your first destination for the day, Carrickfergus Castle. Wander around the 12th-century castle and its grounds and discover one of the country's best-preserved medieval structures. Then, hop back aboard your tour bus to continue your adventure. Marvel at panoramic views of the countryside and coastline as you travel along the Antrim Coast Road and pass through some of the nine Glens of Antrim. Wind your way through small towns and villages and listen as your guide regales you with myths and legends of the fairies and leprechauns that reside in these Glens. Drive through Glenarm, pass Carnlough Harbour, the Waterfoot Caves, and the Cushendun Curfew house. Travel up through Glencorp and Glendunn, passing the coastal town of Ballycastle before arriving at the Portaneevy Viewpoint to see the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Stop here to take in the sweeping views and look across to the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and Rathlin Island. Learn more about each of these locations from your guide before heading back to the bus to make your way to the next destination, the Dark Hedges. Enjoy the unique experience of taking a stroll along the tree-lined avenue used as the filming location for the Kingsroad in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Then, having worked up an appetite, head to a local pub to refuel with lunch (cost not included). Continue your tour after lunch, visiting more Game of Thrones filming locations. Travel past Carnlough Harbour where Arya Stark swam and pass Magheramorne Quarry where Castle Black was located. Finally, reach the highlight of your day trip, the Giant's Causeway. Admire the interlocking basalt columns as you make the most of some free time at this iconic location. Explore, walk across the historic stones, and learn about the legend of the giant Finn McCool. Once your day of exploring is done, travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route and get dropped off at the activity provider's office in Queen's Quarter.

From Belfast: Private Giants Causeway Coastal Tour

From Belfast: Private Giants Causeway Coastal Tour

Travel to the spectacular Giants Causeway with a private driver/Guide We can customise this tour for you within the time frame or if you would like a longer tour than 7 hours you can purchace more time. 1. Dark Hedges - Departing from Belfast, we travel along the motorway, making our way to Ballymena. We then turn off at Armoy and venture through picturesque countryside scenery until we reach the iconic Dark Hedges tree tunnel. These magnificent beech trees, dating back over 300 years, create an enchanting tree tunnel that has become a popular attraction and was even featured on HBO's Game of Thrones. Prepare to be amazed by this natural phenomenon. 2. Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge view point - Our next stop is the famous Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge view point only. A 17th-century bridge suspended almost 100m above the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy breathtaking views of Rathlin, Carrick-A-Rede Island, and the Scottish Isles. ** Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance if you wish to cross the bridge, and additional time would need to be added to the tour on request to accommodate this thrilling experience ** 3. Ballintoy Harbour - Continuing along the scenic North Antrim Coastal Road, we arrive at the picturesque Ballintoy Harbour. This charming harbour is known for its rugged rocks, lime caves, and stunning coastal views. Take a moment to soak in the beauty of this serene location. 4. White Park Bay Viewing Point - Experience impressive views of the golden sandy beach along the North Atlantic Coast at White Park Bay Viewing Point. Let the captivating coastal scenery invigorate your senses. 5. Dunseverick Castle Ruins - Visit the historic ruins of Dunseverick Castle, perched on the Causeway coastline. Although much of the castle has been lost to time, the remains provide a unique glimpse into the past. 6. The Giant's Causeway - Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and the eighth wonder of the world - Marvel at the awe-inspiring hexagonal rock formations, a result of volcanic activity and have your own Finn McCool moment. Please remember to purchase tickets in advance to enter the visitors' centre. ** Tickets are not needed to visit the stones and we can show you the free way to do this but the Car Parking is charged at £10.00 paid locally. 7. The Causeway Hotel - Enjoy a delicious lunch break at The Causeway Hotel, (NOT included in the price) 8. Dunluce Castle Viewing Point - Marvel at the stunning view of Dunluce Castle, perched atop the cliffs of the North Coast. Built-in the 1500s, Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance to enter the ruins, and additional time will need be added to the tour to accommodate this stop. 9. Bushmills Distillery - Conclude your tour at the world's oldest licensed distillery, the renowned Bushmills Distillery, which has been producing whiskey since 1608. Enjoy some time to explore and shop, and if time permits, indulge in a whiskey-tasting experience at your own expense.

From Belfast: The Giant's Causeway & Game of Thrones Tour

From Belfast: The Giant's Causeway & Game of Thrones Tour

Enjoy this wonderful journey along the Antrim coast and beautiful mid-ulster countryside, where history, Folklore, and legends come to life. Famous for its many castles, clans, and culture like Carrickfergus built by the Normans or Glenarm & Dunluce, home to the Mc Donnell clan who fought in many battles including against Elizabeth 1. You will experience Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which you can cross at your peril or simply relax and take in the breathtaking views of the Irish & Scottish coasts and the far-reaching views across the North Atlantic Ocean where the Vikings once plundered. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giants Causeway, which really has to be seen to be believed, 40,000 volcanic columns over 60 million years old built by the famous Giant Finn Mc Cool & destroyed by his Scottish rival Benandonna, apparently! You will also discover the ruins of Dunluce castle, once home to the famous McDonnell Clan. For Game of Thrones fans, you can climb the steps of Braavos (Cairnlough harbour) where Arya Stark climbs out of the water after fighting with the waif (season 6). Stand in the caves where the red witch Melisandre, gives birth to a shadow demon that assassinates Renly Baratheon (season 2, will depend on time restrictions). Walk across the rope bridge where Balon Greyjoy meets his death when his brother Euron throws him off (season 6). Stand in the camp where Brienne of tarth beats Loras Tyrell in a battle. Visit the Iron Islands, (Ballintoy harbour) home of the Greyjoys and finally, the iconic Dark Hedges otherwise known as the King's Road, where Arya Stark sets off on her journey as a boy in season 1. The Antrim Coast & Game of Thrones tour starts in Belfast & travels north up the Antrim coast. -1st stop: Glenarm Castle, still home to the McDonnell Clan & Earl of Antrim (photo stop) -2nd stop: Carnlough harbour, where you can see the steps of Braavos. toilet/coffee stop, (20 mins). -3rd stop: Carrick-a-Rede to see or cross the famous rope bridge (Book tickets online for 11.30 if you want to cross) where Balon Greyjoy meets his death. Also at this location is the Larrybane quarry used to film the camp where Brienne beats Loras Tyrell in battle. Toilet/cafe (1h) -4th stop: The UNESCO World Heritage site, The Giant's Causeway. Toilet/cafe (2hs). -5th stop: Dunluce Castle (15 min) -6th stop: Ballingtoy harbour, the Iron Islands, home of the Greyjoys Toilet/cafe (20 mins) -7th stop: The Dark Hedges (10 mins) -8th stop: arrive in Belfast around 16.30

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