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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.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Trip

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day 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.

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

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

Visit Carrickfergus Castle, Carnlough Harbour, the Cushendun Caves, and walk along the King's Road on a guided tour of Game of Thrones filming locations from Belfast. Enjoy some free time at the Giant's Causeway and a photo stop at Dunluce Castle during the day. After departing central Belfast travel to the first stop at Carrickfergus Castle, a stunning 12th-century Norman structure. Walk around and take photographs of the harbor and the stunning castle. Continue the drive along Causeway coastal road around and through the Glens of Antrim. Navigating through small towns and villages, hear about local legends and stories from your guide. Visit Carnlough Harbour and fully discover a key Game of Thrones location that acted as Bravoos in Season 6. This location also acts as a refreshment stop where snacks can be purchased and toilets can be used. Travel to the Cushendun Caves which were used more than once in the hit show. Sir Davos Seaworth and Lady Melisandre landed ashore in Season 2 - Melisandre gives birth to a terrifying shadow baby, and in Season 8 the famous battle between Jaime Lannister and Euron Greyjoy. Next travel to The Dark Hedges, otherwise known as the King's Road. The road famously was where Arya Stark escaped from King’s Landing, disguised as a boy. Walk along the famous tree-lined road which has become a famous Instagrammable spot. Lunch can also be purchased at your own expense. After lunch, discover the Giant’s Causeway where you can explore, and walk across the historic stones, and learn about the legend of Irish giant Finn MacCool. Discover how and why he built the Causeway. Finally, enjoy a short photo opportunity at Dunluce castle, which was famously used as the seat for House Greyjoy. Travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route and get dropped off back at the meeting location in central Belfast, next to the Great Victoria Street train and bus station.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Tour

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Tour

On this full-day excursion to the Giant’s Causeway you’ll leave Belfast in the morning with your Irish guide and fellow travel partners for a drive through the rolling farmland of County Antrim to the northern coast of Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty. Dark Hedges (photos) Stop for photos and fresh air at one of the most amazing natural phenomena in Northern Ireland, the Dark Hedges. The trees were planted centuries ago by the Stuart family to make an impression upon guests visiting their estate. Many guests will recognize Dark Hedges as the King's Road from HBO's Game of Thrones. Carrick-a-Rede (photos) Enjoy amazing views overlooking the rope bridge. Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island over a chasm of 23m-deep and 20m-wide, to harvest salmon from their nets. Enjoy views of the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and Rathlin Island. Unesco Giants 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. You’re guaranteed 2 hours at the Giant's Causeway on this tour before returning to Belfast. The entrance fee for the visitor center is not included as the Unesco World Heritage Site is actually completely free of charge to the public. Based on years of guest feedback guests prefer to have the best possible value price for the overall tour and then can make individual decisions locally as to whether they wish to access the adjacent visitor center for a fee at the door. Dunluce Castle (The House of Greyjoy) Make a photo stop at the incredible ruins of Dunluce Castle (entry not included), home to the McQuillan family who built the fortress around 500 years ago. Game of Thrones fans will immediately recognize the House of Greyjoy. One of the most spectacular castle ruins anywhere in the world, Dunluce Castle is located on top of cliffs that collapse into the North Atlantic below. The Castle’s dramatic history of violence, intrigue and rebellion is matched by the scandal and betrayal committed by the Greyjoys in Game of Thrones. Enjoy paid admission and approx 60 minutes to explore these most romantic ruins, grounds, and surrounds. Arrive Belfast The tour ends in Belfast in the late afternoon, which allows plenty of time for refreshments, rest, evening dinner, and entertainment options.

Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast (Titanic or Black Taxi)

Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast (Titanic or Black Taxi)

Departure points: 7:00 AM at The Starbucks Cafe, 1 College Green, Dublin 2 7:05 AM at Dublin Bus Office, 59 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 Travel through the Boyne Valley on a full-day scenic tour from Dublin. Upon arrival in Belfast you have the option to take a political sightseeing tour in an iconic black cab (taxi) or visit the Titanic Experience. For the black cab tour you will see sites that have played a key role in the city’s political history, such as the Falls and Shankill neighbourhoods. Learn about the industrial roots of Belfast, and the 4 decades of civil unrest in the late 20th century. Sign the peace line, the towering wall that divides the communities, and read the political murals. A guide will relate their own family experiences to give your tour a more personal touch. Alternatively, go to the world’s largest state-of-the-art Titanic experience in Belfast’s new Titanic Quarter, located in the former shipyards of Harland and Wolf. Relive the liner’s tragic voyage, sinking, and eventful discovery on the seabed, via exhibits that explain her construction, launch and history in 9 different galleries. Typically the tour would visit the Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge. However, it is currently closed for tour operators and it is not yet clear as to when it will reopen. As an alternative attraction, visit the very popular Dunluce Castle. Enjoy this historic castle that dates back over 500 years and which is dramatically positioned on the edge of a cliff over the Atlantic. Discover this castle which has been used to film things like Game of Thrones. Visit and peruse the castle and grounds for 30 minutes. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Giant’s Causeway, formed over 60 million years ago by volcanic eruptions. Admire its distinctive rock formations that span nearly 18 miles of coastline. Hike to the formations known as “The Wishing Chair”, “Giant's Boot”, and “Giant's Organ.” Learn the legend of the Irish giant Finn McCool, said to be the Causeway's creator. This is where you have the option to have lunch in a number of venues located at the Causeway. With 2.5-hours there is ample time to lunch and walk this fabulous coastal landscape. Continue along the Antrim Coastal, driving past spectacular scenery of stony shores, wooded glens and sheltered harbors. See the remains of Dunseverick Castle, and admire views of the Mull of Kintyre. On a clear day, see Scotland in the distance. The route back to Dublin is different than the route taken to the Causeway earlier in the day, giving you different scenery to enjoy. Arrive back in Dublin City Center at roughly 8:15 PM and enjoy the rest of your evening. The tour guide will be on hand to help you with any directions or information you need.

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 Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, & Titanic Tour

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, & Titanic Tour

Take a full-day excursion from Dublin to the Titanic Experience, the Giant's Causeway and the Dark of Hedges to discover the magnificent grandeur of Northern Ireland's coastline. Take a bus to Northern Ireland and experience the enchantment of the Dark Hedges, a graceful avenue lined with beech trees that will take your mind to another place. These trees, which are immortalised in Game of Thrones as the Kings Road, create breathtaking natural tunnels that make for an amazing experience. Don't pass up the opportunity to use your camera to record this unspoiled beauty. You will see the wonders of the magnificent Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Imagine an incredible natural environment formed by more than 40,000 stair-shaped rocks that fall towards the sea. With its breathtaking treks, it's the fourth natural wonder of the nation. You will be enthralled with the stories that surround these rocks. Lastly, travel to Belfast, the Titanic's home port. Prior to our excursion to the Titanic Tour, our guide will regale us with tales from the city's intriguing past. Ten interactive galleries will allow you to fully experience the Titanic. Discover the ship's distinctive sights, sounds, scents, and stories. Discover the aspirations and hopes connected to the Titanic through this experience, and marvel at our assortment of one-of-a-kind artefacts from the ship.

Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, and Dunluce Castle

Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, and Dunluce Castle

Discover the famous Giant's Causeway on a guided tour from Belfast. Visit the Dark Hedges, made famous in Game of Thrones, and admire the scenic views around Dunluce Castle. Depart Belfast and travel by coach to The Dark Hedges, a beautiful avenue of beech trees planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century as an impressive feature of the driveway to their Gracehill Manor. Continue to the Giant's Causeway to marvel at 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. Learn about the legend of Finn, said to have built the causeway to cross the Irish Sea to fight a Scottish giant known as Benandonner. Enjoy impressive views of Sheep Island and the Mull of Kintyre. Take around 2 hours to explore and look around. Stop for a picture at Dunluce Castle, a now-ruined medieval castle. Capture this photogenic castle built in the 13th century and hear how it has inspired many TV programs, poems, and songs.

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.

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4.6
(5,201 reviews)

The trip was amazing! Lisa was the best tour guide one could ask for and Stephen was a brilliant driver. I needed to get to the airport rather than back to Belfast City so they even dropped me off mid way and put me in touch with a taxi company so I could get to the airport on time. Lisa's knowledge is wonderful and I got to learn so much about NI from her! She personally even walked around and asked people if they had any questions and gave personal experience stories and suggestions! Would highly recommend!

Rachel was the highlight of our trip. we had an amazing time listening to her detailed yet excited commentary and explanation on the sites. She gave us interested insights to the folk lore associated with each sites/towns we crossed. Would definitely recommend it to everyone. We would definitely return just to do a tour with Rachel.

Kevin and Marco are a good team. Kevin was an enthusiatic and devoted guide with much knowledge about history and country! Everything went smooth and well organised!

Would definitely recommend this trip the sights were amazing the guide was funny and informative, a great way to see Belfast

Loved the commentaries and the sceneries were lovely