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From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

1. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

Embark on a scenic drive to Northern Ireland's most iconic locations from Belfast. Visit the Giant's Causeway, Cushendun Caves, Carnlough Harbour, and the Dark Hedges. Learn about the history from live commentary on board. For the first stop, grab some photos at the beautiful Carrickfergus Castle. Then, journey along the coast, with stops along the way at the Caves at Cushendun and Carnlough Harbour—both recently made famous by the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Enjoy a delicious pub grub-style lunch at the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy, at your expense. Then re-board the luxury 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 surround this world-famous attraction. After the Giant’s Causeway, make a short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle, and then a final stop at the World Famous Dark Hedges. Then it’s time to sit back and relax on the comfortable return journey to Belfast.

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

2. 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) Enjoy a visit to the incredible ruins of Dunluce Castle, 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.

Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

3. Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

Embark on a day out in Belfast and explore the locations where Game of Thrones was filmed at. Learn all the facts and hidden secrets from your live guide. Enjoy a day out you won't forget in a hurry. Follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters as you visit the avenue of trees known as the Dark Hedges, used as the King's Road location where Arya became friends with Gendry and Hot Pie. Continue to the ruins of Dunluce Castle, said to be the inspiration for Harrenhal. Next, make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant's Causeway and explore the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns.  Next visit the Fullerton Arms, a Game of Thrones-themed pub and restaurant in Ballyintoy, lunch at your own expense. Then, go to the village of Cushendun to see the caves formed by over 400 million years of extreme weather conditions. During your tour, you will also stop at the Carrickfergus Castle, the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, and Larrybane Quarry. At the end of your tour, you will return to Belfast City Centre where you will be dropped off back at the meeting point.

From Belfast: Game of Thrones Winterfell Trek

4. From Belfast: Game of Thrones Winterfell Trek

Depart Jurys Inn Hotel and drive the scenic Ards Peninsula to the village of Portaferry. Here you will take a short ferry ride across the 'Narrows'. Arrive at Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell from season one. Take a morning trek around the estate to visit locations including Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's Camp in the Riverlands. After the morning trek, you will then stop for lunch at a charming guesthouse, restaurant, and pub in Strangford village (cost not included). You will also have the opportunity to see one of the famous Doors of Thrones. After lunch, visit Inch Abbey, the location where Robb Stark became King in the North. Here your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, Stark banners, and replica swords and shields for photo opportunities. Afterward, you will travel to Tollymore Forest Park. Discover the place where the Night's Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Stark's found the dead Direwolf and her litter of pups. After your trek has been completed you will then return to Jurys Inn Hotel, Belfast.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Coastal Adventure w/ Tickets

5. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Coastal Adventure w/ Tickets

Head out on the Antrim coastal road to the northern tip of Ireland on a day trip from Belfast. Pass by Carrickfergus Castle, stop in Carnlough for a harbor walk, and visit Ballycastle for lunch. Hear the myth of the UNESCO–listed Giant's Causeway from your guide and marvel at its basalt columns. Stop in the picturesque village of Carnlough and take a walk by the small harbor. Continue along the coast and then through the Glens of Antrim, hearing the myths about the fairies and leprechauns said to reside there. Stop for lunch in the coastal town of Ballycastle, before heading to the natural wonder of Giant's Causeway. Hear the legend of Giant Finn MacCool and the uniquely shaped stones. Enjoy access to the visitor's center and explore the history with insightful commentary from your audio guide. End the tour with photo stops at Dunluce Castle and the famous Dark Hedges.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle & Dark Hedges

6. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle & Dark Hedges

Depart Belfast and journey towards the North. Upon arrival at the Giant's Causeway, get around 2 hours to explore the Unesco World Heritage Site on your own. Marvel at the hexagonal columns of rock and experience why it has been called the "8th Wonder of the World." Travel to the Dark Hedges, an avenue of beech trees. Walk down this romantic lane and spend around 20 - 30 minutes here. You will understand why this location was featured in movie like the Transformers and TV show like the Game of Thrones. Enjoy a stop at Dunluce Castle for an amazing picture

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Tour with Admissions

7. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Tour with Admissions

Depart Belfast and journey by air-conditioned coach towards the basalt rocks of the Giant's Causeway. Stop to take photos of historic Dunluce Castle and then visit the Bushmills Distillery visitors center to learn more about the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. Hear the legend of the giant Finn MacCool at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant's Causeway. Enjoy exclusive access to the Giant's Causeway visitors center and a guided walking tour of the site. Brave the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge that links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. Stretch your legs in the beautiful village of Carnlough on the stunning Antrim Coast Road. End with a short stop at Carrickfergus Castle before arriving back in Belfast.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Tour and Whiskey Tasting

8. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Tour and Whiskey Tasting

Meet your friendly guide and board the bus from the Dublin City Gallery in the early morning, then set out on a full-day adventure to Northern Ireland. Leave the busy city behind and head into the luscious, rolling countryside landscapes on your way to the first destination of the day, Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. Arrive at Bushmills, which is the world’s oldest licensed Whiskey Distillery, and meet their resident whiskey expert. Enjoy a tasting session of some of the distillery’s most beloved whiskeys, including a 10-year-old, 12-year-old, and reserve whiskey. Head to the idyllic Dark Hedges next, which is the most photographed natural phenomenon in Northern Ireland. Spend 20-minutes at the site taking photos, and learn about how the hedges were planted more than 270-years-ago by the Stuart Family as a driveway to their mansion. Continue the tour through the sprawling rural surroundings, stopping at the ruins of Dunluce Castle for a photo op. The next destination of the day is the iconic Giant’s Causeway, which is Northern Ireland’s most popular visitor attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site. Enjoy 2-hours at the site, taking photos of the magnificent seascape and fascinating stone columns, some of which reach 40 feet into the air. Finally, spend at least an hour of free time in Belfast to explore at your own leisure and visit some of the city center attractions. Make the most of the opportunity to pick up a souvenir of your trip, or grab some snacks for the return journey to Dublin. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back, relax, and enjoy a well-deserved on the way back to Dublin.

Rail Tour from Dublin: 6 Days All of Ireland

9. Rail Tour from Dublin: 6 Days All of Ireland

Day 1 Check in Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for 7:00 departure of InterCity train to Cork (breakfast available). We visit Blarney Castle, the Queenstown Story at Cobh, then train to Killarney for two nights B & B with en-suite facilities. Day 2 10.00 depart Killarney on Ring of Kerry tour. We have a wonderful day viewing some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, including Dingle Bay. We also see the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain Carrantuohill, Moll's Gap, Ladies View and the world famous Lakes of Killarney. Overnight in Killarney. Day 3 07.30 transfer from Killarney to Limerick, to join the Cliffs of Moher Tour, visit Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, O'Connors Pub at Doolin, Galway Bay, overnight Galway City in 3 star Hotel (2 nights). Day 4 10.30am transfer to Connemara Airport for flight and tour of Inishmór, largest of the Aran Islands Day 5 10.00 depart Galway for tour of Connemara, including Kylemore Abbey after which we depart Galway by train, arriving Dublin Heuston 20.45 transfer by tram to three star hotel for two nights (room only). Day 6 Check in Dublin Connolly Station at 07.10 departure for the Giants Causeway tour. At Belfast we join our tour and head to the famous Antrim Coast Road crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim en route to Ballycastle and the Carrick-a-rede* rope bridge (Mid March - October only. Glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day. We continue to the stunning Giant's Causeway next, seeing Dunluce Castle (photo stop only). We return to Belfast and our train to Dublin arriving at Connolly station at 22:20 for second night in three star hotel. Depart Monday/Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday (March to October only) * Price is per person sharing Single Room Supplement applies

Belfast: Game of Thrones Iron Islands & Giant's Causeway

10. Belfast: Game of Thrones Iron Islands & Giant's Causeway

Depart from Jurys Inn hotel taking the Causeway Coastal Route, passing Carrickfergus Castle and Magheramorne Quarry, the location of Castle Black and the Wall. Stop for coffee and restrooms in Carnlough. This is the harbour where Arya escapes a Braavos canal after she was stabbed by the Waif. Stop to take photos at the Cushendun Caves in the Stormlands where Melisandre gave birth to a dark spirit. Cross Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, but don’t look down, it’s 30m (98 ft) to the rocks below. Please be advised that the walk from the coach park to the Rope Bridge itself is almost 1 km, so expect to walk for 20 minutes to the Rope Bridge, cross the bridge and back again, then walk 1 km back to the coach park along spectacular sea cliffs. Visit Renly’s Camp and Iron Islands Kingsmoot, the location of the Iron Islands Kingsmoot in season 6 when Euron claimed the Salt Throne from Yara. Stop for lunch at a charming guesthouse, restaurant and pub in Ballintoy on the north coast (not included). Afterwards, head to Ballintoy Harbor, the location where Theon came ashore on Pyke Island, where Theon later rededicated his faith to the ‘Drowned God’, where Ser Davos seeks the help of Salladhor Saan for the Battle of Blackwater Bay, and where Gendry escapes Dragonstone in a rowing boat. This is where your guide opens the trunk of the coach and takes out the Reever and Yara costumes, swords, axes, and Greyjoy banners. Next, you will visit the Giant’s Causeway: a UNESCO World Heritage site and geological marvel of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed in the Paleogene Period, 50-60 million years ago (please note there is up to 2 kilometers of walking at this location). On the way back, make a photo stop at the Dark Hedges, the haunting avenue of serpentine beech trees through which Arya and Gendry escaped King’s Landing.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 392 reviews

The driver Patric guide was enjoyable and helpful to understand where we visited. The restaurant was not very good for me because soup was not hot and spilling.

Value for money. Highly recommend this activity, the guide/bus driver is very kind and approachable!

Very good day out wonderful scenery with a very informative driver (Patrick)

Amazing! Specially the driver. For sure, we will come back.

Amazing scenery with a funny guide Patrik. Love it!