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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.

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

2. 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: Causeway Express Tour Shore Excursion

3. From Belfast: Causeway Express Tour Shore Excursion

This tour, specially created for cruise ship passengers, will cover some of the area's best sites, including Belfast City Hall and the International Peace Wall and The famous Belfast Murals. Driving up inland we will visit the Dark Hedges made famous by Game of Thrones TV Series, which is a romantic, atmospheric, tunnel-like avenue of intertwined beech trees planted in the eighteenth century. Next, head to Dunluce Castle for a photo stop. The iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north County Antrim by the MacQuillan family, the earliest written record of the castle was in the early 15 hundreds. A visit to Bushmills Whiskey Distillery the oldest licenced distillery in the world for a quick whiskey or just to take selfies of the whiskey barrels and cooper still this is always a popular stop. Last but not least, you'll see the Giant's Causeway, an area of around 40k interlocking basalt columns - the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

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 Dublin: Giant's Causeway Tour and Whiskey Tasting

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

Departing from Dublin, get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey to the stunning landscapes and historic sites of Northern Ireland. Buckle up as we explore some of the most iconic destinations in this captivating region. Our first stop on this tour is Dunluce Castle, a medieval fortress perched dramatically on a cliff overlooking the Irish Sea. You'll have the opportunity to capture breathtaking photos of this picturesque castle, surrounded by stunning coastal views. Immerse yourself in the rich history and folklore that surrounds this magnificent landmark. Next, we make our way to the legendary Giants Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a geological wonder. Marvel at the unique hexagonal basalt columns that stretch along the coastline, creating a fascinating natural landscape. Take your time to explore this mesmerizing site, stroll along the rugged cliffs, and learn about the mythical tales that shroud the causeway. As we continue our journey, we venture to the enchanting Dark Hedges, made famous by its appearance in the hit TV series "Game of Thrones." Walk beneath the intertwined branches of ancient beech trees that form a magical tunnel, transporting you to another world. Let your imagination run wild in this ethereal setting. Our final destination is Belfast, where we visit the Titanic Distillers at Thompson Dock. Previously the pumphouse that served the same docks of the RMS Titanic , but now turned into a whiskey distillery while still holding the history of the buildings previous purpose. Step into the Thompson Dock, where the iconic ship was constructed, and delve into the fascinating stories of its creation. To round off this experience, enjoy a whiskey tasting, savoring the flavors of the locally produced spirits. Throughout the tour, our knowledgeable guide will provide you with captivating stories, historical facts, and local anecdotes, offering a deeper understanding of the places we visit. Sit back, relax, and let us take care of the logistics as we showcase the best of Northern Ireland's natural wonders and cultural gems. Join us on this incredible adventure, as we depart Dublin and embark on a journey that will leave you with lasting memories of the stunning landscapes and rich history of Northern Ireland.

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

6. 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.

Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Glens of Antrim Day Tour

7. Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Glens of Antrim Day Tour

Meet your group and your tour representatives at Dublin’s Connolly Station at 7:10 AM for the 7:35 AM departure of the Enterprise Service to Belfast. Your tour begins when the train arrives in Belfast and you head to the famous Antrim Coast Road, crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim. This tour will take you to the stunning Giant's Causeway, with a photo stop to admire medieval Dunluce Castle. Afterwards, you’ll return to Belfast, where you’ll board the train to Dublin, arriving at Connolly Station at approximately 10:15 PM.

From Belfast: Private Giants Causeway Coastal Tour

8. 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: 4 Day Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way Tour

9. From Belfast: 4 Day Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way Tour

Day 1 Our tour starts with either a visit to the Titanic Museum in the well-known Titanic Quarter, or you can hop on the bus early and enjoy a scenic drive around the city of Belfast. You leave Belfast and travel to Hillsborough Castle and its stunning gardens. Here, you get to discover ornamental grounds, tranquil woodlands, and charming glens (tickets subject to availability) and even grab a bite to eat for lunch. Next, heading for the border past Lower Lough Erne, the landscape will get more rugged as you cross into the beat bogs and Hills of County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland. You will stay overnight in the town of Donegal, a popular foodie destination lined with cosy pubs filled with traditional music. Day 2 First are the Slieve League Cliffs, among the highest in Europe, that tumble down 600 metres to the unrestrained ocean and are steeped in legends. The landscape continues to get wilder as you travel through the sparsely populated Irish-speaking communities. Taking a break from the coastal delights, the route takes you through a striking mountain pass at Glengesh to the picturesque village of Ardara for lunch. You continue to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, before travelling through the impressive Glenveagh National Park. In the early evening, you arrive in Letterkenny, a vibrant town full of history and great traditional bars, where you spend two nights. Day 3 Leaving Letterkenny, you head straight for Fort Dunree. This strategic clifftop fort is now also home to a military museum. From here you travel along Mamore Gap, one of the most scenic drives in Ireland. Next up, you make your way to the lovely little town of Carndonagh for lunch. This market town boasts loads of pubs and restaurants, not to mention it’s the site of the ancient Donagh Cross or St Patrick’s Cross. After, it's time to make your way up to Malin Head. With its wild and rugged coastline, this northern-most point of Ireland feels out of this world, so no wonder it was used as a filming location for Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi. Your adventure continues to Grianan of Aileach. This peculiar hilltop fort dates back to 1700 BC and has some breathtaking views. Day 4 Today you travel back into Northern Ireland to admire the beauty of Downhill, a prominent stop on the Causeway Coastal Route. Take a stroll along Downhill beach before you pop up to see Mussenden Temple perched right on the cliff’s edge. This 18th-century temple was originally built to house the eccentric Earl Bishop’s library and is now one of the most photographed places in Ireland and a Game of Thrones location. Our next stop is at the seaside town of Portstewart for a well-deserved lunch break where you have free time to explore. No trip to Ireland is complete without a bit of whiskey, so you head off next for Old Bushmills Distillery, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery. With this delicious whiskey warming your insides, it’s time to head back to Belfast.

Giants causeway Irish castles & whiskey, Game of thrones

10. Giants causeway Irish castles & whiskey, Game of thrones

These are private professional chauffeured tours on day trips covering certain aspects of Ireland in an executive vehicle. The trips mainly concentrate on going to specific scenic sites and other areas of Interest with a historical or cultural background. The tours are given by professional guides who all have a passion for their chosen career and also hold the highest tour guide qualifications in Ireland and the UK as well as a driving a registered chauffeur to all the sites. Hound of Ulster Tours have been providing private tours to clients for over 5 years. Through out this time the company has earned a reputation of delivering high end private experiences. Private Bespoke tour ( Please read reviews). - Tour can be made flexible or changed/customised to suit guests agenda. - Admission to all sites are included in this price - Accommodation/Cruise ship/Airport etc pick up and drop off (Belfast 20 miles radius) without extra charge. - Chauffeur/ Tour guide Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product. This private tour includes the majestic loop around Torr head where Scotland can be seen 12 miles from the Irish Coast. We also stop at an Irish pub for Lunch. Stop At: Carrickfergus Castle. Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman Castle. Built in 1177 by John de Courcy Duration: 1 hr Stop At: Giant's Causeway, Bushmills. Travel back in time and see Northern Ireland's world Heritage Site Duration: 1 hr Stop At: Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills. See how they make the world famous Bushmills Irish whiskey. The worlds oldest working distillery, licensed in 1608 Duration: 1 hr Stop At: Dunluce Castle, Portrush. Dunluce Castle is a now-ruined medieval castle built in the 13th century. In the Game of Thrones it is Castle Greyjoy Duration: 30 min Stop At: Carrick-A-Rede Ballintoy. We stop here to take photos at the viewing point overlooking the wild Atlantic ocean of the north coast of Ireland Duration: 30 mins Stop At: The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney. Kings Highway in all its glory from the Game of Thrones. Duration: 30 mins

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We had a fabulous day on this trip! Our guide was fantastic, really knowledgeable, friendly and funny. The only one tiny gripe is that there are a couple of very short stops at The Rope Bridge and the whiskey distillery; it feels like it would be better to have one or the other and allow more time either to walk down and cross the rope bridge or to allow time to do a tour of the distillery.

Great guide, but there is no opportunity to get useful information if your English is not that good. an audio guide is missing. In addition, the Rope Bridge is no longer approached; you can only see it from a distance. That's what I was most looking forward to, it's not in the description. The Bushmills Distillery was closed, so this highlight was also canceled.

Everything went well. The driver was very nice, punctual and showed us a lot and explained it to us. It was a very nice trip. I can only recommend it to everyone

The trip was fun and it was worth the money. Our tour guide was considerate and made sure he didn’t talk the entire time.

Quite interesting, guide and driver were very pleasant to chat with.