Gray Line Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway Day Tour will bring you to some of Northern Ireland’s most treasured sites. Where you get the chance to cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and take in some of the most beautiful sea cliffs along the causeway coast. You too can experience the wonderful land and seascape of the world famous Giant’s Causeway, with it being one of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the island of Ireland. Finally, you get a chance to visit the Dark Hedges and tour Dunluce Castle both made famous from the hit show, The Game of Thrones.
Departing early morning from Dublin heading North on our Giant’s Causeway Day Tour, you will have a comfort break just before you reach the border and head into Northern Ireland’s beautiful countryside.
The first stop on the Giant’s Causeway Tour is a visit to Dunluce Castle, which is precariously perched on the cliffside, and is indeed once the home of the notorious McDonnell clan! Part of the day tour package includes a self-guided tour of Dunluce where you will get an insight into its fascinating history and peerless family who owned it.
Next stop is The Giants Causeway which is the highlight of the trip. This UNESCO World Heritage site consists of a series of over 40,000 hexagonal shaped rocks that looks like a grand set of stairs leading into the sea. This formation has been astounding generations. These awe-inspiring stones have resulted in inspiring many a myth and stories surrounding their origin. Your guide will just be happy to tell you stories in full technicolour!
Next, you visit and cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge which connects a 23 metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm between the mainland and a small island. This has been used over the years by fishermen to place netting to capture migrating salmon. Following a 20-minute scenic cliff walk, you can traverse the bridge to the island with its abundance of birdlife, and to enjoy the spectacular coastal views from a different vantage point.
Finally, you will visit the Dark Hedges, a picturesque tree-lined road that looks as if it comes straight out of a storybook. The Dark Hedges represents the King’s Road in the famous television series The Game of Thrones and is an avenue of beech trees with branches hanging over the road.
You will arrive back in Dublin at around dinner time to reminisce about your northern adventure.
08:40 – Check in at Dublin Visitor Centre, 118 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
08:55 –Depart from College Green
12:45 – 12:55 –Dunluce Castle
13:00 – 14:45 – The Giant’s Causeway
15:00 16:00 – Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
16:30 – 16.55 – Dark Hedges – Game of Thrones
20:30 – Arrive back in Dublin City Centre
Head North to one of the unique landscapes in the world with The Giant’s Causeway day trip. This day trip from Dublin goes directly to the spectacular Northern Ireland coast with its amazing views and picturesque photo stops.
Spend your afternoon traversing the famed Giant’s Causeway 40,000 hexagon volcanic columns. Discover some of the more unusual features of the Causeway, including the Giant’s Boot and the Chimney stacks. Take advantage of once in a lifetime photo opportunities and marvel at one of Ireland’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites. Cross the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge for stunning views over Ratlin Island and distant Scotland. Enjoy two photo stops at the Dark Hedges and Dunluce Castle, famous sites from the TV series Game of Thrones!
Visit the most beautiful castle in Northern Ireland. See Dunluce Castle, known to Game of Thrones fans as the House of Grey joy. Perched on the edge of the north Antrim coastline Dunluce Castle captures the atmosphere and intrigue of the medieval other world portrayed in the popular TV series. Time to stop for a photo stop.
Cross the famous Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. If you’re brave enough to take a walk on the wild side the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is the place for it. Walk 20 metres across some 30 metres up to be rewarded with views of nearby Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. The crossing of the bridge is optional.
Walk in the footsteps of giants along the rock formation known to the Irish as the 8th wonder of the world. Discover the unusual hexagonal features of the Giant’s Causeway (an UNESSO Heritage site) including the Giant’s boot and the chimney stacks. Is it the creation of a mythical Irish giant or a seismic geological event. Discover the Causeway at your leisure.
Visit the spot where Arya Stark escaped from the King’s Landing in Game of Throne. The Dark Hedges once served as part of the grand entrance to the Stuart family mansion. Two centuries later these ancient trees are among the most photographed spots in Ireland and have been immortalised by the tv show.
While Gray Line Ireland to keep the above route, weather conditions and circumstances beyond their control may mean they have to alter the route, but you are guaranteed to have a wonderful day regardless!
Please bring appropriate clothing, including walking shoes and rain gear- Ireland’s changeable weather is what keeps everything so green and pristine.
12 hours is the guideline duration of the return journey, subject to no traffic delays.
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