No visit to Ireland is complete without taking a legendary tour of Giant’s Causeway! Ancient volcanoes helped the mythical Celtic warrior Finn McCool create this natural wonder 60 million years ago. 6 kilometres of sheer cliffs rise to a height of almost 300 ft and form a series of bays: really something special! Also visit Belfast City, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy Village and Dunluce Castle Ruins in this one day tour from Dublin. (Free Wi-Fi on board & Free Airport Bus Ticket with online purchases!)
07:30 AM | Depart Central Dublin Meet your expert day tour guide, mount your luxury tour bus and commence the exciting scenic drive North to Belfast City, once the industrial and shipbuilding engine of the British Empire. We’ll follow a well- beaten ancient path known as the ‘Gap of the North’, where the legendary Celtic Warrior CúChulainn singlehandedly fought his last epic battle against a massive invading army, and through the infamous “Bandit Country” of South Armagh (British Army helicopter patrols were commonly seen on tour until as recently as 2007). Arrive in central Belfast at 08.45 am approx.
09.00 | Belfast City Tour We’ll have time for a restroom stop and a quick coffee / cup of Irish breakfast tea, maybe quickly glimpse some of the city highlights like Queen’s University Belfast and Victorian City hall. We’ll provide a panoramic coach-tour of Belfast city- centre, including Royal Avenue and the Titanic Docks & Shipyard area. Then we get ready for what are truly the highlights: the amazing Antrim Coastal Route and the Wonder of the World that is the Giants Causeway!
10:30 | Leave Belfast Leave Belfast City and we’ll tour past the lush rolling fields, hedgerows and glens of Antrim to the Northern Coast of Ulster. Our first stop is the charming village of Ballintoy which is home to the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (Now open year-round!). There are great views of Rathlin Island and even Bonnie Scotland only 12km away!
12.00 | Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Adrenaline junkies will love this exhilarating cliff- top experience spanning the 60 foot gap between tiny Carrick-a-Rede Island and the Northern Ireland mainland. The bridge was traditionally hung by local fishermen and only recently had a safety handrail added to both sides! Visitors brave enough to cross are rewarded with legendary views of the Antrim coast and North Atlantic – just be mindful that you will have to cross back again to return to the tour bus! According to locals, the name of the rope bridge derives from the local “Ulster Scots” dialect spoken in parts of the province and means “rock in the road”. Apparently this refers to how the bridge stands in the path of migrating salmon making their way to ancient spawning grounds. The rope bridge is open to the public 363 days (closed Dec 25 & 26)(Consider crossing for a small optional donation to the National Trust, the United Kingdom’s official conservation charity that maintains the Bridge). For scaredy- cats there is still plenty to do and see including fantastic birdwatching and unrivalled coastal scenery. Enjoy uninterrupted views of Rathlin and the Scottish islands. Afterwards, we continue past scenic bays where the Spanish Armada was wrecked following battle with the English Imperial Navy in 1588 to the Giant’s Causeway itself!
13.30 | Giant’s Causeway This spectacular volcanic formation, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of our most unique & haunting landscapes. The Causeway features 37,000 basalt columns forming “stepping stones” leading from the cliffs and disappearing under the sea. The columns reappear on the Scottish island of Straffe, leading to the legend that the mythical warrior Giant Finn McCool built this path to allow Scottish Giant Fingal visit for a fight! Your day tour ticket also allows you pre-paid access to the new “Giant’s Causeway Visitor Experience” which would otherwise cost you GBP 8.50! (a benefit only included by leading operators). This access includes an innovative pocket- size audio guide in various major languages, telling you the story of the basalt columns as you explore them at leisure! The visitor experience also offers you a “grab and go” style café and an exclusive retail store featuring local products. Enjoy a GUARANTEED 2 HOURS MINIMUM at the Giants Causeway. (Not only is Giant’s Causeway one of the most unique and beautiful locations on earth, this area was home to several key scenes in Game of Thrones!)
15.30 | Dunluce Castle Ruins At 15.30pm we continue up the road for a photo- opportunity at the haunting cliff- face ruins of Dunluce Castle, a spectacular medieval fortress with great views over the North Atlantic. En route we pass through Bushmills, famed for the fantastic whiskey, which is enjoyed all over the world. Afterwards, we turn back towards Belfast which is only a short trip from here.
16.30 | Belfast City Highlights Wind down after this action packed day trip with some R&R in Belfast. Depending on the weather and local operational considerations you will be shown the highlights of Belfast city centre such as the Titanic Docklands Quarter and Victorian City Hall either in the morning (before the Causeway etc.) or now at approximately 16.30. In any case, you’ll enjoy a stop at leisure to explore the city centre before we return to Dublin together. Perhaps pop in to the Victorian “Crown Liquor Saloon” for a swift pint of local favourite “Harp Lager” or a cheeky dram of Bushmills “Black Bush” Whiskey (The Crown is an ostentatious masterpiece and a pub at the same time. Renovated by Italian craftsmen working on churches in 1885, the bar is still lighted by gas and has antique push- button bells for ordering a round of drinks – that’ll be a story for the guys back home!).
20.30 | The Boys are Back in Town After a giant day out, the tour arrives in central Dublin in time for dinner and creamy pints of Guinness at approximately 20.30! Probably one of the best day tours in the world!
FREE AIRPORT BUS TRANSFER INCLUDED WITH ALL ONLINE BOOKINGS!
TOUR COST PER PASSENGER
EUR 60.00 (online special offer – save EUR 5.00)
- Giant’s Causeway entrance included (normally GBP 8.50)
- Transport by luxury Mercedes air-conditioned coach
- Expert local guides
- Visit Belfast City, Capital of Northern Ireland
- Drive through the “Gap of the North” & beautiful Irish border area
- Enjoy a refreshing coastal walk before crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
- Giant Causeway’s coastal area (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Dunluce Castle Photos
- Bushmills Village (Famous for the whiskey)
- Essentially everything except food & drink
- Free Airport Bus Ticket
- Free Wi-fi on board (although the signal may be weak in more remote areas – higher natural beauty, lower infrastructure!)
- Discounted Online Booking
- This tour takes you into Northern Ireland, where the currency is British Pounds Sterling. So take any spare pounds you have – otherwise all major cards are widely accepted, and cash can easily be drawn from ATM machines!
MEETING & DEPARTURE POINTS
• The Palace, Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 (07.15am)
• “Discover Ireland” Centre (Official Tourist Office), O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 (07.20am)
• “Discover Ireland” Centre (Official Tourist Office), Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 (07.30am)
PRIVATE TOURS ALSO AVAILABLE
What could be better than a private tour to the (UNESCO) Giant’s Causeway? With your own private vehicle hire (Typically a Mercedes- Benz Saloon, Viano or Sprinter) & expert chauffeur guide, you’ll experience Ireland at your own pace. You can stop whenever you like to take photos, decide how long you want to spend at each attraction, and you can even plan your own customized itinerary! Your driver collects you from your hotel and drops you off wherever you choose in central Dublin when the tour is finished. Private tours can represent great value for money as the price per person decreases as your group size increases! Groups of 2 – 500 catered for. Please email info@ kennedycarr.com