The Giant’s Causeway
A must-see natural wonder, this unique formation of basalt columns resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland.
This site is consistently at the top places to visit when in Ireland or Northern Ireland in many reputable travel sites and magazines and after your visit, you will not wonder why. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as you need to do a bit of walking to get there. The most direct trail is just under a mile but for those who want to take a more tranquil walk there are longer trails for about 2 miles, but with an added view of Scotland and the Inishowen Peninsula in Ireland. For those that don’t want to walk, there is also the option to take the shuttle to the site, which is part of your entrance fee.
The Giant’s Causeway is steeped in myth and legend. Some say it was carved from the coast by the mighty giant, Finn McCool, who left behind an ancient home full of folklore.
There are many sites and stone formation to look out for while walking so keep your eyes peeled. The popular ones are the Giant’s Boot, apparently belonging to Finn as he was fleeing from the Scottish Giant, Benandonner. There is also the Wishing Chair which looks like a throne made of perfectly arranged stone columns and The Camel that turned into a stone, believed to have once belonged to Finn.
Make sure to stop by the innovative Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre before you leave. The grass roof offers 360-degree views of the Causeway coastline. Explore the interactive spaces, watch Finn McCool on the big screen and unlock the secrets of this inspirational landscape. Within the Visitor’s Centre, there is a café serving local food and a shop for souvenirs to take home with you and remind you of the amazing Giant’s Causeway.
9am – 6pm daily
9am – 7pm July and August
Adult – £10.50
Child – £5.25
Family – £26.25
*Prices may change so please check their website for the most updated rate.
How to get to the Giant’s Causeway
Located 60 miles from Belfast and just 2 miles from Bushmills Village, it takes approx 1 hour 20 minutes to drive there.
Regular train services operate from Belfast to Coleraine. Change to Ulsterbus connection Service 172. Visitors travelling by public transport receive a ‘green discount’ off admission to the Visitor Centre.
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