The Giant's Causeway is one of the most distinct and popular tourist destinations in Northern Ireland. It is a large area where approximately 40,000 basalt columns are clustered. They rise out of the sea of the Antrim Coast and are one of the most beautiful and natural areas in the country. Surrounded by mystery, history, and rich with natural beauty, it is a sight you don’t want to miss on your visit to Northern Ireland.
Today, the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre attracts more than 600,000 visitors annually. People come to take in the natural and unique beauty of the area. Whether you believe local legends or chalk them up to folklore, the rock formations are a unique natural wonder to behold. The folktales say that the formation was built by an Irish warrior..
... and giantFinn McCool. He is said to have laboured tirelessly over the construction in hopes of bringing his girlfriend from Scotland over to Ireland. Others speculate he used a shovel and pick to create this path across the sea, motivated by the desire to face and eventually beat his rival, Benandonner.
The variations of tales add an interesting story and touch of adventure to tours offered in the area, although science has a different explanation.
Geologists believe that the Causeway was created by an increase in volcanic activity millions of years ago. The rocks have been dated to 50-60 million years ago and their unique look is said to have formed through the heating and cooling process. When molten rock rose through small fissures in the earth’s surface, the uniquely shaped and very distinct lava plateau formed. The lava cooled quickly, contracting and leading to different cooling rates between rocks. These contrasts created the formation of the basalt columns.
The ‘Giant’s Eyes’, seen as circular formations in the causeway, were formed through erosion over time. Less progressed weathering can be identified in rocks by their reddish bands of colour. In addition to these geological wonders, the area is home to rich aquatic ecosystems, with colourful lichen, marine life, birds, and distinct plants.
This beautiful site is now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, drawing even more visitors to marvel at its distinct landscape each year. If you are planning any tours of Ireland, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see this enchanting sight. Booking a tour is the best way to learn about its history, local significance, and fully appreciate the unique beauty the area has to offer.
Our award-winning, fully-guided bus tour lets you explore the Giant’s Causeway in a day. We pride ourselves in offering fun, educational, and experiential tours to our clients and delight in sharing this natural wonder with visitors to Ireland. Have a read at our tour review page and see what we mean. As a result, we have been awarded the Best Tour Company Worldwide by Hostelworld.com. We are also World Host accredited, making us the perfect hosts to guide you through the Giant’s Causeway.
Make your trip a memorable one by spending a day on our Giant’s Causeway bus tour from Belfast. You will enjoy a comprehensive visit to one of Northern Ireland’s most famous attractions. Don’t stop at reading about the Giant’s Causeway’s rich history; instead let our tour guide provide the facts and figures while you dedicate your energy to taking in its beauty.
Travel to the site in comfort aboard one of our coaches on a guided tour, and let yourself be enchanted by the gorgeous sites, lush beauty of the Irish landscape, and of course, the causeway itself. Don’t worry about checking a map or stopping for directions. We will ensure you see the best spots and get plenty of time to explore the causeway.
Want to see more than the Giant’s Causeway? Our tour intinerary provides plenty of highlights and provides you with a local look at Northern Ireland. We will stop at Carrickfergus Castle, a 12th Century Norman castle that is deemed one of the best preserved in the country.
You will also have the chance to absorb the breathtaking sight of Glens of Antrim, while having time to enjoy the delights and charm of the quaint villages along the way. You will see preserved medieval castles, the French castle where King William III first set foot in Ireland in 1690, learn about local customs, and so much more!The Giant’s Causeway bus tour is full of exciting sites and rich with historical information. Just a few things you can expect to see along the way include:
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