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Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

1. Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

Follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters as you visit the avenue of trees known as the Dark Hedges, used as the King's Road location where Arya became friends with Gendry and Hot Pie. Continue to the ruins of Dunluce Castle, said to be the inspiration for Harrenhal. Next, make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant's Causeway and explore the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns.  Next visit the Fullerton Arms, a Game of Thrones-themed pub and restaurant in Ballyintoy, lunch at your own expense. Then, go to the village of Cushendun to see the caves formed by over 400 million years of extreme weather conditions. During your tour, you will also stop at the Carrickfergus Castle, the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, and Larrybane Quarry. At the end of your tour, you will return to Belfast City Centre where you will be dropped off back at the meeting point.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway and Game of Thrones Tour

2. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway and Game of Thrones Tour

Depart Dublin and discover some of most photogenic locations in Northern Ireland on a Game of Thrones locations tour and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway.  Journey down the tunnel-like avenue of intertwined beech trees known as the Dark Hedges, and spend about 10 to 15 minutes at the site where Ayra Stark, Gendry, and Hot Pie escaped on the King's Road. Continue to the Giant's Causeway to enjoy around 1.5 hours exploring the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to scenic Ballintoy Harbor, and discover where Theon was baptised in front of Balon and Yara, and where Euron was drowned and crowned to be king. Enjoy around 40 minutes to take in the views and reflect on all the magic and mystery of Game of Thrones.  Drive through the Glens of Antrim to go to Belfast. You will enjoy around 1 hour of free time to admire the city sights. See the famous Crown bar, Belfast City Hall and its Titanic memorial garden, Big Fish and Albert’s Clock. Finally, you will be back in Dublin by around 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

From Belfast: Hop-on Hop-off Northern Ireland Bus Tour

3. From Belfast: Hop-on Hop-off Northern Ireland Bus Tour

Discover the best of Northern Ireland by a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. Explore some of the most famous towns and attractions within the region, with stops at the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Ballintoy, Carrickfergus, and many other points of interest. Choose from several departure times from Belfast and stop where you want on the route. Spend as much time as you like exploring and discovering the sights and attractions. After departing Belfast, the bus makes its way to northern Antrim and eventually up the Causeway route with several stops along the way. Jump off where you want, explore, and when you're ready, take the next available bus to the next stop. In addition to the Giant's Causeway, some of the stops included on the route are: The Dark Hedges Stroll along the atmospheric avenue of beech trees leading to Gracehill House. Located outside the village of Armoy. Game of Thrones fans will know this location as the Kingsroad. Bushmills Town Hop off at the charming town of Bushmills and pay a visit to the Old Bushmills Distillery. Take an optional tour, and learn about one of the most popular international Irish whiskey brands. Ballintoy Village Stroll through the village and see The Fullerton Arms Hotel where door No.6 from the Game of Thrones series is on display. Walk to Ballintoy Harbour which was the setting for Pyke and the Iron Islands in the series. Be sure to walk across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge to the lookout point.  Ballycastle Discover this charming seaside town. Explore the ruins of Dun-a-Mallaght, Dunraineya, and the ruined Dunaneeny Castle. You can also take the ferry to Rathlin Island. Cushendun Visit Mary McBride’s pub is which is the home of Door No.8 from Game of Thrones. Explore the Cushendun Caves where parts of the series were also filmed. Stop at the Ruins of Carra Castle or visit Glenmona House and forest grounds. Carrickfergus Town and Carrickfergus Castle Explore one of the oldest towns on the island of Ireland. Visit numerous historic landmarks such as the eponymous Carrickfergus Castle, the oldest Norman castle in Ireland. Visit the Andrew Jackson Cottage, where the parents of the 7th President of the United States were born. Make a stop at the Carrickfergus Museum and learn about the long and distinguished history of the town and surrounding area. After exploring these and other fascinating landmarks, hop back on the bus for a relaxing journey back to central Belfast. If you have still a lot to do on your itinerary, use a multi-day pass to start the journey again the following day and pick up where you left off.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway and Game of Thrones Tour

4. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway and Game of Thrones Tour

Leaving central Belfast in the morning, the first stop is the Dark Hedges for 30 minutes, known as the location where Arya Stark made her escape down The Kings Road. Journey down the tunnel-­like avenue of intertwined beech trees, and spend a few minutes at the site where Ayra Stark dressed as a boy to escape from King’s Landing. Stop at the Giant's Causeway for around 2 hours to discover this UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to the Giant's Causeway and enjoy around 2 hours exploring the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns formed during a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Admire this incredible place on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and hear the legend of Finn McCool. Onward to Ballintoy Harbour where you will get around 1 hour to enjoy one of the favourite filming locations on this tour. Experience the scene where Theon comes home for the first time. Your guide will show you where Theon was baptised in front of Balon and Yara, and where Euron was drowned and crowned to be king. Enjoy the most beautiful harbour in Ireland as you take in the views and reflect on all the magic and mystery of Game of Thrones. Go back to the Causeway coastal route to return to Belfast, and enjoy beautiful view of islands just off the coast like Rathlin Island, Sheep Island or even Scotland on a nice day.

Belfast: Private Full-Day Belfast and Giant's Causeway Tour

5. Belfast: Private Full-Day Belfast and Giant's Causeway Tour

Maximise your time in Northern Ireland with this stacked itinerary that is suited towards those that want to explore, see and experience as much as possible in a short period of time. (Roughly 8 hours. Can be shortened or extended). You will visit locations such as Dunluce Castle, Giant's Causeway, Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, The Belfast Peace Wall and a lot more! Discover why we refer to the North Antrim Coast as the Worlds "eighth wonder" in the comfort of a luxurious Mercedes vehicle. We visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Giant's Causeway where you have the opportunity to explore the sights, take the red trail path to the cliff edge and enjoy some of the best landscape scenery that Northern Ireland can offer. Climb across the stones, cross the exhilarating Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and dine in one of the local restaurants in the small rural town of Bushmills. Before returning to Belfast there are a number of other stops, Dunluce Castle, a popular ancient ruin that you can roam and explore, Ballintoy Harbour, a fantastic setting dating back hundreds of years that has been preserved as a spot of beauty and finally The Dark Hedges, famous from the Game of Thrones HBO Series. Travel back to Belfast for the second half of your tour where you visit both, Nationalist/Catholic and Unionist/Protestant areas, you will hear the stories from the areas, see the murals and even have the chance to sign a message of peace onto the Belfast Peacewall. Benefit from the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour that covers the historical context in which Belfast is now set. This tour includes insight into landmark murals across the Falls and Shankill estates as well as Bombay Street and the Sinn Fein centre (Bobby Sands Mural). Drive through the streets of Belfast where you will see evidence of the war that once was present on the very streets that are now depicted in the form of murals up and down the city.

Game of Thrones: Private Filming Locations Day Tour

6. Game of Thrones: Private Filming Locations Day Tour

Start with pickup from your chosen location in Belfast or at a specified meeting point in Ballycastle and begin your journey to some of the most iconic locations from Game of Thrones. Depart promptly at 9:00 AM and visit several locations surrounding Ballycastle, right at the heart of The North Coast. Less time is spent traveling between the sites, with more time to enjoy each individual location. Travel to the village of Cushendun and visit the Cushendun Caves, where Melisandre gave birth to her "shadow baby". See Door No. 8 at Mary McBride’s pub in the village. Continue to Murlough Bay, used as the location of Renly's Camp and Slavers Bay. Next, see the Dragonstone Cliffs of Season 7 located on Fair Head, Ballycastle. Next, make your way to Ballintoy village and Larrybane Quarry. Visit Door No. 6 at the Fullerton Arms pub in the village. Stop at the harbor, used as the location of Free Cities in the series, where Varys was born. Discover the Hidden Beach located nearby. Taking a break from Game of Thrones, discover more of the area's mythical history and discover the famous Giant's Causeway on a guided walking tour. Afterward, enjoy some free time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, visit the King's Road which was the route of Arya's escape from King's Landing. Also, spot Door No. 7 at Gracehill Estates before finishing up the tour in the evening, with drop-off back in Ballycastle or Belfast.

From Belfast: Private Giant's Causeway County Antrim Tour

7. From Belfast: Private Giant's Causeway County Antrim Tour

Launching our new VIP Luxury Private Tour for this Summer Season. We value our guest experience, putting you at the heart of everything we do, and this summer we aim to go that extra furlong for your comfort and style. Offering esteemed guests the new Luxury VIP Private Tour to The Giant’s Causeway. Exclusively bringing you a combination tour that encompasses the essence of quality and comfort to your most desired locations. Luxury Giant’s Causeway Tour brings you the ultimate experience, on this full-day tour Experience a jam-packed day filled with Northern Ireland's top attractions, including the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Old Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce castles. This tour lasts from the time you wish to start until you are finished - no rush it's Ireland! Cruise ship visitors are time-sensitive and must be returned on time, so we are flexible with our timings to suit you, so you can spend as long as you want at any venue. Your tour will begin from your pickup location, where you will meet your driver/guide for the day. There we will begin our journey to the north coast traveling through the rolling farmland of County Antrim. Antrim Coast Road: The Antrim Coast Road is widely agreed to be one of the finest stretches of road anywhere in the world. The road hugs the coastline giving incredible seaside views, passing unspoiled beaches, and sheltering under rugged cliffs. You may even see Scotland on a good day! Carnlough Village: Our first stop of the day takes us into the amazing picturesque fishing village of Carnlough for a quick comfort break. Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge: Next stop we visit one of the most visited places in Northern Ireland amazing Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge where you can, of course, cross the bridge which spans a chasm over 75ft in height. The lovely coastal path provides a spectacular walk with stunning sea and cliff views. Next stop Giants Causeway, Commonly called ‘the 8th wonder of the world’, is the only World Heritage site in Ireland. During our stop here you can spend time climbing over the ancient stones, snapping photos, and reflecting on the myths and legends of this very unique area. Lunch Stop: we can stop for lunch in a nice Irish pub to sample our good food and maybe a cheeky pint of Guinness. Or you can sample some locally caught fish in one of the best fish and chips shops and of course not forgetting the mushy peas. Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery: Our next stop of the day is at Bushmills Whiskey Distillery which has been creating beautiful ‘water of life ‘since 1608 making this the oldest working distillery in Ireland. Dunluce Castle: We continue a wonderful day with a photo stop at Dunluce Castle. We arrive at one of the most dramatic castle ruins in the world. Prepare to be amazed at the way this old castle hangs over the edge of the cliffs. The Dark Hedges: last stop is one of the most popular natural phenomena in Northern Ireland, the Dark Hedges.

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Guide was awesome. He was very helpful and very knowledgeable about everything we toured. We had a question about where to find souvenirs and he researched what he could and had seen from other tours. He pointed us in the right direction. He was cognizant about time constraints and was able to keep to the time line all day even when other travelers were putting us behind. His personality and humor were wonderful!

We had an amazing tourguide who entertained us in a very informative and humourous way throughout the day. The tour covers so many beautiful sights and is definitely worth its money.

Bus was comfortable. Driver (Stuart) was great. Giant Causeway was everything and more than I expected.

Great tour. Saw lots of the country. Knowledgeable driver. Very organised.

We enjoyed so much thanks to our lovely bus driver Sturd.