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Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

1. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on a day trip from Dublin in a comfortable bus. Follow your guide as you visit iconic sights, including the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, and Belfast. Depart Dublin and travel North, stopping at a service station along the way for breakfast, to buy lunch, and to stretch your legs. Your first attraction is to take a 5-minute photo stop at the famous and picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle. Afterward, head to the Giant's Causeway, formed from about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Enjoy at least 2 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and get up close to the hexagonal columns, often referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World." Take in the fantastic views of the Irish Sea and then spend around 20 minutes traveling along the avenue of intertwined beech trees known as "Dark Hedges." Planted in the 18th-century by the Stuart family, the beautiful sight was used in the Game of Thrones series and the Transformers movie. Lastly, go to Belfast to see the capital of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of the Titanic ocean liner. Stop next to Belfast City Hall and spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the city. Do some sightseeing, shopping, and grab some food before continuing the journey home.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

2. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

Spend a full day traveling by award-winning coach along the Causeway Coastal Route, voted one of the 5 most spectacular drives in the world! For the first stop, grab some photos at the beautiful Carrickfergus Castle. Then, journey along the coast, with stops along the way at the Caves at Cushendun and Carnlough Harbour—both recently made famous by the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Enjoy a delicious pub grub-style lunch at the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy, at your expense. Then re-board the luxury coach and head to the highlight of the tour, the Giant's Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, you’ll spend some time climbing over the ancient stones and enjoying the myths and legends that surround this world-famous attraction. After the Giant’s Causeway, make a short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle, and then a final stop at the World Famous Dark Hedges. Then it’s time to sit back and relax on the comfortable return journey to Belfast.

Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

3. 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

4. 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: Giant's Causeway Guided Tour with Admissions

5. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Tour with Admissions

Depart Belfast and journey by air-conditioned coach towards the basalt rocks of the Giant's Causeway. Stop to take photos of historic Dunluce Castle and then visit the Bushmills Distillery visitors center to learn more about the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. Hear the legend of the giant Finn MacCool at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant's Causeway. Enjoy exclusive access to the Giant's Causeway visitors center and a guided walking tour of the site. Brave the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge that links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. Stretch your legs in the beautiful village of Carnlough on the stunning Antrim Coast Road. End with a short stop at Carrickfergus Castle before arriving back in Belfast.

Belfast: Premium Game of Thrones Tour

6. Belfast: Premium Game of Thrones Tour

Depart Belfast and journey by air-conditioned coach to Carrrickfergus Castle. Continue along the Antrim Coast road to Carnlough harbor, and visit the Caves of Cushendun where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her shadow baby in "Game of Thrones." Continue to Larrybane, where Brienne of Tarth beat Ser Loras and was rewarded with a place in Renly's Kingsguard. Arrive at the Giant's Causeway and hear the fascinating legend of Finn MacCool. Stop at Dunluce Castle, and then enter the Dark Hedges where Ayra Stark made her iconic escape from King's Landing. Upon arrival at the Dark Hedges, a range of props (cloaks and swords) are provided for you to use. Imagine that you are disguising yourself to avoid being captured by the Brotherhood or be adventurous and make up your own story to tell, whether it be battling foes or reuniting with a companion. Once you reach the Dark Hedges, let your imagination run wild.

From Belfast: Full-Day Giant's Causeway Shore Excursion

7. From Belfast: Full-Day Giant's Causeway Shore Excursion

Your shore excursion will begin at Belfast Cruise Terminal, where your driver will be waiting for you to begin the tour. Begin with a scenic drive up through the Glens of Antrim to the north coast of Ireland. Better known locally as the Causeway Coast, this area is considered an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Your main stop will be the Giant's Causeway, where you will have plenty of time to take in the beauty of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, the tour will return to Belfast along the Antrim Coast Road for a panoramic sightseeing tour, where you will experience the highlights of this vibrant city, including City Hall, the Lagan River, Queens University, St Anne's Cathedral and Prince Albert Memorial Clock.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dunluce castle, Dark Hedges

8. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dunluce castle, Dark Hedges

Depart Belfast and journey towards the North. Upon arrival at the Giant's Causeway, get around 1.5 - 2 hours to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site on your own. Marvel at the hexagonal columns of rock and experience why it has been called the "8th Wonder of the World." Go to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and take in the views of Rathlin Island and Scotland after crossing the bridge. Spend around 1 hour 45 minutes at this stop to enjoy the amazing view. Travel to the Dark Hedges, an avenue of beech trees. Walk down this romantic lane and spend around 20 - 30 minutes here. You will understand why this location was featured in movie like the Transformers and TV show like the Game of Thrones. *On days where the weather is nice and the Rope Bridge is open, you are able to cross the bridge for free. *Please note that all times are approximate. The locations might be visited in a different order, depends on traffic and weather.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Tour and Whiskey Tasting

9. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Tour and Whiskey Tasting

Meet your friendly guide and board the bus from the Dublin City Gallery in the early morning, then set out on a full-day adventure to Northern Ireland. Leave the busy city behind and head into the luscious, rolling countryside landscapes on your way to the first destination of the day, Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. Arrive at Bushmills, which is the world’s oldest licensed Whiskey Distillery, and meet their resident whiskey expert. Enjoy a tasting session of some of the distillery’s most beloved whiskeys, including a 10-year-old, 12-year-old, and reserve whiskey. Head to the idyllic Dark Hedges next, which is the most photographed natural phenomenon in Northern Ireland. Spend 20-minutes at the site taking photos, and learn about how the hedges were planted more than 270-years-ago by the Stuart Family as a driveway to their mansion. Continue the tour through the sprawling rural surroundings, stopping at the ruins of Dunluce Castle for a photo op. The next destination of the day is the iconic Giant’s Causeway, which is Northern Ireland’s most popular visitor attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site. Enjoy 2-hours at the site, taking photos of the magnificent seascape and fascinating stone columns, some of which reach 40 feet into the air. Finally, spend at least an hour of free time in Belfast to explore at your own leisure and visit some of the city center attractions. Make the most of the opportunity to pick up a souvenir of your trip, or grab some snacks for the return journey to Dublin. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back, relax, and enjoy a well-deserved on the way back to Dublin.

Belfast: Full-Day Giant's Causeway & Antrim Private Tour

10. Belfast: Full-Day Giant's Causeway & Antrim Private Tour

Start your tour from the center of Belfast and head to the north coast through Antrim. Visit the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland, the famous Giant’s Causeway, made up of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Head to Old Bushmills Distillery to discover Belfast's long tradition with distillation. Visit Dunluce Castle, one of the most dramatic ruins in the world, for a photo-stop. Move on to Dunseverick Castle, destroyed by General Robert Munro in 1642 and his Cromwellian troops in 1650. As you head over the Knocksoghey Brae, be greeted by spectacular views on Ballintoy Harbor. This stunning seaside location has been used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands. Move on to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, near the charming village of Ballintoy. Choose to cross the bridge to support the National Trust, enjoy a coastal walk, or visit the charming tea-rooms on the site. Finally, make your way back to Belfast along the Antrim Coast Road to see fine views of Rathlin Island, and on a clear day, see the Scottish coast 13 miles away.

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What people are saying about Dunluce Castle

Overall rating

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We had a great time with Patrick on this tour. He’s funny, passionate, and is a clear Irish patriot! Loved hearing about a little bit of Irish rock and roll history as well. Giant’s Causeway was quite incredible- unliked anything we’d ever seen. Sure, the drive is a little lengthy from Dublin, but Patrick made it interesting and engaging! Thanks so much Patrick!

Fantastic tour guide and driver (Amanda and Nick) who took good care of me when I twisted my ankle on the way to the bus! Amanda really knew her stuff regarding the locations we stopped at, and Nick was great to chat to as well.

Very well guided tour. It was also perfectly timed to avoid staying in one place for too long and to use time most effectively.

Interesting and not obvious tour. The times were perfectly marked. The guide was very nice and helpful.

We were given so much time for each location, which was so nice to be able to explore!