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From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

1. From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

Discover the beauty of Northern Ireland and the world-famous Giant’s Causeway on a tour from Belfast. Visit the Giants Causeway, Carrickfergus Castle, Glenarm Castle, Carnlough Harbour, Waterfoot Caves, Cushendun Curfew House, Rope Bridge, and The Dark Hedges while navigating the Antrim Coast Road. After leaving Belfast in the morning, a short journey will take you to the first stop of the day at Carrickfergus Castle, a 12th-century Norman castle. Walk around and take photographs of the castle and the harbor. Continue the drive along the Antrim Coast Road, traveling through some of the nine Glens of Antrim. Wind through small towns and villages, hearing the myths and legends of the fairies and leprechauns that reside in these Glens. Driving through Glenarm, pass Carnlough Harbour, the Waterfoot Caves, and Cushendun Curfew house. Travel up through Glencorp and Glendunn, passing the coastal town of Ballycastle before arriving at the Portaneevy View Point to see Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge.  Stop to admire views at the rope bridge and look across to the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and Rathlin Island. Listen to the stories behind these sights before stopping next at the Dark Hedges, known as the Kingsroad in the Game of Thrones HBO series. Walk among the trees made famous by the Game of Thrones followed by a lunch stop at a traditional pub (costs not included).  Later, visit more locations from the Game of Thrones. Travel by Carnlough Harbour where Arya Stark swam and pass by Magharmorne Quarry where Castle Black was located. The finale of the day is a stop at the Giant’s Causeway where you can explore, walk across the historic stones, and learn about the legend of the Giant Finn MacCool. Discover how and why he built the Causeway.  After your day of exploring is done, travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route and get dropped off back in the city center or at the activity provider's office in Queen's Quarter.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Trip

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

Embark on a scenic drive to Northern Ireland's most iconic locations from Belfast. Visit the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge, Cushendun Caves, Carnlough Harbour, Bushmills Distillery, and the Dark Hedges. Learn about the history with live commentary on board. Board a comfortable bus and set off on your adventure. Make a stop at Carrickfergus Castle to take some striking photos. Then, journey along the Causeway Coastal Route, with stops at the Caves at Cushendun and Carnlough Harbour—both made famous by the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Enjoy a short photo stop at Portaneevy Viewpoint for breathtaking views of Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge. Enjoy a delicious pub-grub-style lunch at the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy (not included). Then re-board and head to the highlight of the tour, the Giant's Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, climb over the ancient stones and discover the myths and legends that surround this world-famous attraction. After the Giant’s Causeway, stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle, a castle ruin unlike any other in the world. Spend 30 minutes at Ireland's oldest whiskey distillery, Bushmills. Visit the gift shop or enjoy a taste of this world-famous and critically acclaimed whiskey. The final stop of the day is at the stunning Dark Hedges, so easily recognizable from Game of Thrones. Finally, relax on the comfortable return journey to Belfast.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Day Tour

3. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Day Tour

Depart central Belfast onboard your luxury coach and head out onto the world famous causeway coastal road, voted one of the worlds best drives! Our first stop of the day is Carrickfergus castle where you will have time to grab a quick photo, the castle was built in 12th century by the Normans and still looks incredible even today. Next we will travel through the glens of antrim and navigate the tight famous coastal road to carnlough harbour, a picturesque Irish fishing village that time has almost forgotten. Disembark and stretch your legs, and explore the harbour or grab refreshemnts and use the toilets. We now travel deeper into the glens of antrim and to cushendun caves, discover the stunning caves and enjoy spectacular views over looking the mull of kintyre in Scotland which is easy to see on any clear day. The iconic dark hedges is our next port of call, and is one of the most instagramable spots in Northern Ireland, you will have the chance to walk along the famous road and also grab lunch at your own expense at the local pub. After lunch we re-board the 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 surrounds this world-famous attraction at no extra cost! After the Giant’s Causeway, we make a short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle where you can grab a quick photo before heading back to central Belfast for the final leg of the tour.

Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast

4. Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast

Take a journey into Westeros and see epic filming locations from the Game of Thrones TV series. Board your coach at our meeting point at 22-32 Donegall Road, Belfast before setting off on an adventure to drive via luxury coach to the locations of Game of Thrones.  Enter the Caves of Cushendun where the Red Priestess Melisandre gave birth to a Shadow Assassin. Even visit Braavos - locally known at Carnlough. Travel down the Dark Hedges, aka the King’s Road, where Arya Stark traveled with Gendry and Hot Pie hoping to reach the Night’s Watch. See Ballintory Harbor, which was used for exterior shots for both Pyke and the Iron Islands. Marvel at the Giant’s Causeway, an area of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which form a staircase. The ropebridge and the Giant’s Causeway haven’t appeared in Game of Thrones, but they would make excellent locations for your fan fiction. There is lots more included on the tour for those who aren't major Thronies - such as Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle and Carrickfergus Castle. Why choose us? This is the original Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast - we even transported the Cast & Crew during filming here! This tour has more stops than any other. We have the most modern & comfortable coaches - like the tour, they're award winning. Our guides are the most experienced - some with more than 20 years in the driver/guide seat!

Belfast: Giant's Causeway and 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

5. Belfast: Giant's Causeway and 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

*Day 1 - Giants Causeway Tour Information: Depart central Belfast onboard your luxury coach and head out onto the world famous causeway coastal road, voted one of the worlds best drives! Our first stop of the day is Carrickfergus castle where you will have time to grab a quick photo, the castle was built in 12th century by the Normans and still looks incredible even today. Next we will travel through the glens of antrim and navigate the tight famous coastal road to carnlough harbour, a picturesque Irish fishing village that time has almost forgotten. Disembark and stretch your legs, and explore the harbour or grab refreshemnts and use the toilets. We now travel deeper into the glens of antrim and to cushendun caves, discover the stunning caves and enjoy spectacular views over looking the mull of kintyre in Scotland which is easy to see on any clear day. The iconic dark hedges is our next port of call, and is one of the most instagramable spots in Northern Ireland, you will have the chance to walk along the famous road and also grab lunch at your own expense at the local pub. After lunch we re-board the 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 surrounds this world-famous attraction at no extra cost! After the Giant’s Causeway, we make a short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle where you can grab a quick photo before heading back to central Belfast for the final leg of the tour. *Day 2-3 Hop on Hop off Tour Enjoy an open-top bus tour around Belfast to experience all the city has to offer in over 2 days. This sightseeing ticket makes stops at 19 locations around the city so you can discover each of them at your leisure. Stop 1 - Donegall Square West 2 - SSE Arena - Odyssey, W5 Discovery, Cinema, Bowling 3 - Titanic Quarter - Premier Inn 4 - HMS Caroline - Titanic Dock, Green Light - Maritime Mile 5 - Titanic Belfast - Titanic Visitor Experience, SS Nomadic 6 - St. George’s Market - Market Days - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 7 - Great Victoria Street - Crown Bar, Europa Hotel, Grand Opera House 8 - Dublin Road - Golden Mile, Etap Hotel 9 - Shaftsbury Square, Lavery's Bar, Crescent Arts Centre 10 - Queens University - Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Tropical Hot House 11 - Eglantine Avenue - International Football Stadium, Lisburn Road Shopping 12 - Culturlann McAdam O'Fiaich - Art Gallery, Bookshop and Gifts 13 - Falls Road - Falls Memorial Garden, Bobby Sands Mural 14 - International Peace Wall - Peace wall, St Peter's Cathedral 15 - Peace Wall - Sign The Famous Wall 16 - Spectrum Centre - Shankill Road - Murals History 17 - Remembrance Garden - Shankill Road 18 - Crumlin Road Jail House 19 - Donegall Street - Cathedral Quarter St Patricks, St Anne's Cathedral

From Belfast: Giants Causeway Express Half-Day Tour

6. From Belfast: Giants Causeway Express Half-Day Tour

Maximise your time in Northern Ireland by visiting the Iconic Giants Causeway on this Express Half Day Trip from Belfast. Leaving Belfast, we will travel directly to the Causeway Coast where we will initially make a quick stop at Dunluce Castle. With it's spectacular location perched on the edge of the dramatic coastal cliffs of the North Antrim Coast - Dunluce is definitely one of Irelands most picturesque and romantic castles. We will then make the short journey along the spectacular coastline to the Giants Causeway, where you will have plenty of time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site with its unique hexagonal rock formations, and learn about the local myths and legends of the Irish Giant 'Finn McCool'. Leaving the Giants Causeway - we will continue along the Causeway Coast enjoying some of Irelands most dramatic and beautiful scenery. Depending on what option you have chosen - we will then either stop quickly to enjoy the Ropebridge Viewpoint or alternatively for those who book the Ropebridge option - you will have the chance to cross the bridge and enjoy one of Irelands most spectacular attractions (Addition Fee). After, the Ropebridge, if we have time on route back to Belfast, we can stop at the Dark Hedges to enjoy the tree lined avenue made famous as 'The Kings Road' on the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. Arriving back in Belfast, your driver can drop you off back at your hotel or cruise ship, or if you prefer at one of Belfast's other attractions.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast Small Group Tour

7. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast Small Group Tour

Depart Dublin and begin your journey northward through the beautiful countryside with plenty of comfort breaks. The vehicle seats no more than 25 passengers for extra legroom and comfort. Experience the very best of Northern Ireland at UNESCO Giant's Causeway and in historic Belfast. UNESCO Giant's Causeway (120 minutes approx) One of nature's most breathtaking sights is the Giants Causeway, made up of 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns that were created by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. However, legend has it that the Giant’s Causeway was used by legendary Irishman, Finn McCool, during his journey to fight the Scottish giant, Benandonner, and steal the most beautiful girl in all of the highlands. Titanic Belfast or Black Taxi Tour Here in Northern Ireland's capital you have two options to choose from: A) The legendary ocean liner RMS Titanic was built here in Belfast's docklands, once the leading shipyard in the world. Why not visit the Titanic Experience? Opened on the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking, the exhibition brings to life how 40,000 workers built the famed vessel and the tragic sinking on her maiden voyage in 1912. You will have the opportunity to experience original artifacts and virtual reality exhibits. B) Black Taxi Tour of Belfast's neighbourhoods with their infamous political murals and peace wall (security fence which separates British Unionist & Irish Nationalist housing estates). Your local taxi guide will be able to answer any questions you might have about what it was like to experience the conflict known as the Troubles (1969 – 1998). We are in Belfast for approximately 2 hours. You can choose one of the two options listed here. The cost is included in either scenario. Return to Dublin Return to Dublin at approximately 7:45 PM after an awe-inspiring day. Choose to be dropped off either in downtown Dublin or at the same accommodation that you were collected from.

Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Coast Road & Game of Thrones Tour

8. Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Coast Road & Game of Thrones Tour

Head to the meeting point in Belfast and board a comfortable bus to begin your guided day trip to some of Ireland's most beautiful spots. After a short drive, you'll reach your first destination for the day, Carrickfergus Castle. Wander around the 12th-century castle and its grounds and discover one of the country's best-preserved medieval structures. Then, hop back aboard your tour bus to continue your adventure. Marvel at panoramic views of the countryside and coastline as you travel along the Antrim Coast Road and pass through some of the nine Glens of Antrim. Wind your way through small towns and villages and listen as your guide regales you with myths and legends of the fairies and leprechauns that reside in these Glens. Drive through Glenarm, pass Carnlough Harbour, the Waterfoot Caves, and the Cushendun Curfew house. Travel up through Glencorp and Glendunn, passing the coastal town of Ballycastle before arriving at the Portaneevy Viewpoint to see the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Stop here to take in the sweeping views and look across to the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and Rathlin Island. Learn more about each of these locations from your guide before heading back to the bus to make your way to the next destination, the Dark Hedges. Enjoy the unique experience of taking a stroll along the tree-lined avenue used as the filming location for the Kingsroad in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Then, having worked up an appetite, head to a local pub to refuel with lunch (cost not included). Continue your tour after lunch, visiting more Game of Thrones filming locations. Travel past Carnlough Harbour where Arya Stark swam and pass Magheramorne Quarry where Castle Black was located. Finally, reach the highlight of your day trip, the Giant's Causeway. Admire the interlocking basalt columns as you make the most of some free time at this iconic location. Explore, walk across the historic stones, and learn about the legend of the giant Finn McCool. Once your day of exploring is done, travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route and get dropped off at the activity provider's office in Queen's Quarter.

Belfast: Game of Thrones - Iron Islands & Giant's Causeway

9. Belfast: Game of Thrones - Iron Islands & Giant's Causeway

Depart from Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jurys Inn Hotel) taking the Causeway Coastal Route. Stop for coffee and restrooms in Carnlough. This is the harbour where Arya escapes a Braavos canal after she was stabbed by the Waif. Stop to take photos at the Cushendun Caves in the Stormlands where Melisandre gave birth to a dark spirit in season two. Next stop is Ballintoy Harbor, the location where Theon came ashore on Pyke Island, where Theon later rededicated his faith to the ‘drowned god’, where Ser Davos seeks the help of Salladhor Saan for the Battle of Blackwater Bay and where Gendry escapes Dragonstone in a rowing boat. This is where your guide opens the trunk of the coach and takes out the Iron Islands costumes, swords, axes, and Greyjoy banners. What is dead may never die! Next, you will visit the Giant’s Causeway: a UNESCO World Heritage site and geological marvel of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed in the Paleogene Period, 50-60 million years ago (please note there is up to 2 kilometers of walking at this location). The second last stop is a photostop at the spectacular ruins of Dunluce Castle, the ancient seat of power of Clan McDonnell perched on the edge of basalt sea cliffs. Dunluce appeared briefly in Game of Thrones® as the ruins of Harrenhal when Robb Stark and his entourage arrive. Our final stop of the day is the Dark Hedges, the avenue of 200 year old serpentine beech trees through which Arya and Gendry escaped King’s Landing.

Rail Tour from Dublin: 6 Days All of Ireland

10. Rail Tour from Dublin: 6 Days All of Ireland

Day 1 Check in Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for 7:00 departure of InterCity train to Cork (breakfast available). We visit Blarney Castle, the Queenstown Story at Cobh, then train to Killarney for two nights B & B with en-suite facilities. Day 2 10.00 depart Killarney on Ring of Kerry tour. We have a wonderful day viewing some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, including Dingle Bay. We also see the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain Carrantuohill, Moll's Gap, Ladies View and the world famous Lakes of Killarney. Overnight in Killarney. Day 3 07.30 transfer from Killarney to Limerick, to join the Cliffs of Moher Tour, visit Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay, overnight Galway City in 3 star Hotel (2 nights). Day 4 Get the ferry to Inis Mor and explore the largest of the Aran Islands. After lunch in Kilronan, enjoy a tour of the ancient fort Dun Aengus, admiring its sharp cliffs and dramatic seascapes. Day 5 10.00 depart Galway for tour of Connemara, including Kylemore Abbey after which we depart Galway by train, arriving Dublin Heuston 20.45 transfer by tram to three star hotel for two nights (room only). Day 6 Check in Dublin Connolly Station at 07.10 departure for the Giants Causeway tour. At Belfast we join our tour and head to the famous Antrim Coast Road crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim en route to Ballycastle and the Carrick-a-rede* rope bridge (Mid March - October only. Glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day. We continue to the stunning Giant's Causeway next, seeing Dunluce Castle (photo stop only). We return to Belfast and our train to Dublin arriving at Connolly station at 22:20 for second night in three star hotel. Depart Monday/Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday (March to October only) * Price is per person sharing Single Room Supplement applies

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Great guide, but there is no opportunity to get useful information if your English is not that good. an audio guide is missing. In addition, the Rope Bridge is no longer approached; you can only see it from a distance. That's what I was most looking forward to, it's not in the description. The Bushmills Distillery was closed, so this highlight was also canceled.

It was a beautiful day and we had fun. We were very lucky with the weather. What I missed was a German audio guide that at least gave the most important information. Of course, my 83-year-old father and mother couldn't understand anything, as I can't translate either.

Good itinerary with a very knowledgeable guide. Everything was well explained and there were plenty of toilet breaks. We were very fortunate with the weather. Our guide Lisa was a pleasure to spend time with. If you're looking for a trip outside Belfast, highly recommended.

We had a great day, Michael and Tony were brilliant. Tony's driving was safe and comfortable and Michael gave full of information about the trip, they worked well togther.

Everything went well. The driver was very nice, punctual and showed us a lot and explained it to us. It was a very nice trip. I can only recommend it to everyone