Dublin to Giant’s Causeway tour
Discover Northern Ireland with this Best selling 1 day Dublin to Giant’s causeway tour.
Ireland Bus Tours/ From Dublin to Giant's Causeway
- Get €20.00 off this top rated tour from Dublin this weekend!
- A quick drive by Belfast City with in-depth knowledge on its troubled past.
- Guided tour to the Giants Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site!
- Enjoy the spectacular views of Carrick-a-Rede and have the chance to cross the Rope Bridge.
- A 1.45 minute stop at the Giants Causeway to explore.
- A Game of Thrones photo stop at the Dunluce Castle & Larrybane Bay.
- A drive through Northern Ireland's capital city of Belfast, home to the Titanic!
- Perfect photo-stop at Dunluce Castle - Used as the House of Greyjoy in the Game of Thrones series.
- A chance to visit Larrybane Quarry - A key filming location in the Game of Thrones series.
- Guaranteed crossing of the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (weather permitting).
- Wonderful and memorable views of the Giants Causeway and Northern Ireland's Antrim Coast.
- All entry fees included.
- Experienced local Driver and Guide.
- Free Wi-Fi on all vehicles.
- Food and Drinks.
- Entrance to the Giants Causeway Visitor Center.
- Daily departures at 08:55.
- E-ticket accepted. Please ask our staff if you wish to print voucher.
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure at Dublin Visitor Centre, 118 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
- Cancellation policies apply. Please read more on our Terms & Conditions.
- We try to keep to the route but weather conditions and circumstances can changes and alter the route.
- Please be sure to bring appropriate clothing including walking shoes and rain gear.
- Subject to delays beyond Gray Line Ireland's control, we strive to keep itinerary times.
- On the morning of your tour be sure to look out for our signature Gray Line Ireland red bus!
Welcome to our Dublin to Giant's Causeway Tour. The award winning causeway coast is known as “Northern Ireland’s most popular attraction”. It is a unique combination of breath taking scenic drives along the cliffs, epic landscapes and coastal views, history and culture.
There are only a handful of truly extraordinary landscapes in the world; the places that postcards go on holiday to see. See it with our Giant’s Causeway tour.
This 50 mile causeway tour is along the enchanting coastline that encompasses the cliff-top Dunluce Castle (Game of Thrones filming location), House of Greyjoy, County Antrim, Giant’s Causeway, Ballintoy Harbour (The Game of Thrones filming location) & Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
Dublin to Giant's Causeway tour drive time is 2 hours and 45 minutes – 209 Kms.
Ride to the Giant's Causeway
The tour goes through the Coastal route to Giants Causeway. It is one of the most stunning coastal day tours. It’s the best ride experience through towns and villages rich in Irish history along the Antrim coastal route.
Make sure you have a fully charged phone and a camera as you don't want to miss all the amazing photo opportunities on this trip!
Our Giants Causeway tour introduces you to Ireland's royalty, aristocracy and folk lore, through tales of fighting clans, giants, faeries and more.
Giant's Causeway, Ireland
Giant's Causeway is Northern Ireland’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was named the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. It appears both on natural and cultural site list.
It is one the 25 places to get this status. It is also contains the Girona ship wreck. Girona a ship of the Spanish Armada was driven into the rocks by a storm. The Ulster Museum has Gold and silver coins, jewellery, armaments, and utilitarian objects from the Spanish ship on permanent display.
What is the Giants Causeway and how was it formed?
The causeway is an almost seamless hexagon rock formation stacked side by side like pieces of a puzzle. It looks Magical!
These are 40,000 basalt columns are interlocked like perfectly shaped hexagons making the mighty causeway.
The Giant Causeway is located in the County Antrim. The magical hexagon rock formations were a result of 50 to 60 million years old volcanic activity.
Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides. The tallest rocks are about 12 meters high. The solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 meters thick in places. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea.
Finn McCool and the Giant’s Causeway Story
The legend of Giant’s Causeway
Wonder and Legend has surrounded the creation of the Giant’s Causeway. According to legend this was built by a Giant Named Finn McCool. Finn was challenged to a fight by a Scottish giant named Benandonner.
Finn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two Giants could meet. When Finn sees Benandonner, he realises that his foe is much bigger than he is. He hides. His wife Oonagh, disguises Finn as a baby and tucks him in a cradle. When Benandonner sees the size of the 'baby', he reckons that its father, Finn, must be a giant among giants. He flees back to Scotland in fright, destroying the causeway behind him so that Finn would be unable to chase him down.
Giant's Causeway - Notable Features
The Giant's causeway has some interestingly shaped structures. Some resemble objects such as; An Organ, A Giant's Boot, reddish weathered columns known as Giant’s Eyes, Shepherd's Steps, the Honeycomb; the Giant's Harp; the Chimney Stacks; the Giant's Gate and the Camel's Hump.
The Giant's Causeway is not just a touristic attraction. It is also a shelter to some sea birds. The National Trust has an inventory of rare and interesting plants too.
Giant's Causeway Wildlife
You can see some seabirds, such as fulmar, petrel, redshank, guillemot and razorbill.
The rock formations have plants including sea spleenwort, hare's-foot trefoil, vernal squill, sea fescue and frog orchid.
Elder duck, rock pipits and wagtails can also be sighted.
Giant's Causeway Tour - Dunluce Castle
Seat of House Greyjoy, the great castle of Pyke, in Game of Thrones is the Dunluce Castle.
A ruined medieval castle in Northern Ireland, known as the seat of Clan McDonnell. The castle is surrounded by extreme steep drops on each side. It is accessible via a bridge connecting it to the mainland.
Dunluce Castle Facts
It has inspired many: from poems & songs to being shot multiple times as a film location;
From Led Zeppelin ‘s Houses of Joy, Jackie Chan’s Medallion, on Album cover of Glasglow Friday to Game of Thrones.
Dunluce Castle history
It is built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north County Antrim. It’s earliest written record is in the hands of the McQuillan family in 1513. Dunluce Castle served as the seat of the Earl of Antrim.
You will hear about the dramatic history of how one stormy night in 1639; the castle kitchens fell into the sea.
The town was established around 1608. In archaeological excavations significant remains of the "lost town of Dunluce" were found. This town may be had the most revolutionary housing of Europe. It had indoor toilets which were just being introduced around Europe at that time. It had a complex street network based on a grid system. Most of the town is still to be discovered.
Giant's Causeway Tour - Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
This bridge connecting cliffs across the Atlantic Ocean, is suspended almost 100 ft (30 m) above sea level.
The Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen 350 years ago. It is the only access for the fishermen who've lived on the Island. This is a memory you will have forever.
It’s is now a popular tourist destination. Every year thousands of tourists seeking a stimulating experience are attracted here. The scenery alongside the coastal path is breath-taking.
On either side of the bridge is the stunning coastline. After you cross the 65 ft bridge you reach the Carrick-A-Rede or the ‘Rocky Island’.
The view is a fantastic reward. You get a bird’s eye view of clear water and the ancient caves below. Sharks and Dolphins are a common sight. You may also be fortunate enough to witness some seabirds like razorbills and fulmars. You can see different types of orchids and wildflowers.
An important features of the island is the fisherman’s cottage. At selected weekends the fisherman’s cottage is open for public view.
The Giant's Causeway Tour includes two photo stops inspired by the TV series Game of Thrones, visiting The Dark Hedges, part of the infamous Kingsroad, where Arya Stark escaped from the King’s Landing. You too get to see Dunluce Castle, used as the House of Greyjoy, which is perched on the north Antrim Coast, and perfectly captures the atmosphere and intrigue of the medieval world.
Looking for a private tour from Dublin to Giant's Causeway, then be sure to contact our Private Tours Team here today.
Giant’s Causeway & Game of Thrones Tour from Dublin
Welcome to our Dublin to Giant's Causeway Tour Itinerary. This trip is a unique combination of breath taking scenic drives along the cliffs, epic landscapes and coastal views, history and culture.
Here you have a chance to see what is often described as the most beautiful castle in Northern Ireland! Dunluce Castle, known to Game of Thrones fans as the House of Greyjoy is perched on the edge of the north Antrim coastline. It is often said that Dunluce Castle captures the atmosphere and intrigue of the medieval otherworld portrayed in the popular TV series. Here you will enjoy a 10 – 15-minute photo stop.
UNESCO world heritage, 40,000 Hexagonal shaped rocks, myths and legends, ancient volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, Atlantic Ocean. Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre. Next stop is the iconic Giant’s Causeway where you have almost 2 hours to explore and discover the unusual hexagonal features of the UNESCO Heritage site including a chance in seeing the 40,000 Hexagonal shaped rocks formed 60 million years ago. On this self-guided tour, you also have time to see key features such as the Organ, the Giant’s Boot and the Chimney Stacks. Is it the creation of a mythical Irish giant or a seismic geological event? We’ll let you decide!
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
100ft above sea level, build 350 years ago, fisherman’s cottage. As your time in the Giants Causeway comes to an end, you then have a chance to cross the famous Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, where you all get the chance to walk on the wild side, some 30 metres (100 ft) above sea-level. It is here you have the chance to see some spectacular views of Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.
Larrybane Bay & Headland
Located along the stunning Northern Coast of Ireland lies Larrybane Bay & Headland, which used to stretch out towards Sheep Island. Its large limestone caves once served as a home to boat builders and as a safe haven from winter storms many years ago! And for all you Game of Throne fans out there, it too is where Lord Renly swears to Lady Stark he will avenge Ned Stark’s death, but alas, meets his own end at the hands of Melisandre’s shadow baby. Making Larrybane Bay & Headland a must-see for all looking to really experience the true nature of Antrim’s coast! You could even say that this is the best Dublin Game of Thrones tour on the market with a mix of Ireland and Game of throne all blended in one perfect day tour from Dublin!
08.30 To Check-in, enter the Dublin Visitor Centre, 118 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
08.55 Depart from College Green
12.45 Dunluce Castle
13.00 Giants Causeway
15.00 Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
16.00 Larrybane Bay, Quarry & Headland
20.30 Dublin City Centre*