Belfast City Tours - North Antrim Coast (Giants Causeway) Tour
Belfast city tours black taxi giants causeway tour visits Dunluce Castle, the Giants Causeway (World Heritage Site), Bushmills Distillery, Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and a scenic drive through the Glens of Antrim
The Giants Causeway: is an area of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which were formed as a result of a volcanic eruption over 50 million years ago during the Palaeogene period when mammals first appeared on the earth. Legend says that the Irish Giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) built the causeway so he could walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart Benandonner. Take a walk along the Causeway and see if you can find the giants boot, cradle, organ and the chimneys of his house.
Bushmills Distillery: In 1608 king James 1st granted Sir Thomas Phillips a licence to distil whiskey in this area. 1608 is printed on the labels of every bottle of Bushmills whiskey. The Bushmills distillery company was established in 1784 making it the world’s oldest working distillery. The tour of the distillery lasts about 45 minutes. At the end you receive a free drink of whiskey and you can buy a bottle in the gift shop. (Entrance fee to the distillery is not included in the tour price).
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge: Carrick-A-Rede means rock in the road. The rope stretches between a small island and the mainland. The first rope bridge here was built over 350 years ago by fishermen. Crossing the bridge is not for the faint hearted. Some people have been known to cross the bridge and then been afraid to cross back over resulting in them having to be taken off the island by boat.
Dunluce Castle: The Castle, which is now in ruins, was built in the 13th century by Richard Og de Burgh the 2nd Earl of Ulster. (Ulster is one of the 4 provinces of Ireland)
The castle served as the seat of the Earl of Ulster until the Clan McDonnell left it after the Battle of The Boyne in 1690. Since then the castle has fallen into ruins with some of it falling into the sea.
Do you know what the North Antrim coast has in common with D day? We will tell you on this tour.
Time permitting the tour will finish with a short drive through the Titanic quarter in Belfast
This tour lasts approximately 8 hours
For those visiting on a Cruise ship
Don’t worry we will have you back in time for the ship sailing