There are hundreds of spectacular sights to behold in Ireland. Between the castles, natural scenery, and the history, you’d be hard-pressed not to find something interesting everywhere you stop. One of the most popular destinations in the country is the Giant’s Causeway.
The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most breath-taking UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The site is the result of volcanic activity which created cliff-like edges and reddish-coloured rocks and columns. If you’re planning to visit Northern Ireland, this natural wonder should definitely be on your must-see list.
Visitors can access the Causeway on foot or in their own vehicle, but without a knowledgeable tour guide, you’ll miss out on learning about the history and formation of the area.
Several companies offer guided bus tours to the Giant’s Causeway. Although the Giant’s Causeway is the main attraction, many of these tours also stop at villages, castles, and other attractions along the way.
Here are the top three.
1: Allen’s Tours
The number one choice for guided bus tours is Allen’s Tours. This company offers daily full-day bus tours to the Giant’s Causeway, all of which conveniently depart from Belfast or Dublin. They even offer free shuttle pick up from your hotel.
Hostelworld.com voted Allen’s Belfast Tours the “Best Tour Company Worldwide”, making the company an excellent choice for your excursion.
Local guides will provide you with all the information you need along the journey so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. The knowledgeable guides will regale you with folktales and stories about the area.
Partway through the adventure there is a lunch break at the Giant’s Causeway Café.
Throughout the tour the bus stops at more than just the Giant’s Causeway – additional places include the haunted castle at Glenarm, the coastal town of Ballintoy, and the rope bridge at Carrick a Rede. Another popular stop is the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery, where guests can sample the products in the tasting room.
The price for this tour is £18.00.
2: Causeway Coast Tours
Causeway Coast Tours is the runner-up for the best choice for guided tours to the Giant’s Causeway. The bus tours available from this company are all day, and the company can pick you up from any hotel in the city centre.
The tour starts by leaving from Belfast and traveling inland to the northern coast. Along the way, the coach will stop at the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery and the striking Dunluce Castle. At the Distillery, guests have the option of sampling whiskey at the bar or visiting the gift shop.
From the medieval castle, the tour continues to the Giant’s Causeway, where visitors have two hours to explore and have lunch at the café.
On the way home the bus makes a stop at the Carrick a Rede rope bridge where visitors can cross over the 75-foot gorge if they choose. The tour continues along the Antrim Coast Road to Carnlough, a fishing village known for its charming harbor.
The price for adults is £25.00, and children under 17 years old are £17.50. Students and seniors are £22.50.
3: Belfast City Sightseeing
The full-day bus tours available from Belfast City Sightseeing depart from Belfast seven days per week and include many stops along the way. The first stop is Carrickfergus Castle, where visitors have an opportunity to take photos.
From the Norman castle, the bus continues onward to the village of Carnlough, and on to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. There are walking paths around the area for guests who don’t want to cross the bridge.
The lunch break takes place at the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery, where guests have the option of sampling some of the brews. After lunch the tour visits the Giant’s Causeway for about two hours, giving visitors ample time to discover the wonders of the site.
On the way back to Belfast, the coach stops at Dunluce Castle for one final chance to take photos, and upon reaching Belfast drops guests off at the Europa Hotel.
For adults, the tour price is £25.00, and children under the age of 12 are £17.50. Any child who is under the age of three and who does not need his or her own seat can ride free of charge.