The Giant's Causeway: A Must-See When in Ireland
Whether you’re a Game of Thrones fan or not, the Giant’s Causeway day tour is not to be missed. Discover this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site on Northern Ireland’s north coast, as well as the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Belfast city.
A magical tale
The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking hexagonal columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.
However, legend says that the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant (Finn MacCool) to use as a bridge to Scotland. MacCool was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. MacCool accepted the challenge and built the causeway so the two could meet. However, MacCool outwitted Benandonner, leading him to flee back to Scotland, destroying the causeway along the way so MacCool could not follow.
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The best photo opportunity
If you’re looking for the perfect Instagram shot, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is the perfect place to stop. It used to be a way for salmon fisherman to reach the island of Carrick-a-Rede from the mainland, Northern Ireland.
The coastal walk to the bridge is around a 15-20 minutes, and the views along the way are spectacular. If you have a fear of heights, don’t let it stop you from crossing the bridge. Keep looking straight at the other side, and if you have the opportunity halfway across, turn around and pose for a quick photo.
The day tour will finish in the historical city of Belfast, where you’ll have free time to explore, shop or enjoy a pint in a local bar. The Crown Bar on Great Victoria Street is an outstanding example of a Victorian gin palace, and one of Northern Ireland’s best-known pubs.
It’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for this day tour – there’s a bit of walking at the Rope Bridge and some optional walks at the Causeway. Even if it’s the summer, there’s no harm in being prepared for a bit of wind and rain!
This content was supplied to us by Irish Day Tours, a subsidiary of the ei travel group, who organizes a range of tours around Ireland.
Photos supplied by Kaplan students Mevlut & Belen.