This amazing day with us takes you from
Dublin to a UNESCO Heritage site in the northern half of Ireland.
We leave Dublin at 6:30 am and take the 100 mile journey on
the M1 straight up to the city of Belfast. There our other
tour compatriots, who are on the Belfast tour, will transfer
to another bus and will do a tour of this great city. We will
be taking the coast road from Larne, until we reach Carrick-a-Rede
Rope Bridge. This coast road has been compared to the Great
Ocean Road in Australia and California and you will see why.
The minute we leave the port town of Larne, we arrive on a
road built literally into the cliff-side around the rugged
coastline of the north. We pass through little quaint villages
and also pass the famous 9 Glens of Antrim, each of which
will be explained to you by your driver in regards to what
happened there, the terrible stories of some of them, and
the funny stories of others. No matter what you want to listen
to you will be overawed by the beauty you see on this fantastic
After you reach the village of Ballycastle, the fun
really starts with a viewpoint over Carrick a Rede rope bridge
and then you get to walk over the bridge if you have the nerve!
This is included in the price, and we are the only tour company
to include this in the price! It is for a charity so we are
glad to offer this in our price. The National Trust run parts
of this coastline and we are happy to donate money towards
this very worthy cause. Looking after our natural sites of
beauty is of prime concern to us so any help we can. With
lunch in the village of Ballintoy at a small pub we will then
make our way to the UNESCO Heritage site of the Giants Causeway.
This amazing natural formation has amazed generations of people.
During the Victorian era this was a massive hit for the English
tourists. Today it is one of the biggest draws that the North
of Ireland has to offer and it is easy to see why. Looking
out onto Rathlin Island and over to the Mull of Kintyre in
Scotland, where similar formations exist also the backdrop
is hard to beat. The mystery of these hexagonal shaped rocks,
over 40,000 still begoggles us when we see it. You can safely
walk out on these rocks and even sit in the wishing chair
in the middle of these rocks. We recommend walking along the
cliff top down to the staircase and returning via the lower
road, and then you get to see a birds eye view of the whole
area and then be right in the middle of it. After this we
will make our way back to Belfast where you will get to spend
an hour visiting this city before returning to Dublin.
We depart from the tourist office on Suffolk
Street at 6:30 am. We will be taking the M1 motorway through
counties Meath and Louth before hitting the border into what
we call the "six counties" i.e. part of Ireland
that is administered by the United Kingdom. Our first stop
will be a coffee stop in the border town of Newry, before
we are back on the M1 again and in no time at all we will
arrive in Belfast city to drop the Belfast tour off as we
continue on our adventure up the North.
We take the coast road beginning at the port town of Larne.
The North coastal route is famous worldwide for its beauty
and in my opinion matches the Great Ocean Road in California
and Victoria, Australia. Straddled along this road are quaint
villages and dramatic cliffs that we are literally clinging
to as we drive northward to the causeway.
Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge: This is our
first official stop of the day and you will get to spend an
hour and a half at this man made wonder over to a little rock
out-drop. The rope bridge was originally used by salmon fishermen
who would cast their nets under the rope bridge to trap the
tasty creatures. Now, thousands of people each year walk across
it holding their breaths! This is included in the price of
the tour, and we are the only company to offer this. It is
a 20 minute walk to the rope bridge from the car park so you
have lots of time to spend taking in the beauty. In front
of you will be Rathlin Island where Robert the Bruce spent
some time before fighting the English in Scotland.
We will be stopping in the small village of Ballintoy for
lunch in the Fullerton Arms. Great food and funny staff.
This village is one of the prettiest in Ireland and has a
fantastic view over the ocean on a good day all the way to
the Orkney Islands.
And now for the highlight of the day and possibly your trip
to Ireland; The Giants Causeway. We will be visiting
the causeway for one and half hours also which will give you
lots of time to explore this anomaly in geological terms.
40,000 hexagonal shaped rocks spread out like a road to the
sea. Take a good walk and breathe in the clean ocean air.
After the causeway we will be doing a full circle back towards
Belfast but before heading back we will take a stop at Dunluce
Castle, home once upon a time to the McDonnell clan. Built
on a cliff it is known as the most romantic castle in Ireland.
We will stop for a photo stop here before returning to Belfast.
Arriving back in Belfast you will get
to spend an hour here taking in the main city sights including
City Hall, the Titanic Quarter and Donegal Square. We will
be picking up the Belfast city tour from there and all making
our way back to Dublin for arrival around the 8 clock region.