Depart the port of Belfast and drive inland through Ballymena and Bushmills to the North Antrim Coast. You will arrive at your destination: The Giant’s Causeway — a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. For centuries, visitors have marveled at its majesty and mystery. The unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms, while the rugged symmetry of the columns never fail to intrigue and inspire. To stroll the Giants Causeway is to voyage back in time. The Summer of 2012 marked the opening of the causeway’s Visitor Centre. This interpretative center will entertain you with several theories on how people believe the causeway’s 40,000 basalt stones were formed — you can decide which is most likely (or simply most interesting!) More stories on the area’s rich mythology, history, geology, flora and fauna will paint a picture of the Causeway in your mind before you actually make your way to the stones themselves. Your imagination will continue to grow as you travel along the stepping-stones that lead to either what some view as the creative turbulence of a bygone volcanic age, or what others believe is a result of legends of the past. After your memorable visit to this top visitor attraction, you will rejoin your guide aboard a motor coach for your return drive to your ship. If time permits, you will make a stop to take photos at Dunluce Castle — a medieval Irish castle — and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Enjoy a brief drive along the stunning Antrim Coast before turning inland at Ballycastle for Belfast, and back to the pier.
- The order of sights may vary.
- The terrain is very uneven and slippery at the Causeway. Guests need to take extra care while visiting the actual stones.
- The Causeway can be very crowded, as it is Northern Ireland’s top visitor attraction.