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Giants Causeway and Belfast City

Tour Duration: Half Day: Fullday

Giants CausewayDepart from port of Belfast to Giants Causeway County Antrim

The Giant's Causeway (295445), 12 km. E. of Portrush and 15km. W. of Ballycastle, is Northern Ireland's most famous sight. The Causeway proper is only part of its attraction. The 6 km of sheer cliffs, rising to over 90 m. and forming a series of bays, are spectacular. The National Trust has provided a coastal path about 8 km. long from the entrance to the Causeway to beyond Dunseverick, near Whitepark Bay. A small bus takes visitors down to the Grand Causeway.

This attraction was heightened, however, in 1986 by the completion of an interpretive Centre which attempts to explain the geological enigma of the Causeway and other mythical legends associated with it. The Centre includes a theatre in which a lively and colourful audio visual programme explains the volcanic origin of the Causeway and also suggests that a legendary Irish giant, Finn MacCool undoubtedly had a hand in its creation.

The Grand Causeway is an astonishing complex of basalt columns packed together, whose tops form 'stepping stones' leading from the cliff foot and disappearing under the sea. Similar columns appear on the island of Staffa, in the Hebrides: hence the legend that this was a road built by the giant Finn MacCool to enable him to cross over to Scotland.

Belfast CityAfter Lunch, we will return to Belfast City where you will be able to spend some free time seeing all of the cities local attrations.

Popular districts to explore in Belfast are the city centre shopping areas of Royal Avenue, Castlecourt and the newly opened Victoria Square.
Other areas worth a visit are:

The Queens Quarter - latte, books and the beautiful Queens University building.

The Gaeltacht Quarter - political/mural tours, irish speaking and Guinness.

Cathedral Quarter - wine and tapas.

Lisburn Road - Belfast's answer to the Kings Road in London with an electic mix of designer boutiques, niche restaurants and a cool cappuccino.



Retun to Belfast