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Old Bushmills Distillery

Bushmills Distillery is the oldest working distillery in Ireland. Founded in 1608, it has been known as the Old Bushmills Distillery since 1784. A fire destroyed the distillery in 1880, but it was rebuilt, and the 1890s proved to be a heyday for ... 

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eljx1988
Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Great experience and nicely paced. Sufficient time to explore each tourist location. We started off with Carrickfergus Castle for phototaking opportunity, followed by Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (stunning view!) and then Old Bushmills Distillery for Irish Whiskey and lunch, Dunluce Castle (taking photos) and finally Giant's Causeway. Breathtaking view and amazing scenery. Enough time was allocated for Giant's Causeway so there is plenty of time to walk around. Highly recommended tour.

Doing what: Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

my mom and I have both been to Ireland several times, but had never made it to the Causeway - a place we both really wanted to see. We took this tour together, and it was a great trip! The coastal route out to the Causeway was absolutely stunning, and the little stops along the way were nice breaks (lunch at the distillery was delicious!) We felt we had plenty of time at the Causeway, I didn't feel rushed, and the time of year was great. The cold and wind were worth it since there were hardly any other tourists there! You also don't have to pay to see the Causeway - you only have to pay if you want an actual tour or audioguides, walking down and seeing the Causeway is no-charge. our tour guide was also friendly and knowledgeable and funny, making for a great time!

Doing what: Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Excellent value for money! The driver/guide, Patrick, was very knowledgeable and took great pride in, not only the history of his country but also, the geological and mythical information of the area. He never stopped talking the whole trip! Being a National Trust member, I didn't have to pay entry fees to Giant's Causeway or Carrick Ropebridge but fellow travellers seemed very pleased with the discount joint-ticket on offer. It's a shame there wasn't time for the guided tour at Bushmills Distillery but the restaurant and shop were welcome when the only bad weather of the day (a sudden downpour of rain) appeared! The weather cleared up for the Giant's Causeway and what a wonderful natural phenomena it is. The coach company picked me up at my slightly 'out-of-the-way' guest house in the Queens University area and dropped me back in the city after a very long, but enjoyable 10 hour tour! Highly recommended!

Doing what: Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast

Neil S
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2013

This is a trip well worth considering when in Belfast. It is a full day and takes in so many attractions. You are picked up from your hotel door and taken to a central point to join a luxury coach when the day begins. Darren was the driver for the day who had a very dry sense of humour and made the entire day so informative. He commentates throughout the tour and is a wealth of knowledge. The highlights of the day are the trip to the Bushmill's Distillery. You do not have time for the tour but you stop there for lunch. The food is superb and plentiful. You can try the whiskeys through the cafe and bar and the new Bushmill's Honey is worth a try. You pay extra to go on the rope bridge and later to enter the Giants Causeway but the driver sells discounted tickets (£10) You must go on the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. It is not as scary as you may think. Though high and windy, the rope is very secure and you have confidence in the bridge. The guides from the National Trust are also very helpful. It helps if you bend your knees when crossing to stop them knocking! Then onto Giant's Causeway which is the highlight of the day. You spend two hours there so plenty of time to explore. Fascinating to see how nature has created these structures. You can climb on them so I strongly recommend a sturdy footwear. There is time for a coffee before setting for home. Pick up at 9.15 a.m. and we were dropped off at 6.30 p.m. I would highly recommend this trip as it is not only a superb day but also value for money as the price is so reasonable.

Doing what: Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2014

Really enjoyed it. Tour guide was good too. Felt there could have been more time at distillery and slightly less at giants causeway. Also should be explained that you have to pay extra for the visitors centre at giants causeway when you book.

Doing what: Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2013

Having 'phoned as instructed, we were told the coach would pick us up at 9.00. At 9.45, the hotel 'phoned for us and at 10.00 the coach came. Sadly it was a very misty morning so we couldn't see much of the beautiful Antrim coastal drive. We stopped at two castles for 'photographs. One was a ruin but the other looked worth a visit. The food and drink at the Bushmills Distillery were grossly overpriced as were the souvenirs. The town of Bushmill looked very pleasant with numerous eateries but we were too far away to avail ourselves of them. The Rope Bridge was awesome - luckily I am a member of the National Trust so didn't have to pay the £5.50 entry fee. Giant's Causeway was busy but the audio guide was fun. Once again I didn't have to pay the entry fee (£8.50). My friend didn't want to do the Rope Bridge and isn't a National Trust member but because she came on the coach she paid a reduced (Green) entry fee. We rushed straight home via the motorway which was a shame as the mist had burnt off by lunchtime and we could have enjoyed the coastal ride instead of the motorway. It is a pity that, having heard the weather forecast, the coach firm didn't reverse the order of the day so we wouldn't all have felt cheated out of part of the trip. Having said that, it was along day but I think good value for money. I would certainly recommend it.

Doing what: Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast

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