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Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway is a cluster of approximately 40,000 basalt columns rising out of the sea on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland. These rock formations get their name from an old legend stating that Irish warrior Finn McCool built the path across the sea to face his Scottish rival, Benandonner. There are several variations of the story from this point but each one ends with Finn dressing as a baby and scaring off Benandonner, who thinks the disguised Finn is actually the child of a giant and is too afraid to face his opponent. On his way back to Scotland, Benandonner tears up the path behind him, leaving just what exists today on the Northern Irish coast and the Scottish island of Staffa, which has similar rock formations.

While the legend makes for an interesting story, geologists have a different explanation for the creation of the Giant's Causeway: volcanic activity. According to them, millions of years ago a volcanic eruption produced a lava flow that cooled quickly from both the top and sides, shaping the lava into hexagonal columns. Now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thousands of tourists visit Giant's Causeway each year to marvel at and photograph this natural wonder.

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Over time, the elements have continued to sculpt these columns into various shapes and some are known to resemble objects. Notable formations include the Chimney Stacks, Giant's Harp and Honeycomb, all of which are favorites of visiting photographers. Spot these and other formations on your walk over the columns to the edge of the sea.

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Private Tour: Game of Thrones and Giant’s Causeway Tour from Belfast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Leave Belfast to visit filming locations used in the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series on a private tour, and explore the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway, too! While ...  Read more

Location: Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00

Giant's Causeway Day Trip from Dublin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 189 Reviews

See Northern Ireland's spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site – Giant's Causeway – on a day trip from Dublin. From the comfort of your luxury coach, you'll see ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.57

Bushmills Whiskey Tasting, Lunch and Giant's Causeway Experience from Belfast

Sample some fine Irish malt whiskeys, enjoy a delicious lunch, and see the spectacular Giant’s Causeway on this full-day tour from Belfast! Visit the ...  Read more

Location: Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.63

Northern Ireland Day Trip from Dublin: Belfast Black Taxi Tour and Giant's Causeway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

Leave Dublin and travel by luxury coach to Belfast for a black cab tour, followed by a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway! From the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $95.39

Titanic Visitor Experience and Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Visit Belfast’s Titanic Visitor Experience and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway on a full-day trip from Dublin! Open since April 2012 (the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.39

Northern Ireland including Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 254 Reviews

Sit back and relax on this combined rail and coach day trip from Dublin to Northern Ireland. With all your travel arrangements organized for you, you'll see ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.53

2-Day Northern Ireland Tour from Dublin by Train: Belfast and Giant's Causeway

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Travel through gorgeous coastal terrain, including the Glens of Antrim, on this 2-day trip to Northern Ireland from Dublin. Head to Belfast by train for an ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $271.17

Northern Ireland and the North West Small Group Jeep Tour from Dublin (5 days)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Head North on a journey through 1000's of years of fascinating history, dramatic scenery and legendary places to the heart of one of Europe's most ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,183.81

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