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Absorb the spectacular scenery of Northern Ireland's magical landscapes on a full-day rail tour from Dublin. Enjoy the romance of travelling by train as you marvel at panoramic vistas of the Northern Irish countryside and relish a light breakfast onboard. On arrival in Belfast, ride a comfortable coach to the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway, famed for its mystifying basalt columns, and capture photographs outside Dunluce Castle. Summon your courage to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge before returning to your Dublin hotel by coach and train.
You can enjoy the romance of a train trip to Belfast before boarding a coach to Giant's Causeway, where you'll get to walk around the volcanic formations. It's a full-day journey with some once-in-a-lifetime views so have your camera ready!
We visited on one of the stormiest days of the year so were not allowed on to the really high stones but somehow the wind and the rain, the stormy waters all added to the drama of the visit although the wind was so high at times we had to be really carefully on the stones. Hope to visit again when we come back to Ireland.
This day trip was over 12 hours! Purchased online before trip. We really enjoyed seeing more of Ireland. The train and bus were clean and a pleasant way to travel.
The sights were awesome and our guide was well informed and entertaining.
This was a great tour. Well worth the time. It was interesting to hear the guide's take on the troubles.
Expect an early morning and late night with a late lunch! We took the train up to Belfast and joined up with another tour group there. After a windy drive through the Northern Irish countryside, you arrive at the rope bridge. Our tickets for crossing were included, the tour we met up with had to pay for the crossing only 5 euros. From there we went to Bushmills Distillery for lunch, got there around 2:30 pm, had a bonus stop at gorgeous castle ruins, then went onto the Giant's Causeway. There was an option to purchase a walking tour there 5 euros but we didn't purchase that and had a great time just wandering around and climbing on the rocks! We had enough time for a drink at the nearby pub before having to meet the bus to take us back to Belfast to meet our train. Definitely bring snacks, and expect to eat takeout for dinner when you get back to Dublin!
Excellent tour. Wish we had more time at the town of Bushmills or to catch the tour at the distillery.
This was the absolute BEST booking we made in our Europe trip. It was definitely a long day, leaving at 0730 and got back at 2215. But, it was so worth it. The train ride was comfy, breakfast was available. Our guide stopped and talked with all of us about the plans for the day and made sure we were ready. The bus left from Belfast and drove us up the Coast which was absolutely beautiful! All the quick scenic stops along the way were so incredible. I wish I could remember all the stories our driver commented on along the way!
The best part was the rope bridge. It was an experience I will remember forever...including the rain that dumped as we came upon the bridge. Despite being soaking wet, I would do it all over again. Giants causeway was amazing as well. Definitely wish we would have had time to walk to the top of the mountain and down below, but 2 hours doesn't allow for that when you're wet. The stop at Bushmills was just ok. Yes, it provided us time for lunch, but the place was packed with other tour groups and working people. LOVED this trip!
long way to the bottom--glad there was a jitney. the trip down was worth it beautiful breath taking and awesome all in one stop/ Makes you stop and think about the world we live in and how complex it is and how simple it is at the same time.
This was a wonderful tour and our tour guide Paddy became a great friend. He was so likable and so much fun. Should you decide to take this tour, which I think you should, I would hope that you would have Paddy as your guide.
Long day but worth it. Excellent way to see Northern Ireland. Travelled with our 5 year old son and the whole family had a great day. Our tour guide was great. We enjoyed every minute.
I love train trips and this one is a gem. So happy I chose to ride the rails from Dublin to Belfast return and continue the rest of the tour by motor coach. Ray, the driver/tour guy extraordinaire was phenomenal! He kept a bus full of travelers on time no one got left behind and entertained for the duration of the trip. He's a marvelous storyteller and his lovely Irish accent was an added bonus!
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