The Giants Causeway was something that was not on our to do list. We are very pleased that we stopped at this really interested historical site. The story that is behind the entire thing is neat and how they have turned it into a tale is just to my amazement. The day was a little nasty and my husband wanted to walk everything so it made our tour a...more
Bushmills Distillery was the perfect example of a WORKING distillery. We also toured the Jameson distillery and they are nothing to compare. The Bushmills Distillery tour was smelly, interesting, and you actually got to see the behind the scenes, everyday task from the workers. The tour guide was easy to understand and very friendly. After the tour...more
It would be easy to miss this little Arts & Crafts school building, now a museum set up as it was in the 1920s.But if you have a few minutes to spare it's worth a wander round.The school was designed by architect Clough Williams-Ellis, who created the rather lovely village of Portmeirion in North Wales, where the cult series 'The Prisoner' was...more
2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae, Bushmills, BT57 8RZ, United Kingdom
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9 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills, BT57 8QG, United Kingdom
Good for: Business
This NITB (Northern Ireland Tourist Board) approved hotel has a great atmosphere and is conveniently...more
Of course, people will totally ignore the signs which warn you not to walk where the stones are black.
That's up to them, of course.
But the stones are black where they are most often covered by the tide. They will be more slippery when wet (weed, algae) and the coast is notorious for unexpected big waves.
Walk on the black bits if you like, as long as you realise it's your bones you're risking. No doubt the ambulance people are well-used to attending.....
The newly opened visitors centre at the Giants Causeway charges £8.50 for entrance per person. From what I saw from the door its not worth it. The way the centre is laid out, somebody who hadnt been there before would think you actually had to pay to go into the visitors centre to actually visit the Giants Causeway, which you dont! See the tip below for how to avoid paying
Unique Suggestions: Be prepared for crowds if you go into the visitors centre. And expensive food. There is a little kiosk at the side of the causeway hotel selling ice cream, drinks and snacks at better prices and you can get a meal in either the Nook or the Causeway hotel as well
Fun Alternatives: Its easy to avoid paying the visitors centre entrance fee. If you go into the car park entrance and head towards the visitors centre entrance (Big marble columns cut into the side of a hill) then turn left. Head towards the white building (The Causeway hotel) and keep walking until youve gone past the building. You will notice a path at the side of it. Go up this path and follow it around behind the hotel. When you get to the tarmacced roadway follow it down the slope and this leads you to the causeway. There is a bus down to the causeway and back up again, you can walk down and get the bus back up if you want to.
Alternatively you can hike along the causeway coastal path from Ballycastle or Ballintoy. Better in nice weather!
Right off the Coastal Causeway route most infamous for the Giant's Causeway, is a beautiful white sandy beach nestled between two headlands on the North Antrim coast forming a white arc in a very secluded location. My first visit was obsessed with ideas of coming back to this spot and settling into the youth hostel that overlooks this bay, and...more
Near the Giant's Causeway, on an isolated rock surrounded by the sea in a small bay, is the crumbling remains of "Dunseverick Castle". A maritime fortress of Dalriada, built by Sovaric, son of Eberic mythically in the year of the world 3668 a.m. once off the royal road from Tara, and once of the seats of the Kings of Ireland. It was stormed in 870...more
Tied into the legendary faerie lore with being created by Finn Mac Cool as a causeway to walk between Ireland and Scotland, the area is rich in myths and legends. A World Heritage site (UNESCO 1986), operated by the National Trust, the Giant's Causeway consists of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that were caused by the result of a ancient...more