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Giant's Causeway

This dramatic rock formation was created by volcanic activity millions of years ago; however, the locals might tell you otherwise.

Giant’s Causeway is one of the premier natural history attractions in Northern Ireland. Discover the rock formations, take in the views from the cliffs, go bird-watching, or enjoy a picnic.

Giant’s Causeway is a unique landscape of about 40,000 basalt columns that rose from the earth along what is now the coast of Northern Ireland. This an internationally recognized World Heritage Site.

The rock formation is the product of volcanic activity that occurred 50-60 million years ago. However, Irish legend has it that the mighty Finn MacCool, a giant from the area, built the causeway to fight an enemy.

Find the natural rock formations that the locals saw as signs of the Giant, including the Wishing Chair, the Organ and the Giant’s Boot. Climb over the ancient pillars; the columns are tessellated so it’s easy to walk across their tops.

Enjoy breathtaking views and see if you can identify some local sea birds. Cormorants, petrels and the razorbills circle the shoreline in search of fish. The autumn season is seal breeding season, so scan the shores to spot those shy sea mammals.

The area is also home to many rare plants, making Giant’s Causeway a great destination for nature lovers. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the fresh coastal air in this picturesque setting.

Stop by the Visitor Centre to learn about the history of the area, the legends and the native flora and fauna of Northern Ireland.

Giant’s Causeway is accessible every day of the year. It’s located just outside of Bushmills, near the northern coast of Northern Ireland. Drive the 62 miles (100 kilometers) from Belfast, or take the shuttle bus from Bushmills. There is free parking, but you have to pay to visit the actual site.

You could easily spend a whole afternoon at Giant's Causeway. Below are a nice selection of the activities you can enjoy here:

For even more activities, check out our Belfast things to do page.


Guide to Exploring around Giant's Causeway


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Causeway Hotel
Causeway Hotel

Causeway Hotel

40 Causeway Road, Giants Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Bushmills, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Runkerry Beach and Giant's Causeway. Old Bushmills Distillery is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

    Giant's Causeway Holiday Cottages
    Giant's Causeway Holiday Cottages

    Giant's Causeway Holiday Cottages

    71 Causeway Road, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Giant's Causeway, Runkerry Beach and Portballintrae Beach. Old Bushmills Distillery and Dunluce Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Finn McCool's Giants Causeway Hostel CA $73
      Finn McCool's Giants Causeway Hostel

      Finn McCool's Giants Causeway Hostel

      32 Causeway Road, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Runkerry Beach and Giant's Causeway. Old Bushmills Distillery is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

        Luxury Cottage Sleeps 4 at Giants Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
        Luxury Cottage Sleeps 4 at Giants Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland

        Luxury Cottage Sleeps 4 at Giants Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland

        Aird Cottages, Bushmills, NIR
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Giant's Causeway, Runkerry Beach and Portballintrae Beach. Old Bushmills Distillery and Dunluce Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Carnside Guest House CA $115
          Carnside Guest House

          Carnside Guest House

          23 Causeway Road, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Runkerry Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Giant's Causeway and Old Bushmills Distillery. Portballintrae Beach is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

            Blackrock House - Giants Causeway
            Blackrock House - Giants Causeway

            Blackrock House - Giants Causeway

            25 Runkerry Road, Bushmills, NIR
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the beach, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Runkerry Beach and Giant's Causeway. Old Bushmills Distillery is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

              Bayview Hotel
              Bayview Hotel

              Bayview Hotel

              2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the beach, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dunluce Castle, Old Bushmills Distillery and Giant's Causeway. Portrush East Strand Beach and Ballintoy Harbour are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Dunluce
                Dunluce

                Dunluce

                Giants Causeway Holiday Cottages 71, Causeway Road, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Bushmills, this golf cottage is within 3 miles (5 km) of Giant's Causeway, Runkerry Beach and Portballintrae Beach. Old Bushmills Distillery and Dunluce Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).