Belfast is a magnificent city to visit with a huge amount of things to see and do. Most people visiting the city also choose to visit the nearby Giant’s Causeway, and with good reason.
The large area consists of around 40,000 basalt (volcanic rock) columns, and was created by a volcanic explosion, which occurred way, way back, in ancient times. Regarded as being one of the ‘Wonders of the World’, it is quite literally unique, as there is nothing like it anywhere else on the planet. Its incredible visual beauty makes it a number one destination for tourists.
Because of its immense popularity, many tourist agencies offer guided tours of the area, which will be described below:
Belfast City Sightseeing offer a full day tour in their luxury coaches. Not only will they pick you up free of charge from any hotel in the city, but they’ll also make stops at many other popular attractions along the way, including Bushmills Whiskey Distillery and Dunluce Castle, in addition to driving along the beautiful Antrim Coast Road, before ending the tour at the wonderful Carnlough Village, where you can put your feet up and relax after a day that will surely be one to remember. The services offered by Belfast City Sightseeing are certainly worthy of the attention of any tourists in the area.
Then there’s the tour offered by Odyssey Coach Tours. What really sets them apart from the rest is that they limit their tour groups to only five people each, which gives you to opportunity to have a truly personal experience without getting caught up in the hustle and bustle that would occur within a large crowd.
The main purpose of the tour offered by Odyssey Coach is to be as calm and relaxing as possible, and they do an amazing job. If your ideal holiday involves getting away from loud noises, crowds and anything else that could cause anxiety, then they are for you. There’s also the option of walking along the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, if you are brave enough!
McComb’s Coach Travel also offer their own service, which consists of stopping at, Carrickfergus Castle, lunch at Bushmills Distillery, before arriving at the famous Causeway itself. As if that was not enough, the tour ends with one final stop at Dunluce Castle, so you certainly get your money’s worth.
If all those sound a little too slow and relaxing for you, and you’re after something with a little more action, the you would be wise to opt for tour offered by the aptly named Paddywagon. Only slowing down for a one hour break in Belfast, the tour will see you visiting many famous places along the way, including the Dark Hedges and Ballintoy, and several of the castles mentioned above, and even some of the filming locations from Game of Thrones (it appears that people choosing this tour are likely to be fans of the show) before making it to the Giant’s Causeway. What’s more, their booking services are available 24/7, so can make arrangements with them whenever it suits you.
If you’re looking for something that will only take up a fraction of your day but still be long enough for the experience to be savoured, then Isango have a nine hour service, which is not too long and not too short. You’ll experience the journey in a full air-conditioned coach (a blessing for summer holidays) but unfortunately for this particular service you will need to pay for many of the other activities yourself.
Allen’s Giants Causeway Tour is an organization that exists to cater to a tourist’s every need when they visit Belfast, and their particular tour of the Giant’s Causeway is top notch and a cut above the rest. They offer an incredible tour, where you will experience the the Antrim Coastal Road in their luxury coaches, making stops so that you can take in all the incredible sights along the way. Then they take you on a guided tour of the Causeway, and you can opt to experience the tour in a smaller, private group should you so choose.
All their staff are professionals with years of experience of working with tourists, all of whom have been handpicked to offer you the best possible experience. It lasts for seven hours and could be the most memorable seven hours of your life.