SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF THE ANTRIM COAST AND GIANT'S CAUSEWAY
Panorama, Culture, Meal included
A spectacular itinerary overlooking the sea along the rugged Antrim coast from one fishing town to the next with a lovely lunch break to discover the typical Irish cuisine and a visit to spectacular Giant’s Causeway, a true geological marvel that leaves us breathless.
What we will see
- Sightseeing tour of County Antrim
- Carnlough and Ballycastle
- Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
- White Park Bay (drive past)
- Dunluce Castle
- Giant’s Causeway and visitor centre
What we will do
- We leave the port behind us and embark on a thrilling sightseeing tour of County Antrim, characterised by amazing rural views made up of meadows and fertile cultivated land, charming villages and grassland.
- Along the way, we admire the town of Larne and its perfect combination of ancient and modern elements with the remains of its 16th-century fortress and the modern facilities of a fully-operating seaport.
- We drive through the port of Carnlough, teeming with elegant yachts and pleasure boats, and continue as far as Ballycastle, a picturesque fishing town with lovely beaches and a picture-perfect harbour.
- We then reach the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, a sensational viewpoint from where we can admire the amazing coast. Even if we don't cross the bridge, the sight of the precipice below is enough to make our hearts skip a beat.
- We have our cameras at the ready to capture White Park Bay, a spectacular beach with ancient sand dunes, then stop for an excellent Irish lunch in a local restaurant.
- After lunch, we stop by the Dunluce Castle to capture with our cameras the most romantic and spectacular castle in all of Northern Ireland perched on the steep cliffs of the northern coast.
- We finally reach our destination: Giant’s Causeway, an incredible natural rock formation made up of approximately 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns and the only site in Northern Ireland declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- There are many myths and legends connected to this evocative place, all of which centred around giant Finn McCool. According to certain versions, he built the causeway to reach his beloved in Scotland, while others report he built it to hunt down a rival across the sea. Scientists, however, explain that the countless columns were created in ancient times by volcanic activity.
- Once there, we stop at the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, where we learn a lot of interesting facts on the formation of these spectacular rocks and the legend linked to them, which convey even more charm to a place that is already most fascinating. What a thrill it is to see it with our own eyes accompanied by the sound of the waves breaking on the cliffs!
- We then head back to the ship taking unforgettable memories with us.