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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.


Guide to Exploring around Giant's Causeway


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Lodging Near Giant's Causeway

See all 101 Hotels near Giant's Causeway
Causeway Hotel $162
Causeway Hotel

Causeway Hotel

40 Causeway Road, Bushmills
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 125 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Bushmills, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Giant's Causeway and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Old Bushmills Distillery. Dunluce Castle and Whitepark Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Bayview Hotel $163
    Bayview Hotel

    Bayview Hotel

    2 Bayhead Road, Bushmills
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 7 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Bushmills, this hotel is close to Old Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle, and Giant's Causeway. Regional attractions also include Portrush East Strand Beach and Ballintoy Harbour.

      Causeway Tavern B&B $65
      Causeway Tavern B&B

      Causeway Tavern B&B

      241 Whitepark Road, Bushmills
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 116 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Bushmills, this bed & breakfast is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Giant's Causeway and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Whitepark Bay. Old Bushmills Distillery and Ballintoy Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Finn McCool's Giants Causeway Hostel
        Finn McCool's Giants Causeway Hostel

        Finn McCool's Giants Causeway Hostel

        32 Causeway Road, Bushmills
           
          3.3
          of 5, from 17 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Bushmills, this hostel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Giant's Causeway and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Old Bushmills Distillery. Dunluce Castle and Whitepark Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          The Bushmills Inn $218
          The Bushmills Inn

          The Bushmills Inn

          9 Dunluce Road, Bushmills
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 73 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Old Bushmills Distillery and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Giant's Causeway. Dunluce Castle is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

            Ballylinny Holiday Cottages
            Ballylinny Holiday Cottages

            Ballylinny Holiday Cottages

            7 Causeway Road, Bushmills
               
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Bushmills, this cottage is close to Giant's Causeway, Old Bushmills Distillery, and Dunluce Castle. Area attractions also include Royal Portrush Golf Club and White Rocks Beach.

              Portcaman House B&B $82
              Portcaman House B&B

              Portcaman House B&B

              11 Priestland Road, Bushmills
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 142 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Bushmills, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Old Bushmills Distillery and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Giant's Causeway. Dunluce Castle is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

                Causeway B&B $64
                Causeway B&B

                Causeway B&B

                42 Priestland Road, Bushmills
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 47 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Old Bushmills Distillery and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Dunluce Castle. Giant's Causeway and Benvarden Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km).