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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.


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Lodging Near Giant's Causeway

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Causeway Hotel

Causeway Hotel

40 Causeway Road, Bushmills
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bushmills, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Giants Causeway visitors centre and Giant's Causeway. Hezlett House and Old Bushmills Distillery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Finn McCool's Giants Causeway Hostel

Finn McCool's Giants Causeway Hostel

32 Causeway Road, Bushmills
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Bushmills, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Giants Causeway visitors centre and Giant's Causeway. Hezlett House and Old Bushmills Distillery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$218
The Pyjama Factory

The Pyjama Factory

49-55 Woodvale Park, Bushmills
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this eco-friendly apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Old Bushmills Distillery and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Giant's Causeway. Giants Causeway visitors centre and Hezlett House are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Ballylinny Holiday Cottages

Ballylinny Holiday Cottages

7 Causeway Road, Bushmills
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bushmills, this cottage is close to Hezlett House, Giant's Causeway, and Giants Causeway visitors centre. Local attractions also include Old Bushmills Distillery and Royal Portrush Golf Course.

$64
Causeway B&B

Causeway B&B

42 Priestland Road, Bushmills
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Old Bushmills Distillery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Royal Portrush Golf Course and Dunluce Castle. Giants Causeway visitors centre and Hezlett House are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$123
Bayview Hotel

Bayview Hotel

2 Bayhead Road, Bushmills
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Bushmills, this hotel is close to Old Bushmills Distillery, Royal Portrush Golf Course, and Dunluce Castle. Area attractions also include Giant's Causeway and Portrush East Strand Beach.

$59
Portrush Atlantic Hotel

Portrush Atlantic Hotel

73 Main Street, Portrush
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Portrush, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Portrush Coastal Zone and Waterworld. Portrush Tourist Information Centre and Barry's Amusements are also within 15 minutes.

$140
The Bushmills Inn

The Bushmills Inn

9 Dunluce Road, Bushmills
4.5 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. Giants Causeway visitors centre and Hezlett House are also within 3 mi (5 km).