- All Year Round, Daily.
- Daily at 08:55.
- 118 Grafton Street (Dublin Visitor Centre).
- Approx. 10 Hours.
- Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre Admission.
- *Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge crossing fee.
About The Giant’s Causeway Shuttle From Dublin:
This day trip offers Dublin visitors a fun and flexible means of reaching the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Shuttle coaches depart from the bus stop outside the Dublin Visitor Centre (118 Grafton Street) every day at 08:55. Once you book your shuttle pass be sure to arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes before this time. Friendly staff will get you checked-in and you'll be shown to your seat.
The journey includes a 2 hour stop at Giant's Causeway. Step off the coach and explore this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site at a pace that suits you. From 2018 this activity also includes an English-language guided tour.
The causeway is a place steeped in Irish myth and folklore, and the name itself derives from a famous legend involving two giants. Finn MacCool (Fionn mac Cumhaill) was challenged to a fight by Scottish giant Benandonner. Finn accepted, though upon discovering how much larger his opponent was, devised a plan to scare him off.
Finn's wife disguised her husband as a baby and waited for Benandonner to come looking for him. When he saw the size of the 'baby' he fearfully began to assume that the father must be a giant among giants, and immediately fled back to Scotland, destroying the causeway as went.
Allusions to the legend are evident in many of the Causeway's famous geological features. See the distinctive 'Giant's Boot' rock, the basalt Chimney Stacks, and the 'Camel'- said to have been Finn's steed of choice.
After spending time at Giant's Causeway the shuttle bus moves onto the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and two iconic Game of Thrones photo stops. The rope bridge itself served as Storm's End, the ancestral seat of House Baratheon. If you're not afraid of heights and enjoy a little rush of adrenaline then make the 30 meter high crossing to Rathlin Island.
The two main Westeros photo stops will take you to the Dark Hedges and Dunluce Castle. The former is notable for playing the role of Kingsroad, where Arya Stark escaped on her flight from Kings Landing to the Nights Watch. The latter served as the backdrop for the stronghold of House Greyjoy.
The whole day trip lasts approximately 10 hours, and you can expect the shuttle bus to have you back in Dublin around 19:00.
Giant's Causeway pictures by Caspar Diederik (@StoryTravelers).