- All Year Round, Daily | Except St Patrick's Day.
schedule Departure Time:
- Daily at 08:55.
place Departure Point:
- 118 Grafton Street (Dublin Visitor Centre).
- Approx. 9.5 Hours.
- Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre Admission.
- Food & Drink.
- Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off.
About The Giant’s Causeway Tour From Dublin:
This day trip offers Dublin visitors a fun and flexible means of reaching the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Coaches depart from the bus stop outside the Dublin Visitor Centre (118 Grafton Street) every day at 08:55. Once you book your tour pass be sure to arrive at the departure point at least 25 minutes before this time. Friendly staff will get you checked-in and you'll be shown to your seat.
The journey includes a 1 hour 45 minute stop at Giant's Causeway. Step off the coach and explore this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site at a pace that suits you. 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 he 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 bus moves onto the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and two iconic Game of Thrones photo stops. The rope bridge itself is reminiscent of 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 Larrybane Quarry and Dunluce Castle. The former is notable as the location where Renly Baratheon swears to Catelyn Stark that he will avenge Ned Stark's death, only to meet his own end at the hands of Melisandre's shadow. The latter served as the backdrop for the stronghold of House Greyjoy.
The whole day trip lasts approximately 9.5 hours, and you can expect the coach to have you back in Dublin around 18:30.
Giant's Causeway pictures by Caspar Diederik (@StoryTravelers).
Here is how a typical day on the Giant's Causeway Tour is broken down. All timings (except departure) are approximate, and unforeseen circumstances can cause changes/delays. Always remember to check with the driver about what the day's schedule will entail:
- 08:30: Check-in at the Dublin Visitor Centre, 118 Grafton Street.
- 08:55: Departure from College Green.
- Dunluce Castle (15 min stay).
- Giant’s Causeway (1 hr 45 min stay).
- Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (1 hr stay).
- Larrybane Quarry (25 min stay).
- 18:30: Arrive back in Dublin City Centre.