Welcome to Rathlin Island
Rugged Rathlin Island sits 6km offshore from Ballycastle. An L-shaped island just 6.5km long and 4km wide, Rathlin is home to hundreds of seals and thousands of nesting seabirds in spring and summer. Scottish hero Robert the Bruce spent time here in 1306 while hiding out after being defeated by the English king. Watching a spider's resoluteness in repeatedly trying to spin a web gave him the courage to have another... Read More
Top experiences in Rathlin Island
Rathlin Island activities
Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Day Trip from Dublin
Meet your guide in central Dublin in early morning to start your trek to Belfast where you will spend approximately 45 minutes. Belfast has a very compact city center as a legacy of the Troubles. The next stop, the Dark Hedges, will be a 10-15 minute stop. The Dark Hedges, made famous as a filming location of the hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, were planted 270 years ago by the Stuart family as a driveway to their mansion Gracehill Manor. The most photographed natural phenomenon in Northern Ireland.Next, you will make a quick 5-minute photo stop at arguably some of the most picturesque ruins in all of Ireland, Dunluce Castle. This is the type of location that makes even a picture taken on your smartphone look like a pictures taken by a professional.Then you'll get to experience the beautiful location of Giant's Causeway for at least 1.5 hours. This must-see World Heritage Site is Northern Ireland's most popular visitor attraction, and for good reason. Magnificent seascape and of course the awe-inspiring hexagonal/polygonal stone columns that form the legendary causeway itself, some of which reach 40 feet into the air. The Giant’s Causeway was declared a world heritage site in 1986. Here you can have a sit down lunch if you prefer. The extra lunch stop time is added into the Causeway stop.The brave will have the opportunity to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (crossing fee not included; £5.50 to be paid on the day; National Trust members go free). Carrick-a-Rede is an abandoned fishing island located just a few miles from the Giant’s Causeway. This 90-ft deep, 60-ft wide chasm is traversed by a traditionally built rope bridge which rewards the daring visitor with arguably the best views in the country. Spend approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes there.We then get back on the coastal route and go through beautiful coastal towns like Ballycastle and Cushendun where you will enjoy fantastic view of islands just of the coast like Sheep Island, Rathlin Island or maybe even a glimpse of Scotland. After that, we will stop for 20 minutes at the closest point between Ireland and Scotland, Cushendun, which is also the last stop before returning to Belfast. The guide will tell you the story of the statue of Johann the Goat.Another unique part of the tour will be going across the Glens of Antrim with amazing panoramic views, instead of driving around them, on the way back to Belfast. Return to Dublin at approximately 8:30pm.
Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast
Explore the world famous Antrim Coast and UNESCO listed Giants Causeway free from the crowds and the queues. Geologically the Giants Causeway is a volcanic formation, basalt columns which naturally take the form of hexagons.Visually, it is a stunning array of hexagonal rocks so regular they seem manufactured, rising and falling along the sea coast. The exact same formations appear directly across the North Sea in Scotland, and from this geological constancy comes a legend of ancient rivalries and Irish cunning.Travel inland straight to the Causeway Coast. Then arrive at Dunluce Castle (stunnning 14th century ruins, photostop). Visit Bushmills Whiskey Distillery (the oldest licensed distillery in the world, 30 minutes). Arrive at the Giants Causeway site (decribed by many as the 8th wonder of the world 2 hour stop). Carrick a Rede rope bridge (Stunning views of Rathlin Island and Scotland if you're brave enough to cross, 80 minute stop). Travel along the scenic Antrim Coast Road (described as one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world). Carnlough, a beautiful, quaint fishing village located on the coastal route (30 minutes comfort stop), return to Belfast approx 6pm.
Giant's Causeway Day Tour From Dublin
On this day tour, you will enjoy a full-day scenic tour to the basalt rocks of the Giant’s Causeway. Formed more than 60 million years ago, the legend of the rocks features an Irish giant named Finn who was challenged to bridge the sea between Ireland and Scotland.The tour departs from Dublin, stroll along the windswept path of County Antrim on arrival, and get panoramic views of the Mull of Kintyre and Rathlin Island. Continue along the coastal road, and enjoy wonderful views of Whitepark Bay and Portbradden.It is then time to explore the 37,000 basalt “stepping stone” columns of the Giant’s Causeway. Towering from the cliff, and disappearing under the sea to reappear on Straffe Island, learn the legend of Finn before driving along the Causeway Coastal route between Ballycastle and Dunluce to experience one of the most dramatic roads in the world.See wind-blasted cliffs and unspoiled beaches of Northern Ireland. Stop at Dunluce Castle to tour the former residence of the McDonnell clan, considered by many to be the most romantic castle in Ireland. En route, pass through a town famed for its fantastic whisky, Bushmills. End with an orientation tour of Belfast city center, including City Hall, Victoria Square, and the famous Titanic Dry Dock, where the famous ocean liner was built.
Giant's Causeway Tour from Belfast
Fully-Guided Giants Causeway Day Tour with Game of Thrones locations Sights include:Carrickfergus CastleCarrick-a-Rede Rope BridgeGiants Causeway Lunch stopDark Hedges "Kings Road Game of Thrones location" Plus much much moreGame of Thrones Sites:Magheramourne Quarry (Castle Black first seen in episode 103 "Lord Snow")Larrybane Quarry (King Renly and Queen Margaery meet Catelyn Stark - Season 2)Carnlough Village (Arya Stark swims in the harbour - Season 6)The Dark Hedges (Kings Road, Arya's Escape - Season 2)Your tour will depart from Belfast on a guided journey that you will remember for a lifetime, taking in the spectacular natural beauty that is the Antrim Coastal Road.Shortly after embarking, our first stop will be at Carrickfergus Castle. This 12th century Norman castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Ireland. Besieged by the Scots, Irish and the French, the castle is steeped in history and is where King William III first set foot in Ireland in 1690. We will then travel the entire coastal route along the Antrim coast road and you will be able to marvel at the breath-taking views of the Glens of Antrim whilst also having time to sample the scenic delights and idyllic charm of the quaint little towns and villages you will be passing through, including the following: Glenarm, Carnlough, Cushendall and Ballycastle, the home to the one and only 400 year old ‘Oul Lammas Fair’. The next stop will be at the Carrick-a-Rede ropebridge with its death defying 100ft drop with crashing waves and views across to Rathlin island and Scotland the Mull of Kintyre (cross at your own risk, weather permitting, at own expense) 1km walk.We then travel on a short journey through Ballintoy to the Giants Causeway. There will then be a lunch stop at Giant's Barn for 30 minutes (own expense). You can bring your own lunch. Then we will visit the main attraction of the day and the mythical wonder that is the ‘Giants Causeway‘. The Giants Causeway is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of life’s must-see geological phenomenon often called the 8th wonder of the world. Follow in the footsteps of the giants of Irish folklore, Finn MacCool and Benandonner, and stand on the hexagonal shaped stones (which are estimated to be a staggering 62-65 million years old) whilst also enjoying the awe inspiring and majestic views. Can you spot the Giants Chair or the Giants organ Carved into the basalt rocks? Choose which path you take to the Causeway, or if you don't wish to walk, use the shuttle bus (small charge).After the Causeway we will visit 'The Dark Hedges' used in the Game of Thrones television series "The Kings Road".We will then travel inland back to Belfast returning at 6.30 to 7.30pm depending on season. If you have a flight from the international airport, we can arrange a taxi to the airport before the time we would arrive in Belfast.