Welcome to Rathlin Island


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 go at the English, whom he subsequently defeated at Bannockburn. The cave where he is said to have stayed is beneath the East Lighthouse, at the northeastern tip of the island.


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Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Tour from Dublin

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern IrelandThe Dark Hedges were planted 270 years ago by the Stuart family as a driveway to their mansion Gracehill Manor. It is now the most photographed natural phenomenon in Northern Ireland.Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern IrelandThe Bushmills Distillery is the oldest working distillery on the beautiful North Coast. Our guide will share with you historic information about whiskey making in Ireland and Scotland.Stop At: Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern IrelandThis 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 (12 meters) into the air. The Giant’s Causeway was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Dunluce Castle, Portrush, County Antrim, Northern IrelandEnjoy a photo stop at the beautiful Dunluce Castle. This 13 century castle ruin is known as the nicest photo opportunity of all castles in Ireland and will make any amateur photographer look like a profesional photographer. Please note the tour will include this stop only from 11th of April until the 1st of September.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern IrelandCarrick­a­Rede is an abandoned fishing island located just a few miles from the Giant’s Causeway. This 90 ­feet deep chasm is traversed by a traditionally built rope bridge which rewards the daring visitor with arguably the best views in the country. When the weather is nice and the bridge is open, you can cross the Rope Bridge for free!Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesPass By: Glens of Antrim, County Antrim, Northern IrelandAnother 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.Stop At: City Hall, Belfast, Northern IrelandYou will spend approximately 1 hour in Belfast. Belfast has a very compact city centre as a legacy of the Troubles, also known internationally as the Northern Ireland conflict. Visit the Crown bar, Big Fish, Albert’s Clock and many more attractions in the city centre while you do some shopping or buy snacks for your way back to Dublin.Duration: 1 hour

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Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Day Trip from Belfast

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern IrelandYou'll have chance to stop along the way to admire the  Dark Hedges, a key filming location for hit TV series Game of Thrones, for 10 - 15 minutes. The trees were planted 270 years ago by the Stuart family as a driveway to their Gracehill Manor. It is now very well known to amateur photographers.  Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern IrelandEnjoy around 1.5 hours to marvel at the spectacular landscapes at the  Giant's Causeway, made up of some 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. It has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world. You will see why once you have visited the place. This is one of the world's greatest natural attractions. According to mythology, Finn built the Causeway as stepping stones to cross the Irish sea in order to battle Benandonner, a Scottish giant. Although a giant himself, when Finn reached Scotland he saw that Benandonner was almost twice his size, and immediately retreated with his rival in pursuit. Finn’s wife disguised him as a baby, and on seeing the child, Benandonner fled home fearing how enormous it’s father must be.  Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern IrelandContinue along the coast to the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, a 66-foot (20-meter) long bridge that crosses the Atlantic Ocean, linking the mainland to the Carrick-a-rede Island. You'll have around 1 hour and 20 minutes to explore, which is plenty of time to brave the bridge crossing or hike along the coast, enjoying views of nearby Sheep Island and the Mull of Kintyre. You will be able to cross the bridge for free if the weather is nice and the bridge is open on the day. Duration: 1 hour 20 minutesStop At: Dunluce Castle, Portrush, County Antrim, Northern IrelandEnjoy a photo stop at the beautiful Dunluce Castle. These Castle ruins are famous for being the best castle ruins in Ireland to photograph. Making the average amateur photographer look like a profesional. The tour will include this stop only from the 12th of April until the 1st of September.Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Ballycastle Beach, Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern IrelandWe will be driving along the famous  coastal route and go through beautiful coastal towns like Ballycastle where you will enjoy a fantastic view of islands just off the coast like Sheep Island, Rathlin Island and maybe even a glimpse of Scotland. 

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Giant's Causeway Tour including Game of Thrones Sites from Belfast

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Giants Causeway Tours, Belfast, Northern IrelandShort Photo StopDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesPass By: Antrim Coast Road, County Antrim, Northern IrelandWe will be travelling along the fantastic Antrim coast road with the Irish sea on our right and the Glens of Antrim on the left of the coach. Pass By: Glens of Antrim, County Antrim, Northern IrelandWe will be passing the spectacular Glens of Antrim and even climbing Glencorp And crossing the Glen Dun Bridge before climbing to the top of GlenDun and then descending into the town of Ballycastle Stop At: Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern IrelandWe will be stopping at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (additional cost to cross the rope bridge) or visit the old quarry of Larrybane which was featured in HBO’s Series Game of Thrones throughout season two as it was used for Renly Baratheon’s camp. Duration: 1 hour 20 minutesStop At: Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern IrelandThe highlight of the day is our stop to the giants causeway its self where you will be able to walk across the stones themselves.Visitors Centre price is not included.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern IrelandOur last stop of the day before returning to Belfast is a stop at the amazing Dark Hedges. Duration: 20 minutes

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Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Dublin

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Paddywagon Tours, Dublin, County DublinWe depart from Dublin and travel North, crossing the border and arriving to Northern Ireland. A brief comfort stop on the way will ensure you arrived refreshed and ready for a great day of sightseeing.Pass By: Glens of Antrim, County Antrim, Northern IrelandOn our way towards the North Coast, we enjoy a scenic drive through some of the Glens of Antrim. This area has been named as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy a panoramic drive admiring the valleys, and lovely countryside of County Antrim.Stop At: The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern IrelandWe visit the most popular natural phenomena in Northern Ireland, the Dark Hedges. The trees were planted in the 18th century by the Stuart family to impress their guests upon arrival to their house. Most of you will recognize the Dark Hedges as King's Road from the hit TV series Game of Thrones. It is a wonderful photo-stop and an opportunity to be a part of a real life set!Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Causeway Coastal Route, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern IrelandWe make our way to the Causeway Coast where we can see fine views of Rathlin Island, and on a clear day we may even see the Scottish coast 13 miles away. The views along this coastline are spectacular, no wonder it is one of the most visited destinations in Europe!Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern IrelandThe Rope bridge at Carrick-A-Rede is situated near the charming village of Ballintoy. Those that wish to cross the bridge can do so for a discounted price, and the charges for crossing the bridge go to support the National trust which is the charity that is responsible for the upkeep of the bridge. Those that do not wish to cross the bridge, can use the time to take an enjoyable coastal walk or visit the charming tea-rooms on the site. Please note: the bridge is a 1km walk from the car park, on an uneven path, so walking all the way to the bridge may not be practical for everyone.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern IrelandThe Giant's Causeway is the highlight of this trip for most! Built by the Irish giant Fionn and his Scottish rival Angus, it is a real masterpiece formed of perfectly shaped hexagonal columns. Your tour guide shall tell you more about the Causeway, and the legends of the area. - WE INCLUDE ADMISSION TO THE CAUSEWAY VISITOR'S CENTER, OTHER COMPANIES DO NOT (value GBP 8)- We provide you with an admission ticket to the interpretative center, enhancing your experience at the Causeway! The path to the causeway stones starts behind the center, it is only 10 mins walk! For a small fare there is a mobility bus that can bring you all the way down the path to the Causeway, for those with walking difficulties.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Dunluce Castle, Portrush, County Antrim, Northern IrelandWe arrive at one of the most dramatic castle ruins in the world for a photo-stop, prepare to be amazed at the way this old castle hangs over the edge of the cliffs. Part of the Dunluce Castle fell into the sea in the 1600's, and some servants died in the tragedy. Since that time, it is believed to be haunted by the unfortunate servants. Take some impressive photos before we leave the coast and make our way to Belfast.Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Paddywagon ToursWe relax as we make our way back to Dublin via the motorway, and expect to return to Dublin at approx 8.30 pm after a fun-filled day!

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Giants Causeway and Game of Thrones Sites Tour from Belfast

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern IrelandLeaving central Belfast in the morning, the first official stop is the Dark Hedges (around 20 minutes), known as the location where Arya Stark made her escape down The Kings Road. Journey down the tunnel-­like avenue of intertwined beech trees, and spend a few minutes at the site where Ayra Stark dressed as a boy to escape from King’s Landing.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Dunluce Castle, Portrush, County Antrim, Northern IrelandEnjoy a photo stop at the beautiful Dunluce Castle. This 13 century castle ruin is known as the nicest photo opportunity of all castles in Ireland and will make any amateur photographer look like a professional photographer. Please note the tour will include this stop only from 11th of April 2019 until the 1st of September 2019Duration: 10 minutesPass By: Causeway Coastal Route, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern IrelandWe will then take you back to the Causeway coastal route. Enjoy the beautiful view of islands just off the coast like Rathlin Island, Sheep Island or even Scotland on a nice day.Stop At: Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern IrelandStop at the Giant's Causeway (around 1 hour 30 minutes). Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with ample time for discovery. Continue to the Giant's Causeway to enjoy around 1.5 hours exploring the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the place and hear the legend of Finn McCool. The Causeway consists of 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Ballintoy Harbour, Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern IrelandOnward to Ballintoy Harbour (where you will get around one hour) to enjoy one of our favourite filming locations on this tour. Experience the scene where Theon comes home for the first time. Your guide will show you where Theon was baptised in front of Balon and Yara, and where Euron was drowned and crowned to be king. The directors of Game of Thrones® used this site extensively to film. Enjoy the most beautiful harbour in Ireland and take in the views and reflect on all the magic and mystery of Game of Thrones®.Please note that from 11 April 2019 to 1 September 2019 we will not be stopping here as we are including the Game of Thrones Touring Exhibition instead.Duration: 1 hourStop At: TEC BelfastGAME OF THRONES™ TOURING EXHIBITION, for this summer only.The dramatic exhibition combines costumes, authentic props and majestic settings from all seven seasons to create an interactive and immersive Game of Thrones™ experience like no other.Starting from 11 April 2019 and ending on 1 September 2019.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Giant's Causeway, Glens of Antrim, N. Ireland Tour from Dublin

07:30: You will depart Dublin and begin our journey northward through the beautiful countryside. During our journey to Northern Ireland, you will be able to take a comfort break where you can enjoy some light refreshments before continuing on along the route. Our state-of-the-art Mercedes- Benz tour vehicle will seat no more than 16 passengers for maximum comfort.Once you cross the border into Northern Ireland, you will venture through the scenic glacier-carved landscape known as the Glens of Antrim. You will have the opportunity to view beautiful mountains, rollings hills, and magnificent coastal views of Rathlin Island and the Shore’s of Scotland.Giant’s CausewayOne of nature's most breathtaking sights, the causeway is made up of 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns that were created by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. However, legend has it that the Giant’s Causeway was used by legendary Irishman, Finn McCool, during his journey to fight the Scottish giant, Benandonner, and steal the most beautiful girl in all of the highlands. After viewing this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will have time to stop for lunch where you can savor some local cuisine. With two hours and thirty minutes dedicated to the Causeway, you will have plenty of time to eat and experience this natural wonder.BelfastWhile in Northern Ireland’s capital you will have two hours to enjoy one of these two options, costs included;A) The legendary ocean liner RMS Titanic was built here in Belfast’s docklands, which used to be the leading manufacturer of ships in the world. In order to commemorate the loss of the notorious cruise liner they have created the Titanic Experience. Opened on the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking, the exhibition brings to life the 40,000 workers who built the famed vessel and unveils unseen details of the Titanic’s tragic sinking on her maiden voyage in 1912. You will have the opportunity to experience original artifacts and virtual reality exhibits while exploring one of Belfast’s most famed attractions.B) Belfast’s neighbourhoods are painted with infamous political murals and the prominent peace walls that are remnants and reminders of the conflict known as the Troubles (1969-1998). You will have the option to take a Black Taxi Tour of these neighborhoods where you can discover the dark history that lies behind these painting. The Black Taxi Tour guides are leading experts on the Troubles and are the perfect tour for those wanting to learn more about Ireland’s history.Return to DublinYou will depart Belfast and make our way back to Dublin where will arrive at approximately 19:30 after an awe- inspiring day. Choose to drop- off either in downtown Dublin or at the same hotel you were collected from.