We were on a tight timeline, but our driver got us to the Giant's Causeway, with adequate time to hike up and back, saw the rope bridge and was able to stop and take pictures at the Dark Hedges, and return to the ship in time. We had to wait for some of the people to board the bus, but they were caught up in the debacle leaving the ship, so we took off without them...
Very nice walk down to the rocks. Weather was still wet, but less than Dublin so it was enjoyable. Our taxi driver told us we need not enter the building to see the rocks, so we avoided the fee by walking through the tunnel. Apparently the fee is only for the exhibition in the building and nothing is charge to visit the rocks.
We booked with Princess b/c the independent tours were already sold out. The bus ride was fine. We were really looking forward to going to the Causeway. We had plenty of time to walk around and explore and take photos. Skip the 9.5 hour tour. We took the shorter one and people we talked to on the longer one complained at the length.
Also excellent tour. It is a long way to Giants Causeway but we also stopped at Carrickfergus Castle along the way.The driver did drive us for a short but meaningful tour around Belfast on our way back to the ship and gave us a brief history as we drove by some amazing murals.
We were picked up @ the dock upon arrival (noon) and drove to Belfast city for a tour then on to Giant's Causeway where we spent some time exploring. The scenery along the way was beautiful. Highly recommend. http://www.elegantirishtours.com/#_=_
Giant’s Causeway is National Heritage Site with 40,000 basalt columns from ancient volcano eruptions 60 million years old. I see why it is ranked alongside Mt Everest & Giant Redwoods because it is spectacular. The hexagonal stones and the pillars -- how in the world did that occur!
Did ODESSEY BUS TOURS. 30 feet on left off the ship. Outstanding Tour. Probably best day of Cruise. Giant's Causeway amazing, Dunluce Castle, Rope Bridge, Antrim Coast drive, and brief tour of Belfast at the end - OUTSTANDING in all respects. Bus Driver & Tour Guide very personable, friendly, informative, and entertaining. Great job at 25 BPS apiece...real value!
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