Giant's Causeway is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bushmills, NIR that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.
A walk out to the fantastic Giant's Causeway. If you continue along the trail, you'll get wonderful views of the Antrim Coast and a look down on the Causeway from above. From the visitor centre, follow a tarred roadway & footpath which descends down a steep slope, until you arrive at The Stookans or Windy Gap, as locals refer to it evident as here the walker is exposed to the wild Atlantic elements. From here continue along the tarred roadway (always taking care to mind the popular tourist shuttle bus service) and quickly the first signs of the hexagonal causeway stones will appear. The Giants Causeway is made up of 3 promontories the Little Causeway (1st feature the walker meets), the Middle Causeway (better known as the Honeycomb) which has spectacularly precise hexagonal features, followed by the The Grand Causeway. In this immediate area, evocative place names & features abound Wishing Chair, Wishing Well & Giants Gate (all connected with Finn MacCool folklore). Many tourists on strict time operator deadlines, rarely go beyond the stones, but for this walk negotiate the Giants Gate & proceed into Port Noffer (The bay of the giant). Here a different world exists, with marginally more sheltered conditions allowing more diverse maritime meadows & saltmarsh vegetation to establish. Cast an eye for Sea aster, Yellow iris & other rich plant life. Meadow pipits & many warblers in summer can be found with sedge warblers & grasshopper warbler not uncommon. And high amongst the crags the dominant birds are nesting fulmars, and an occasional lone pair of ravens. Passing the Giants Boot, climb up the slope to what looks like a giant church organ (in geological terms huge columns of basalt make the organ pipes, hence the local name of The Organ. From here the cliff path continues past The Organ for another 400 yards to the headland. At the point of the headland, there is a viewing platform which looks into the spectacularly named Amphitheatre. Here all manner of lava flows can be observed, as well as the dynamic nature of the cliffs. Look for the Giants Harp & Eyes? At this point the cliff path is closed off for safety reasons, due to unstable cliffs (a number of significant rockfalls occurred here in 1994). From here, return to The Organ, and instead of retracing your steps to the stones climb the steep path, with lots & lots of steps. Known as the Shepherds Path, these 162 steps will take you to the cliff top & on to the North Antrim Cliff Path. At the top of the steps, turn right and after half a mile you will be back at the visitor centre & car park You may even have earned a Finn MacCool Steak at the Causeway Hotel for your efforts at completing this iconic Irish walk!
Beautiful hike, and worth it to get away from the crowds. Be careful in the rain- steps can be slippery!
little walk with huge views.
Beautiful views from the top of the cliff. The lower trail is littered with tourists but if you take the higher trail further you can get away from all that.
Amazing geological formations!
The Giant's Causeway is well-worth seeing (and you don't have to pay the admission fee if you just walk straight past the visitors' centre). Walk on the rocks and really appreciate how incredibly weird they are. I highly recommend continuing on the trail. The 162 steps may seem like a lot, but you get a great view of the coast and you'll get to see the Causeway from directly above.