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Giant's Causeway is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bushmills, Antrim, Northern Ireland that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 597 ft Route type Loop

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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!

National Trust operated car park (see National Trust link below for up-to-date fees). Toilets, Picnic area, Interpretation, National Trust shop & tea room (12 months opening). Guided tours for groups by arrangement.

028 2073 1855

By bus, Causeway Rambler (Ulsterbus No 402) between Bushmills and Carrick-a-Rede runs in the summer; or Ulsterbus No 252 is a circular route via the Antrim Glens from Belfast. Both stop at the Giants Causeway. Parking/getting to the start options: 1. Park in Bushmills (Park n Ride) facilities, anyone using Park and Ride will be charged the green transport visitor experience charge of 7 instead of the standard 8.50 2. Free parking at Bushmills steam railway car park, and walk to Giants Causeway via steam railway line/walkway (2 miles). 3. Free parking at Portballintrae and follow Causeway Coast Way (1.5 miles). 4. Park at steam railway station at Runkerry Road, beside Giants Causeway (0.25 miles). Charge 6 per car. 5. Translink Causeway Coast Rambler Bus (Bushmills stop hourly) 5.90 per adult or 2.95 per child day ticket operating from Coleraine-Portrush-Carrick-a-Rede (inc Giants Causeway stop point). By car, well sign posted c/o the Causeway Coastal Route, both from Bushmills and Ballycastle. On B146 and 2 miles from Bushmills.

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Talal Al-Haddad
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Absolutely magical! but unfortunately it was so crowded when we arrived. I did this part of GOT tour from Belfast.

Megan Cadorin
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Hiking

Absolutely breathtaking! Go early in the morning to avoid crowds.

B L.
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HikingRocky

Great trail, beautiful view! The stairs were a bit tough but there were handrails all the way up alongside them.

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Alison Rose
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Walking

Easy downhill walk on the way in (paved road/sidewalk), with an uphill on the way out (although folks can take a bus down or up if need be). Rocks at the actual causeway can be slick due to water. Beautiful overcast weather without rain on our day here.

John Belbeck
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Hiking

We actually walked high, avoiding the numbers of tourists and walked for 7 -8 kms then walked back. We normally like loops but an out and back does provide a different perspective on views. We had sunshine which helps but still lovely if wet. Highly recommend and it’s easy.

Deb Webster
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Hiking

Highly recommended. Very touristy but well worth the crowds. However if you get there early you can avoid a good majority of the mobs. Be sure to get the audio guide to the walking tour. Very fascinating!

Sarah Sturdy
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Hiking

We were here October 2016 and it was a gorgeous time of year, even with the light drizzle. I would absolutely recommend this area!

Bevy Villanueva
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scenes of natural beauty and gorgeous weather

Alyssa Ramirez
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Mary Spillane
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Fantastic spot

Scott O'Neill
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Hiking

Yeah, it’s touristy but that’s how I got to see this place. Amazing history and an incredibly serene place. Would love to go back here if I ever get the chance.

Lynn Allen
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Hiking

A lot of tourists. Try to go early.

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Be aware that during rainy times some trails can be blocked to protect the public from falling stone due to erosion... how ever the walk on the cliff should be fine and always safe . Amazing spectacular point of views. Even if its very touristic as soon as you start to hike around it gets better as people usually just checks out the main rocks at the entrance.

Andre Girard
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Sadly too crowded, but well worth the view. Bring warm clothes because the whether change rapidly, high winds coming from North sea. Really nice spot.

GIulia Marino
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, and worth it to get away from the crowds. Be careful in the rain- steps can be slippery!

Christine Lockhart
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little walk with huge views.

Amanda Schaade
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Walking

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.

Dan Jack
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Hiking

Amazing geological formations!

Katarina O'Dette
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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.

Christopher Newell
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Emma M.
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Brittany Byrne
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Amber Downey
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Rosie Mc Gettigan
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Chris A.
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Adriana Varela
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