Giant's Causeway, Ulster
Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
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Ancient and unique north coast of Northern Ireland
Did you know? The Giant's Causeway is made up of 40,000 black basalt columns jutting out of the ocean. The tallest are about 40 feet.
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Northern Ireland’s number-one attraction, the Giant’s Causeway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) were formed around 62 million years ago featuring approximately 40,000 hexagonal columns. The fascinating patterns you see in the causeway stones formed as a result of the red-hot lava crystallizing under conditions of accelerated cooling when it came into immediate contact with water. But the legend says an Irish giant, Fionn mac Cumhaill built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his enemy Benandonner. You can walk upon the stones of this natural wonder on two of well-established footpaths and enjoy the view of its surroundings on a boat trip.

Activities in Northern Irish Coast

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
For more than 300 years a rope bridge has provided the only form of access to Carrick-a-Rede island for local fishermen. It has now become one of Northern Ireland's best-loved attractions! Cross this 30-metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm and enjoy the uninterrupted views of Rathlin and the Scottish islands with this amazing cliff-top experience.

DunluceDunluce Castle
Dunluce Castle is a medieval castle dating back to the early Christians and the Vikings. This site of historic battles is set in breath-taking scenery along the North Antrim coast, 100 feet above the ocean on a panicle of basalt rock, and isolated from the coast by a 20-foot chasm. Over the years many changes and additions have occurred to the original structure - inside you will find Norman, Scottish, English and European architectural influences.  Although the medieval castle is now a ruin, it still has partial remains of its round corner towers and outer wall.  In 1639, during the time of Randal McDonald, the kitchen of Dunluce castle did fall in to the sea taking with it the cooking staff.  Legend has it that out of all the kitchen staff, only one boy survived in a corner of the vanished room!

Causeway Visitor Experience

2012 saw the opening of a brand new visitor experience at the Causeway coast. Though entrance to the stones themselves are free via the footpath, the eco-friendly and unique new centre provides a new way to experience the stones and understand just what it is you are seeing. The interactive exhibit demonstrates the way in which the causeway was created (for those who don't believe it was an actual Giant's Causeway!) and is a must do attraction for everyone visiting the area.

What's nearby to North Coast?

Portstewart Beach
Between Portstewart and the mouth of the River Bann lies the golden sands of Portstewart Strand. Holding the Seaside and Blue Flag awards, Portstewart provides a great beach location, and offers plenty of activities to suit everyone, from water activities such as surfing and swimming to land-based pursuits such as horse riding and walking.

Barmouth Wildlife reserve
Not far from Portstewart, you will find the Barmouth Wildlife reserve which is an area of natural beauty and scientific interest.  This reserve is an attractive habitat to migrant waterfowl, waders and nesting birds throughout the year and makes it an ideal place for bird watching. 

In Portrush you can enjoy more sandy beaches as well as visit the famous Dunluce Castle.  Portrush is close to both the Giant’s Causeway and the famous Bushmills Whiskey Distillery.  Once just a small fishing village, it is now a bustling seaside town with superb restaurants, clubs, quality hotels and family entertainment venues providing the perfect base for a family vacation in Northern Ireland or to explore the surrounding region.  
Bushmills Distillery
Proud of its 400 year heritage and its five award-winning whiskeys, the Bushmills Distillery is the oldest official working distillery in the world. Situated in County Antrim, you can watch whiskey making take place and enjoy a little taster too.

Ballycastle is a picturesque little harbour town situated on the most north-easterly tip of county Antrim surrounded with breath-taking beauty and steeped in cultural history. It is famous for being the home of the Ould Lammas Fair, one of the oldest fairs in Ireland and has been held without interruption for more than three centuries. It takes place every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of August
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