Welcome to a world where legend, history, and scenic beauty converge. And Fáilte Tours has just what you need to make the most out of your trip.

Things To Do In Belfast

Northern Ireland tours from Belfast usually start from a central spot like Donegall Square East. Easy to get to, and also has the impressive City Hall – the civic heart of the area, also celebrated for its Edwardian architecture.

Next up is Titanic Belfast shipyard, birthplace of the legendary RMS Titanic. A tour here is safer than taking a submersible to the depths of the ocean, right. Not far off is the HMS Caroline, a World War I veteran now serving as a floating museum. 

Add a trip to Ulster Museum to your plans. It’s in the lush Botanic Gardens, complete with natural history and fine arts exhibits. This is also the setting of Palm House, a striking piece of Victorian glasshouse architecture— where you can also enjoy a relaxing stroll or a picnic. And let’s not forget the Grand Opera House, where you can catch some performances, including musicals and drama. 

Giant’s Causeway, For Rocks and Folklore

Some 60 million years ago, intense volcanic activity resulted in around 40,000 basalt columns on the Antrim coast. The cooling lava contracted and cracked into mostly hexagonal columns, creating the semblance of a stepping-stone path leading into the sea​​. Eons later, families were telling stories about it around fires, late into the night. These were passed down generations. Fast forward to today, Giant’s Causeway is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One popular legend is of the Irish giant, Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool). He is said to have built the causeway to confront his Scottish rival, Benandonner – challenging and then cleverly dodging a fight with the bigger giant. A classic example of the mix of bravery and wit found in many Celtic myths. Some of the formations that add to that ‘mythical aura’ are the The Giant’s Boot, the Wishing Chair, and the Giant’s Organ. You’ve just got to be there to see why.

Several paths take you around the coastline and columns. The Green Trail works for almost everyone, while the Blue and Red Trails give you a closer look if you’re up for a more challenging hike​​.

Additional Attractions & Notable Stops

  • Dark Hedges: Made famous by the “Game of Thrones” series, the Dark Hedges is a beautiful avenue of beech trees planted in the 18th century. The avenue leads to the historic Gracehill House. Hint: have this on your notes for best Instaworthy spots. There is a reason why it is thronged by photographers from all walks of life.
  • Dunluce Castle: This is a ruin perched on the dramatic coastal cliffs of County Antrim. Built in the 1500s, it was ground zero for some really heated feuds between rival clans. These were stocked by different issues, ranging from politics to romance.
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge: Originally erected by salmon fishermen, the bridge spans 20 meters and hangs over 30 meters above the rocks below – stretching from the mainland to the tiny island. Crossing it is not exactly easy for those scared of heights. Don’t worry though – the bridge also been around for over 350 years, so at least you can be sure it won’t give way under you.

What to Bring

  • Appropriate Footwear: The terrain at the Giant’s Causeway is rugged and uneven. Get yourself a pair of comfortable, flat shoes with good grip. Keeping on losing your footing along the trails can mess up your trip.
  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing: The weather can be quite variable, so layered clothing is recommended. Given the often windy and wet conditions of the coast, it’s a good idea to bring along a jacket.
  • Sun Protection: Even on cloudy days, don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect against UV rays.

Extra Tips

Hellos and thank-yous go a long way with the locals here since they are pretty friendly. Go ahead and strike up some conversations with them ​on your Giants Causeway tour from Dublin – get some more first-hand account of the area’s culture. However, remember that there are individuals harbouring deep wounds from the country’s past. Don’t go lighting political fires. Avoid sensitive topics unless they bring them up themselves.