Excursion

Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Distillery

This full-day adventure highlights one of the area’s most compelling sights, the Giant’s Causeway. For a complete Irish experience, you will also sip whiskey at Bushmills Distillery, admire the picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle and see the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

  • Code
    BLF-O
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    Adventures
  • Age
    8 & above
  • Duration
    Approximately 8½-9 hours

Your exciting day begins at the pier, where you will board your motor coach and head for a photo stop at Dunluce Castle. Built in the 14th century, the castle stands at the edge of a cliff with the Atlantic Ocean churning below. 

Proceed next to the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, Old Bushmills. Granted its license in 1608 by King James I, the distillery has continuously produced whiskey for over 400 years. 

During your guided tour, discover the secrets of crafting the renowned whiskey, involving special water from St. Columb’s Rill, malted Irish barley, triple distillation in copper stills and aging for many years in oak casks. Of course, no visit would be complete without enjoying a complimentary glass of the final product.

After a satisfying lunch, visit the amazing Giant’s Causeway. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the causeway consists of 40,000 stone columns, mostly hexagonal, created millions of years ago by the cooling of molten lava. Another story of the causeway’s formation is a bit more fanciful. Legend has it that the Irish Giant, Finn McCool, constructed the causeway so he could cross the sea to Scotland and reunite with his lady love.

The summer of 2012 marked the opening of the new Visitor Center at the Giant’s Causeway. This new interpretative Center allows you to decide for yourself which explanation of how the causeway’s 40,000 basalt stones were formed is most likely (or simply most interesting!) Stories about the area’s rich mythology, history, geology, flora and fauna will paint the Causeway in your mind’s eye before you make your way to the stones themselves.

Climb onto the Causeway Coaster minibus that will take you to the causeway.

After marveling at the striking shape and uniformity of the causeway’s natural stone columns, begin your return journey to Belfast. Admire the lovely scenery, ranging from rugged cliffs to the magical beauty of the coastline, as you wind your way to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge viewing point. Spanning a chasm some 80 feet deep, the bridge connects a small island with the coast. The bridge once consisted only of a single-rope handrail and widely spaced slats, which fishermen crossed to ferry their catch between the island and mainland.

Take pictures of the bridge and surrounding landscape from your spectacular vantage point before continuing to your Crystal ship, where your memorable excursion concludes.

Important Notes:
Guests must be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in the whiskey tasting. Children under 8 years old are welcome on site; however, for safety reasons they are not permitted to join tours. Although guests will have the opportunity to photograph the rope bridge from the viewing point above, you will not be able to walk across it. As this excursion involves extensive walking and some stair climbing, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. The Distillery may not always be viewed in a full operational capacity due to varying cycles of production. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.