Visit the Giants Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway (Irish: Cloch’n an Aifir or Cloch’n na bhF’mharach ) remains Northern Ireland’s most important tourist attraction, with over 750,000 visitors each year. It is now an UNESCO World Heritage site. It is cared for by the National Trust and has become an icon of tourism and a place of pilgrimage for visitors from right across the world.

The ancient myth that surrounds the Causeway is that of a Celtic giant, Fionn MacCumhail (Finn McCool) who built the Causeway path to bridge the Irish Sea to reach his Scottish rival, Benandonner.

Access to the Causeway is by a tarmac path from the Visitors Centre (with a mini-bus service for the less energetic) or by the cliff-top path with, sensational views along the coast and down to the Causeway. This is reached by the flight of steps 149 of them called the Shepherds Path, descending to sea level.

The full drama of the Causeway is experienced when actually standing on it. Many of its formations and those in the cliffs above have been given names over the years because of their peculiar shapes and what they are said to represent – The Organ, The Honeycomb, The Wishing Chair, Lord Antrim’s Parlour and The Chimney Pots etc.

From the Causeway a lower path runs eastwards along the cliff side. This path, created by the National Trust and worth walking, once came out on the cliff tops at Benbane Head but has since been closed halfway along its length because of a danger of rock-falls.

At the Visitors Centre there is an audio-visual theatre explaining the natural history and cultural heritage of the Causeway Coast, as well as shops, Tourist Information Centre a tearoom and tours. There is a charge for car parking.


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