Six must-see sights at the Giant's Causeway
Planning a day out to the North Coast? No trip would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Giant’s Causeway. As Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, this must-see place has many must-see sights. Immersed in myth and legend, here are some of the top highlights to tick off on this bucket list visit.
1. Grand Causeway
The Grand Causeway is the largest of three rock outcrops which make up the Giant's Causeway. These collections of curious columns contributed to the causeway being designated Northern Ireland's only World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.
2. Giant's Boot
In Port Noffer you'll find a small path leading towards the sea. This takes you to what is perhaps the bay's most famous feature - the Giant's Boot. Apparently lost by Finn as he fled from the wrath of Scottish giant, Benandonner, the boot is reputed to be a size 93.5! At just over 2 metres, it's also the perfect place to stay a socially distanced, giant step apart.
3. Wishing Chair
If you thought the Giant's Causeway couldn't get any more magicial, then take a seat in the famous Wishing Chair. An essential stop on any visit, the Wishing Chair is a natural throne formed from a perfectly arranged set of columns. Some years ago only ladies were permitted to sit in the Wishing Chair. Today it's open to everyone. In fact it has been sat on so often, its basalt stones are shiny, smooth and very comfortable.
4. The Camel
Portnaboe's most famous resident is Finn McCool's camel. Once a living and lively beast, the camel was turned to stone and forlornly lies along the bottom of the cliffs. Apparently he was the only steed capable of carrying Finn home across long distances. The Camel is actually a basaltic dyke, formed from cooling lava which has pushed its way through other layers of rock.
5. Clifftop Trails
Experience a bird's eye view of the Giant's Causeway with the clifftop trails. Boasting undiscovered views, it's a unique way to see the World Heritage Site and explore the stunning north coast of Ireland. With a red, blue, green and yellow trail, there's a route for every ability.
6. Visitor Centre
Officially opened in July 2012, the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre was the result of an international architecture competition. Dublin-based architects heneghan peng won the £18.5 million commission to design the building. The building has won many prestigious awards for design innovation and sustainability. Having racked up your step count on the trails, the cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a tasty treat and the shop is an ideal location to pick up a souvenir of your bucket list visit.