Giant's Causeway: six must-see sights

Couple standing on the Giant's Causeway watching the sunset

No trip to the Giant’s Causeway would be complete without experiencing these top six must-sees. Make sure you tick them off your list when you visit the Giant’s Causeway.

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. 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.
 

3. 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!
 

4. Wishing Chair

An essential stop on any visit to the causeway, the Wishing Chair is a natural throne formed from a perfectly arranged set of columns. It has been sat on so often, the basalt stones are shiny, smooth and very comfortable!
 
Did you know... some years ago only ladies were permitted to sit in the Wishing Chair?
 

5. 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.
 

6. Shepherd's Steps

Made up of 167 steep steps, the Shepherd's Steps are not for the faint of heart. They are best experienced descending from the Red Trail along the clifftop.