Walking

Walking trail

Giant's Causeway Blue Trail

Walking trail

The Blue Trail at the Giant's Causeway has the most footfall of all the causeway trails as it leads directly to the world-famous stones. There's the option to extend this trail by linking up with the Red Trail and continuing on around the bay.

Basalt columns at Giant's Causeway, Co Antrim

Map

Route map for the Giant's Causeway Blue Trail

Start:

Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre, car park 1 - grid reference NW2918297863

1

Park in car park 1. If you're travelling through the Visitor Centre, proceed to the back of the centre and exit through the rear doors. You can also walk up the incline and over the grass roof, descending the steps to come out at the rear of the Visitor Centre.

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2

Follow the kerb stone footpath eastward. On your right will be the sheer dramatic cliff face, and on the left, the wild North Atlantic Ocean.

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3

Follow the kerbstone footpath eastward. After Route Highlight 2, you will turn a sharp corner called Windy Gap. From here the causeway stone outcrop will be visible in the distance beyond the bay.

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4

The formal kerbstone path will become a hard core gravel surface just before the causeway stones outcrop. Look for the gap in the rocks beyond the tarmac bus drop-off point and follow this path. You're always moving in an eastward direction.

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End:

Giant's Boot

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Giant's Causeway Blue Trail

Terrain

Formal hardcore footpath with kerb stones, steep gradient in places, some rest stops with seats. 
 
Please be aware that a bus also travels this route; pedestrians must stay on the path when the bus is in operation. There are also occasional rock falls along the route. The causeway stones can be slippery and dangerous when wet - always heed the advice of our rangers. 
Giant's Causeway Blue Trail

Contact us

Telephone: 028 2073 1855

Email: giantscausewaytic@gmail.com

Giant's Causeway Blue Trail

How to get here

Address
Giant's Causeway, 60 Causeway Road, Bushmills
By train

Regular train services operate from Belfast or Londonderry to Coleraine, then change to bus connection Ulsterbus Service 172. See Translink for more information.

By road
The Giant's Causeway and Visitor Centre is located on the B147 Causeway road. It is 2 miles (3 km) from Bushmills village, 11 miles (18 km) from Coleraine and 13 miles (21 km) from Ballycastle. Onsite parking is reserved for visitors arriving to participate in the Visitor Experience. You can park in Bushmills and take the Translink public bus service to the nearby bus stop and walk onsite.
By foot
To walk onsite to the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre and Causeway Hotel, you can park in the nearby seaside village of Portballintrae and walk part of the Causeway Coast Way, (called the Yellow Trail on our maps) and then the Green Trail, leading to Car Park 1 (at front of hotel). From here you can walk along the grass roof and descend the steps to the Blue Trail, or pass through the tunnel to the side of the Visitor Centre. Wheelchair users who are patrons of the Causeway Hotel are entitled to use one of the designated parking bays at the hotel, however in line with elsewhere, disabled parking is not free of charge for non-patrons.
By bus

Regular service available, some services are seasonal. Ulsterbus Service 172; Goldline Service 221; Causeway Rambler Service 402; Open Top Causeway Coast Service 177; Antrim Coaster Service 252. For further details visit Translink.

By bicycle
The Causeway Coast Cycle Route takes in Causeway Road, which leads to the Visitor Centre. Cyclists can use bike rails beside the Causeway Hotel and access the Blue Trail by passing along the grass roof and down steps to the rear, or going through the tunnel beside the Visitor Centre.
Giant's Causeway Blue Trail

Facilities and access

  • External public toilets at 'groups' entrance (open during Visitor Centre opening hours)
  • Tourist Information
  • McConaghy's Souvenir Shop
  • The Nook Bar & Restaurant
  • The Causeway Hotel