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Visitors walking on the basalt columns at the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Basalt columns at the Giant's Causeway, County Antrim | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway Blue Trail

Discover the Giant's Causeway with the Blue Trail, a route of under a mile, leading directly to the world-famous stones. Along the way look out for interesting rock formations steeped in Irish legends, including the Giant's Boot.

Take care on the stones

The causeway stones can be slippery and dangerous when wet – always heed the advice of our rangers. Please be aware that a bus also travels this route; pedestrians must stay on the path when the bus is in operation.

Total steps: 4

Total steps: 4

Start point

Giant's Causeway visitor centre, car park 1 - grid reference NW2918297863

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

End point

Giant's Boot

Trail map

Map showing the route of the Giant's Causeway Blue Trail in Country Antrim, Northern Ireland
Giant's Causeway Blue Trail map | © Land and Property Services permit no. 120099 Crown Copyright (2013)

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44 Causeway Road, Bushmills, County Antrim, BT57 8SU

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