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Giant's Causeway, Bushmills

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Geologic Formation Historic Site
Considered the country’s fourth-greatest natural wonder, World Heritage-listed Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. Most of the columns are hexagonal, with the tallest rising 12 m (39 ft) into the air. Some of these rock structures, after several million years of weathering, resemble easily recognizable objects. These include the Organ, Giant’s Boot, Giant’s Eyes, and Camel’s Hump. Visit the area to see and photograph a wide variety of native seabirds, such as cormorants, redshanks, and razorbills. The weathered rocks shelter a number of rare and unusual plants, including sea spleenwort, sea fescue, and frog orchid. Stop by the visitor center for more information, souvenirs, and refreshments. Use our Bushmills vacation route planner to add Giant's Causeway and other attractions to your Bushmills vacation plans.
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  • Absolutely amazing! Walk down to the Giant's Causeway, there are several different trails to walk so be prepared and plan on spending some time there. When you are ready to leave take the trolley back...  more »
  • We 'accosted' a member of staff to complain that we couldn't see 'Granny'. He walked a long way with us to get the best view of 'Granny' regaling us with very amusing tales of the place. This transfor...  more »
  • I visited the site twice - once at evening around 8pm and another at 6am for great dawn and dusk shots. Long days during summer means it's still dry sunny and there's not many people at this time allo...  more »
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  • What a fantastic place! I love the way the visitors centre fits into the environment and sets the scene. Take a walk down to the coastline (it’s free) and walk around and go back up the cliff face route (rather than returning up the road). You can even see Scotland on a good day! Breathtaking!
  • Ireland is famous for its water and the high rise rocks. Giants causeway has peculiar hexagonal volcanic rocks which give an extreme gratifying look for nature lovers as well as photographers. I would recommend to walk complete thing as shown in walking maps there and then climb to top to get the essence of Ireland.
  • Such a cool place! Be prepared to walk quite a bit on slopes to get to the rocks. If possible, I recommend going after closing. You don't have to pay for the visitor's center and can just walk right in. Plus, after about 30 minutes, we had the whole place to ourselves and watched the sunset. Absolutely great.
  • Excellent day out, highly recommend. Cafe prices aren't ridiculous, only a little more than other local places. Being a coat or jacket it's super windy, and if it's raining prepare to get wet and slip around a bit on the rocks! Plenty of staff around the rocks to help people find the easiest way up and down :) Bring a camera for sure and keep your phone charged!
  • A must-see destination and a stunning natural phenomena. This is one of those places that unless you go there by yourself, people cannot describe to you why it is so special. You'll see a breathtaking scenery of cliffs, rocks, sea and some really nice birds too. The tourist centre is really well organized, more so than any other I saw in the UK. If you go from Belfast, you'll have to take a bus, which takes three hours +/- and it is not expensive.

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Where to stay in Bushmills

B&Bs and family inns line High Street, which dominates this quaint town. For luxury and views of the surrounding countryside, consider the Bushmills Golf Resort area. The area's attractions are centrally located or easily reached from the center, so hotel accommodations in this area are both convenient and scenic.
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