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Giant's Causeway
Causeway Road, Bushmills, Co. Antrim, BT57 8SU.
Telephone: 028 2073 1582

The Giant's Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries. It harbours a wealth of local and natural history.

:: Northern Ireland's only World Heritage Site
:: Icon of Northern Ireland
:: Amphitheatres of stone columns with fanciful names such as the wishing chair, harp and organ
:: Geology, flora and fauna of international importance
:: Beautiful coastal path extends 11 miles to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
:: Wonderful views and coastal scenery
:: Guided tours by arrangement for groups of 15+ people

In 2007 the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre received a National Award of Excellence for ‘Best Tour Visit’ by CIE Tours International, for the 5th consecutive year.

Visitor facilities
Coast: Shop: Refreshments: Guided tours: Suitable for picnics: Country walk: Programme of events: Access for visitors with disability: Facilities for families: Learning: Dogs welcome on leads: Available for functions.

Admission free.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
119a Whitepark Road, Ballintoy, Co. Antrim BT54 6LS
Telephone: 028 2076 9839

A short coastal footpath leads to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. On the way, there are wonderful vantage points to stop and take in the natural beauty. The geology, flora and fauna have won Carrick-a-Rede recognition as an area of special scientific interest. Fulmars, kittywakes, guillemots and razorbills breed on the islands close to the rope bridge.

Of course, Carrick-a-Rede also boasts an exhilarating rope bridge experience. Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. Today visitors are drawn here simply to take the rope bridge challenge!

Once you reach Carrick Island, the reward is seeing the diverse birdlife and an uninterrupted view across to Rathlin Island and Scotland. There is only one way off the island - back across the swinging bridge! Don't look down!

:: One of Northern Ireland's best-loved attractions
:: Rocky island connected to the cliffs by a rope bridge
:: Exhilarating coastal path experience
:: Stunning views of Rathlin and Scottish islands
:: Site of Special Scientific Interest: unique geology, flora and fauna
:: Fantastic bird-watching
:: Children's discovery trail for 8 -14 year olds
:: Guided tours by arrangement for groups of 15+ people
:: Viewing platform suitable for visitors with disability
:: Dogs not permitted to cross bridge

Visitor facilities:–
Coast: Refreshments: Guided tours: Suitable for picnics: Access for visitors with disability: Facilities for families: Learning: Dogs welcome on leads.

Opening times:
Bridge open weather permitting
1 Mar-27 May: 10am-6pm daily
28 May-2 Sep: 10am-7pm daily
3 Sep-31 Oct: 10am-6pm daily

Final access to Rope Bridge is 45 minutes before closing time
Car Park and North Antrim Coastal Path open all year

Admission to Rope Bridge
Mar-Jun & Sep-Oct
Adult: £3.00 Child: £1.50 Family: £7.50 Group: £2.30

July & August
Adult: £3.30 Child: £1.80 Family: £8.40 Group: £2.55

Old Bushmills Distillery
2 Distillery Road, Bushmills Co Antrim BT57 8XH.
Telephone: 028 20731521

In 2008, Bushmills celebrates 400 years of local distilling history…a unique, unbroken whiskey-making tradition still very much alive today at the Old Bushmills Distillery. Just two miles from the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, the distillery lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty which is rich in history and folklore.

At Bushmills, the visitor can observe the craft and skills of making Irish whiskey. The guided tour includes the ingredients and processes, spring water from Saint Columb’s Rill and the finest malted barley, to the art of triple distillation in copper stills and ageing in oak casks. Of course, no visit would be complete without enjoying a complimentary glass of Bushmills whiskey.

Today, Bushmills is a well known name for smooth, distinctive Irish whiskey. The whiskey maturing process takes time, between five and thirty years depending on the blend. Often there are around 171,000 barrels on site maturing. Recent accolades include a review by the New York Times in 2006 describing Bushmills 10 year Malt as “the best Irish whiskey”.

March - October:
Monday - Saturday 9.15am - 5pm
Sunday March - June & October 12noon - 5pm, July, August & September 11.30am.
Last tour 4 each day. Last admission daily - Restaurant 4.30 & Gift Shop 5pm.

November - February
Monday - Friday 10am - 4.15pm
Saturday & Sunday 12.30 - 16.15pm.
Last tour 3.30pm. Last Admission Daily - Restaurant 4 & Gift Shop 4.15pm.
Tours run approx every 1/2 hour.

Children under 8 are welcome to visit the Distillery but are not permitted to join guided tours.
Groups of 15 or more, telephone to arrange your visit.

Closed Good Friday afternoon and 4 & 12 July. Please also check opening times at Christmas and New Year. On occasions, including weekends, parts of the plant may be non-operational.
There is an admission charge.

Price £5, child £2.50 (Children 7 years and under not permitted into production areas), Sen. Citz / Student 18 yrs + £4.50 Family £13 ( 2 adults and 2 or more children 8 – 17 yrs).

Dunluce Castle
Dunluce Castle is sited dramatically close to the edge of a headland, along the North Antrim coast. Surrounded by jaw dropping coastal scenery, this medieval castle stands where an early Irish fort was once built and were its history can be traced back to early Christians and Vikings. Visit and take a peek at medieval Irish life!

Visitor centre, shop and guided tours of the ruins, gardens and remnants of the town. Limited wheelchair access. Tours available Easter-September and pre-booked available out of season.

No admission to unaccompanied children under sixteen.

Opening times:
April - September
Mon - Sun 10.00am - 6.00pm with last admission strictly 5.30pm
October - March
Mon - Sun 10.00am - 5.00pm with last admission strictly 4.30pm

Adult - £2
Children/Seniors – £1
Child under 4 - Free
Group Rate – (10 or over) £1 per person

Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Railway
A truly heritage experience traveling on a steam locomotive along a magnificent coastal stretch of line between Bushmills and the World Heritage Site at the Giant's Causeway.

The railway now provides a passenger link between the historic town of Bushmills and the famous stone columns of the Giant's Causeway World Heritage site. The railway has been built to the Irish narrow gauge of three feet and runs for two miles along the track bed of the former Giant's Causeway Tram.

Open Saint Patrick's weekend, Easter, then every weekend until end of June. July - August daily, then weekends until October.