Discovering Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway and North Coast
Giant’s Causeway - In Search of Finn McCool. Take a drive, train or day tour from Belfast to enjoy the brilliant beauty of Ireland’s North Coast. The legend and myth of Finn McCool must be experienced first hand. Follow the spectacular North Antrim coastline to historic Giant’s Causeway - Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site and a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Legend states that the polygonal columns of layered basalt were a pathway built by Finn McCool, a 52 ½ foot tall giant, so that Scottish giant, Benadonner, could make his way across from Scotland so that the two could partake in a battle of strength and challenge. The incredible Giant’s Causeway is what remains of this great pathway to the Western Isles.
Looking For A Hotel Near Giant’s Causeway? A townhouse hotel in the trendy Queen’s Quarter of Belfast, only 75 minutes from Giant’s Causeway, the Malone Lodge Hotel & Apartments delivers a refreshing blend of exceptional services, Irish hospitality and contemporary amenities for both business and leisure travellers. The peaceful ambiance and stylish charm of the hotel creates an oasis of comfort and convenience just one hour from Giant’s Causeway and the North Coast. Find out about Select Specials & Packages.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge at Malone Lodge Hotel, Northern Ireland Along the North Coast, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - one of Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions - is not for the faint hearted. After walking along the beautiful coastal path, you will find yourself confronted by a precarious rope bridge, which crosses a 24 meter deep and 18 meter wide chasm from the rocky cliffs to the tiny Carrick Island. Originally a link for fishermen to Carrick Island, the bridge is a test of bravery even for the most intrepid. As you walk across the rope bridge, the views are breathtaking and the bird watching is excellent. Remember, there’s only one way back!
Old Bushmills Distillery. Two miles from Giant’s Causeway is the famous Old Bushmills Distillery, the world’s oldest whiskey distillery. Take a tour of the Old Bushmills Distillery that has produced the finest Irish whiskey for over 400 years. Whiskey making at Bushmills draws on centuries-old distilling history, including the first license to distil whiskey in 1608 by King James I. These traditions live on at the Old Bushmills Distillery, and shine through every drop. Experience the craft of making Irish single malt, and discover the secrets of the special water from St. Columb’s Rill, the malted Irish barley, triple distillation in copper stills and ageing for long years in Oak Casks. The end product has to be sampled. With a drop or two of Bush you might see Finn after all!