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FAQ

We are often asked by those visiting and those thinking about visiting a huge number of questions. So we though we would put some of them here to help you. Id you question not here? Why not ask us?

No, unfortunatley you cannot drive your own car down to the Giants Causeway. You can however, park at the Visitor Centre and take the free bus down.

You can find out more about Parking and Accessibility Here

The colums of the Causeway were formed some 60 million years ago, as molten lava from a massive eruption that flowed into the sea, cooling rapidly and shrinking into the 40000 hexagonal columns we see today

You can find out more about the Geology of the Giants Causeway Here

According to Myths and Legend, the Causeway was built by an Irish Giant named Fionn McCool. He built it as a way to get across the sea of Moyle to challenge a Scottish Giant called Benandonner. 

You can find out more about The Legend of Fionn McCool here

However, the Causeway was actually not built by anyone and was a Geological event caused by Lava and Moulten rock flosing into the sea and Rapidly cooling to form the Hexagonal Colums. 

You can find out more here

The Causeway is so named as it was, according to myth the causeway built by the Giant Fionn McCool who built it to get across to the seas to challenge a Scottish Giant.

Yes, you can visit the Giants Causeway for Free. However, the National Trust Visitor Centre and its Car Parking are not free.

You can find out how to visit the Causeway for free (or nearly free) here

The Giants Causeway is situated at the very top of the Island of Ireland on the Causeway Coastal Route, one of the most scenic drives in the world.

The Causeway is in County Antrim, in Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom.

It is approximately an hours drive from Belfast and 3 hours from Dublin.

The Causeway itself lies between the two towns of Ballycastle and Bushmills, where the famous Whisky Distillery is situated. It is also just a short drive from Portrush, home to the 2019 Open Championship Golf Tournament.

You can find out more about how to get to the Giants Causeway here

By car the Giants Causeway is approximately 60 miles or 100 km. The journey takes just over an hour directly. However, we recomend that you take the Causeway Coastal Route, one of the worlds most scenic routes. This route will take around 2 and a half hours, however, we recomend taking the day and making a few stops.

Find out more about the Causeway Coastal Route Here

You can also get to the Giants Causeway by Bus, Train, boat and even helicopter if you want something unique.

You can find out more about getting to the Giants Causeway from Belfast here

Like most things it will depend on you and, especially in this part of the world – the weather. 

It can take as little as 25 minutes if  you park in the Visitor Centre and get the shuttle bus down to the Causeway, have a wander round and back up again.

However, we would recomend somewhere between 1.5 to 2.5 hours to really get to experience and enjoy your time here. This way you can take your time and really explore the 40000 basalt colums, the breathtaking scenery and the state of the art visitor centre.

If you are short on time then we recommend getting a guide to make the most of your trip. You can find a list of guides here

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Giant's Causeway, 44 Causeway Rd, Bushmills BT57 8SU