A Giant’s Causeway tour like no other.
There is so much more to the Giant’s Causeway than the popular main site with its 40,000 UNESCO basalt polygonal columns. We proudly work in partnership with the National Trust to provide a guided 5 mile cliff top experience along the famous Causeway cliffs. Parking at the site and checking into the Visitor Centre at the Causeway, our walking guide will then take you out to Dunseverick Castle ruin via public transport to commence a breathtaking 5 mile (8km) hike along amazing cliffs to arrive at the Giant’s Causeway. Full tour from beginning to end takes 3.5 to 4 hours.
This is an extraordinarily unique and very authentic way to experience the Giant’s Causeway. It is by far the best way to avoid how busy the site can get. This guided cliff walk promises to be among the highlights of your visit to Ireland. Put on your walking boots and let us guide you. This tour can only be booked online via the National Trust website here.
|Departure Time||12.15 p.m inside the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre. We recommend you aim to arrive on site no later than 12.00 noon.|
|Wear||We strongly recommend good walking boots or shoes. A raincoat is essential, even if it only stays in your bag. Wear light layers that can be added or removed, ideally with something wind proof. Please avoid wearing jeans.|
|Book||This tour operates in conjunction with the National Trust. Please go here to book online or by phone. https://giantscausewaytickets.com/buy-tickets|
|Bring||A light, portable lunch or snacks and some water, in a small back pack. Optional seasonal comforts to include hats, gloves or sunscreen!|
|Availability||Daily, year round. Bookings must be received no later than 4.00 p.m. the day before your tour. Tours do sell out so we recommend booking as soon as you know your tour date. This tour needs to be booked direct with the National Trust. Tours require a minimum of at least two people.|
A selection of reviews from those who have done this tour. See more at Tripadvisor, Facebook or Google. Away A Wee Walk currently holds a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor.
“Do it!!! Stunnng”. Glenys C, Trip Advisor
“A tour I will cherish for the rest of my life”. Nick B, Trip Advisor
“Best way to see the Giant’s Causeway”. Trip Advisor
“A walk like no other”. Trip Advisor
“Highlight of our trip”. Trip Advisor
“Quite simply one of the best days of my life”. Lynn Doliett, Facebook.
It isn’t just about the hexagon rocks. The world famous, 40,000 basalt columns are utterly amazing to see and experience but there is so, so much more the the UNESCO site than the stones. The Cliff Top Experience offered in partnership between the National Trust and Away A Wee Walk provides a 5 mile (8km) guided hike along one of the most breathtaking cliff top views in Europe.
This undulating, extremely scenic cliff path, undulates along farmland and coastal bays. The path is maintained by the National Trust with a focus on minimising the human impact and encouraging species diversity.
Enjoy breathtaking views, coastal bays, high cliffs and castle ruins. See grazing sheep, breeding fulmars and hear barking seals basking in the bays below.
Learn about the drifting apart geology of this famous coast before eventually arriving at the main site, descending the Shepherd’s Steps.
The National Trust in conjunction with their volunteer team do a lot of work to maintain significant amounts of coast path along the Causeway Coast. Learn about this great work while benefitting from the quality paths.
The tour price includes parking at the Giant’s Causeway site, access to the Visitor Centre, rambler bus out to the trail head, guided 5 mile (8km) cliff path with commentary and photo stops, a visit to the Stones at the main site and the short shuttle bus back up to the Visitor Centre at the end of the tour.
12.00 noon Recommended arrival time at the Giant’s Causeway car park.
12.05 p.m. Check in at the visitor centre.
12.15 p.m. Tour guide meets cliff walkers inside the visitor centre.
12.25 p.m. Group goes to public transport bus stop for short road journey to trail head.
12.40 p.m. Guided Cliff Top Experience begins at Dunserverick Castle ruin.
3.15 p.m. (approx.) Walking tour reaches main site at the Giant’s Causeway to explore Stones.
4.00 p.m (approx.) Return to Visitor Centre and car park.
How many people are on the tour?
The cliff hike is in groups usually between 4 and 12.
How fit do I need to be?
Fit enough to enjoy a 5 mile (8k) hike but you don’t need to be a marathon runner. Just about average and make sure you enjoy the outdoors.
Do we stop to take it all in?
The walking tour is at a ‘walking’ pace between photo and commentary stops. The stops however are frequent and utterly breathtaking. You’ll have great time to soak it all in.
What is the weather like?
Irish! Changeable… very changeable. Pack a light raincoat, wear good walking boots or shoes and otherwise wear layers. We have only done a handful of tours where it has rained the entire time. The wind blows, the sun shines, the rain falls… often all on the same tour!
How long do I get at the Causeway stones?
The stones are a short walk or shuttle bus ride to the Visitor Centre. You are more than welcome to stay at the stones at the end of the walk at your leisure.
Is the path flat?
Nope, it is on a coast but that coast undulates. Approximately 200 metres up and down over the 5 miles with the highest point being 116 metres. It is very manageable for most people of average fitness or above.
When do I eat lunch?
As this tour begins around noon, we recommend you bring a light portable snack or sandwich that you can enjoy on a rest stop along the cliffs.
Why are jeans not a good idea?
Demin is very cold and uncomfortable if it gets wet. We rarely have a lot of rain, believe it or not, however jeans can stay wet for hours after just a short shower.
Are the guides qualified?
Yes and extraordinarily passionate and experienced. All our guides have a host of training and experience. All guides are first aid trained. Qualifications vary across guides and include Mountain Leadership, Tour Guiding, World Host training and First Aid with an Outdoor focus, plus many others. From understanding the geology to knowing how to get the coast guard if someone hurts themselves, we have the perfect combination of passion and skill. (By the way… so far we have not needed to call the coast guard!).