Belfast, UK and Giant’s Causeway Tour – June 2016

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I arrived in Belfast, UK early Saturday, June 18, 2016.  After a nap, I took a “Black Cab” Tour of Belfast.  The following morning, I took the Giant’s Causeway Tour arranged by  McComb’s Coach Tours. .The tour left Belfast early on Sunday the 19th and followed the route depicted on the map below.

Belfast map

When I left Belfast, the temperature was in the low 70’s under overcast skies with light rain falling.  It rained all day.

From Belfast, we headed northeast to the town of Carrickfergus. Following a quick photo stop we were back on the bus and followed the east coast through Balleygalley and Glenarm before stopping near BalleyCastle to cross the Carrick_a_Rede Rope Bridge to the island of Carrickarede.

The tour allowed about an hour and a half to explore Carrickarede and then we headed to the Bushmills Distillery for lunch.

Following lunch, we headed to the Giant’s Causeway where we spent about an hour and 45 minutes.

The final stop was a quick photo opportunity of the Dunluce Castle.  We only had about 10 minutes to take pictures, but this is definitely a location I would like to come back to and explore.

Ok, so now that you know the general layout of the tour, let’s get to the pictures.

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Carrickfergus Castle.

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Carrickfergus Harbor.

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View from Carrickfergus Castle.

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Carrickfergus Castle.

Next stop: Carrick_a_Rede Rope Bridge.


View looking north as I walked the trail towards the rope bridge.


Along the trail.


Along the trail.


View from the trail; Carrickarede Island on the left side of the picture.


Carrickarede Island.


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Carrickarede Island and the Rope Bridge.


View from Carrickarede Island looking at the Northern Ireland coastline.


View from Carrickarede Island.

After visiting Carrickarede Island we had lunch and then on to the Giant’s Causeway.

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The Giant’s Causeway.

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The Giant’s Causeway.

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The Giant’s Causeway.

After visiting the Giant’s Causeway, it was back on the bus with a final photo opportunity at the Dunluce Castle.

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We only had ten minutes for this photo opportunity and I would definitely like to come back and explore.  Anyway, back on the bus and then a two hour ride back to Belfast.




  1. These are beautiful photos of your trip and I enjoyed them so much! Thank you for sharing!

    • rrutan55 June 23, 2016

      Thanks, I appreciate that!

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