My final day trip during my Ireland adventure was to Giant's Causeway through Love Ireland. There are two day trip tours to Giant's Causeway through Love Ireland. I chose the Giant's Causeway shuttle the other day tour includes a stop in Belfast. Since I had already done a trip dedicated to Belfast, I opted for the "shuttle" version of the tour which does not include a stop in Belfast. Also, unlike the other day tours, this trip starts later in the morning and instead of meeting at the Molly Malone statue, you meet at the Love Ireland office. 

As with the other day trips I took, we stopped about half way through the trip for a bathroom / food / coffee break. Once everyone was back on the shuttle, we made our way up to Giant's Causeway. Giant's Causeway is in Northern Ireland - so make sure you have the correct currency if you're planning on using cash.

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dunluce castle; ireland; bri rinehart; game of thrones
dunluce castle; ireland; bri rinehart

The first stop on our tour was outside of Dunluce Castle. This castle was used in Game of Thrones as the House of Greyjoy. The castle sits right on the cliff over looking the ocean. It was a gorgeous view to take in. I don't watch GOT {gasp! Shocker!} so I did not know the reference, but I enjoyed the views.

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giant's causeway; ireland; bri rinehart
giant's causeway; ireland; bri rinehart
giant's causeway; bri rinehart; ireland
giant's causeway; ireland; bri rinehart
giant's causeway; ireland; bri rinehart
bri rinehart; giant's causeway; ireland
bri rinehart; giant's causeway; ireland

We made it to Giant's Causeway and had about an hour and a half to explore and eat. Giant's Causeway is amazingly gorgeous. I kept saying: "This is so gorgeous." I'm fairly certain I annoyed my new friends I had made, but I couldn't get over the views. It was like I was in a fairy tale.

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bri rinehart; ireland; giant's causeway
giant's causeway; ireland; bri rinehart
giant's causeway; bri rinehart; ireland
bri rinehart; ireland; giant's causeway

The Giant's Causeway is a natural formation of hexagon columns made by massive volcanic activity. Not only could you climb on the rocks to take in the views, but there were also paths you can take that lead up to the cliffs. We walked up to this rock formation embedded into a cliff. We aren't sure if there is a significance to why the rocks are like that, but it was pretty cool to see standing up close. We walked back and checked out the hexagon columns formation. We walked out a bit to absorb more of the views. 

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bri rinehart; giant's causeway; ireland
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giant's causeway; bri rinehart; ireland

While we were there, we saw two rainbows. One rainbow as a full rainbow and we wondered where the pot of gold was. After we took an endless amount of pictures, we headed back to the cafe near our shuttle to grab a quick bite to eat. On our walk back, it began to rain and hail - making it a bit miserable and cold. Thankfully, it only lasted the duration of our walk and did not continue on for the whole trip.

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bri rinehart; ireland; carrick-a-rede
carrick-a-rede; ireland; bri rinehart
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bri rinehart; carrick-a-rede; ireland

Our next stop was the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. They stop selling tickets early in the afternoon - so we had to make sure we were there by a certain time to get our tickets. From the parking lot, it is a 15 minute walk - if you don't stop to take pictures. Which is what we did. The Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge is a bridge suspended 100 feet over the rocks below. The bridge was originally made for fisherman who would walk across it - originally with one handrail! - and hang their nets off of.

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bri rinehart; carrick-a-rede; ireland
carrick-a-rede; ireland; bri rinehart

The bridge is not wide, so they would let a certain amount of people from one side cross before allowing the other side to cross back over. It was a little wait to cross the bridge when we arrived. Normally I would not go anywhere near a bridge like that because I'm deathly afraid of heights - but when in Ireland, right? I walked across the bridge and made it to the other side. However, while we were walking across it, some kids decided to bounce on it and I freaked out just a tad bit {okay, really a lot!}. I was really glad I walked across because the views from the other side were amazing. The island is small so there is not much exploring to do. Once we took our pictures, we headed back to the bridge and waited for our time to cross back to the main land.

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the dark hedges; ireland; bri rinheart; game of thrones
bri rinehart; the dark hedges; game of thrones; ireland
the dark hedges; ireland; bri rinehart; game of thrones

After walking back to our bus, we headed to our final stop on the tour - The Dark Hedges. The Dark Hedges was featured in Game of Thrones. Again, I do not watch GOT, so I don't know the reference, but! the site is absolutely gorgeous. The road is lined with trees that look like they're in an old time horror movie. It was a little eerie, but fantastic images to take in.

Once we were all back on the shuttle, we made our way back to Dublin. It took a little longer than expected because there was traffic through Belfast on the way back. We made a pit stop for a bathroom / food break.

This tour was my favorite day trip out of the three that I went on. The views are breathtaking and it was sunny {minus the one rain shower}! If you could only do one tour outside of Dublin, I would recommend the Giant's Causeway. You won't regret it.