Ranger Discovery Tour – The Giant’s Causeway
Available all year
UNESCO World Heritage site – Giant’s Causeway.
Ranger Guided discovery tour of the Giant’s Causeway.
Learn of the areas rich mythology, history and geology.
Flora and fauna.
Enjoy a visit to the spectacular UNESCO World heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway. The Visitors Centre allows you to decide for yourself which explanation of how the causeway’s 40,000 basalt stones were formed is most likely (or simply most interesting!) Stories about the area’s rich mythology, history, geology, flora and fauna will paint the Causeway in your mind’s eye before you make your way to the stones themselves. For centuries, visitors have marvelled at its majesty and mystery. The unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms and the rugged symmetry of the columns never fail to intrigue and inspire.
Your guided tour enables you to delve deeper into this magnificent natural landmark with a member of the conservation team, who will provide an intimate look at some of the special wildflowers and wildlife that can be found here. At key locations, step off the beaten path to look at unusual plants and animals that have adapted to life on the Atlantic shore.There will be opportunities to see some tiny insects that make their homes here, including Britain’s smallest moth which is found nowhere else in Northern Ireland. You may also be able to see the fluffy chicks of the graceful Fulmars (seabirds of the albatross family) through a telescope, provided they have not flown away.
To stroll the Giants Causeway is to voyage back in time. Your imagination will travel along stepping-stones that lead to either the creative turbulence of a bygone volcanic age or into the myths and legends of the past.
Return to Ballycastle for your return ferry back to Rathlin Island.
Remarks/requirements: Appropriate warm, layered, waterproof clothing and comfortable non-slip walking shoes.
Walking information: 1km approximately over uneven surfaces at the Giant's Causeway. Guests must be able to walk from the stones to the visitor centre. This involves steep incline of approx. additional 1 km.
Wheelchair accessible: No.
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