There’s a brand-new coastal trekking experience along the bay from Northern Ireland’s famous Giant’s Causeway. Penelope Walsh walks you through it and three more attractions
Second in popularity only to Game of Thrones, Northern Ireland’s biggest (and much older) claim to fame is Giant’s Causeway. This stunning natural phenomenon is an ancient formation of basalt rock forming a vast tessellation of hexagonal stepping stones – just like a stairway for a giant.
Also in County Antrim (home to Giant’s Causeway) is The Gobbins cliff path. Taken from the Irish An Gobain, meaning “the points of rock”, The Gobbins first opened back in 1902. And there’s no better time to book an excursion, since the original Edwardian route has just been given a refresh, with the launch of a modern coastal walk. On the new guided tour, visitors will be taken through a maze of hair-raising suspension bridges, caves and tunnels, getting closer than ever before to the seascape and rugged cliff faces recognisable from the mighty Game of Thrones, since much of the show was filmed in this area. £8.50 (Dhs48) for adults, £6 (Dhs34) concessions. Daily from 10am. www.thegobbinscliffpath.com.
Game of Thrones Tour
Take a tour from Belfast and explore filming locations for hit TV show Game of Thrones, including Winterfell and Robb Stark’s camp. £40 (Dhs225) per person. Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, www.gameofthronestours.com.
This spectacular organic wonder, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1986, is made up of more than 40,000 basalt columns, some stretching as high as 12 metres in places. Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The Titanic Belfast
Belfast is home to the world’s largest Titanic exhibition. Uncover the legend in the city where it began. £15.50 (Dhs87) for adults £7.25 (Dhs40) for kids aged five to 16, free for kids under five. Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, www.titanicbelfast.com.