Giant's Causeway National Nature Reserve

Nature reserves are chosen from among the very best examples of our wildlife, habitats and geology. They contain a wide range of species, communities and geology and their designation is a public recognition by Government of their importance.

Designation

Grid Reference: C 954453

Description

The Giant's Causeway is a World Heritage Site, famous for its beauty and extraordinary geological features which can be easily reached and enjoyed. Spectacular cliffs and headlands faced with basalt columns of different heights give shelter to a number of bays, while pavements of 'Causeway Stone' march out in regular shapes from the foot of the cliffs towards the sea.

Within the nature reserve, a series of paths run between the visitor centre at Causeway Head and Hamilton's Seat. One path follows the cliff top, while another runs midway up to the cliffs to provide breathtaking views of the Amphitheatre, the Chimney Tops, the Giant's Causeway itself and Port-na-Spaniagh, where the Spanish galleon 'Girona' sank in 1588.

In early summer, the ledges and cliff tops are carpeted with wild flowers such as bird's-foot trefoil, kidney vetch, spring squill and thrift. Watch out for buzzards, peregrine falcons and rare choughs around the cliffs. Eider ducks and oystercatchers often feed in the sheltered bays below.

Facilities

Car parks, toilets, visitor centre, paths, disabled access.

Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre
44 Causeway Road
Bushmills
Co Antrim
BT57 8SU
T: 028 2073 1855
E: info@giantscausewaycentre.com
W: www.giantscausewaycentre.com

Search www.northcoastni.com for further information and places of interest near the Giant's Causeway.

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