Mark Steen Taxis offer a wide range of sightseeing and golfing tours for visitors wishing to explore the spectacular North Antrim Causeway Coast whilst travelling in the comfort of a Mercedes Benz E Class. Mark Steen, your professional driver and knowledgeable guide holds a World Host Customer Service Excellence certification and with over 15 years experience of managing several North Coast Golf Clubs has a passion to introduce visitors to the local attractions and outstanding natural beauty of this spectacular stretch of coastline, including it’s World Class links golf courses. (Tours limited to 1-4 passengers)
Each tour will be customised and private with an itinerary agreed in advance with you based around a combination of visitor locations you may wish to visit. During a sightseeing tour you will have the freedom to decide how long you wish to stay at a location and if desired when to stop along the route for additional photo opportunities. At all times Mark will try to enhance your visitor experience by passing on his local knowledge to help keep you informed as well as sharing with you some of the special myths and legends associated with this area of coastline.
Listed below are a few example Sightseeing Tours and tour locations. Please contact Mark if you would prefer to create a bespoke tour of alternative attractions or places of interest.
Causeway Coast SightSeeing Tour
This 12th Century Norman Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Ireland. Over the centuries the castle has been besieged by the Scots, Irish, English and French armies. Carrickfergus Castle is steeped in history and is where William 111 (William Prince Of Orange) first set foot in Ireland in 1690.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
You will then be driven further along the coast to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, where if you dare to you can walk across the swinging rope bridge. This is not for the faint hearted! Anyone with limited mobility should note that it is a one mile walk from the car park to reach the Rope Bridge.
Ballintoy Harbour can be discovered in the picturesque village of Ballintoy. Known as a ‘raised beach’, it is located alongside the B15 coast road, 17 miles north-east of Coleraine and five miles west of Ballycastle.
The small fishing harbour can be found at the end of a small narrow steep road down Knocksaughey Hill, which passes by the entrance to Larrybane and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The village itself, which is just one kilometre from the harbour, has a charming array of small shops, two churches, including the quaint white Ballintoy Parish Church on the hill above the harbour, as well as tourist accommodation, restaurants, commercial and social facilities.
For those looking to capture a true sense of Irish rural life, it is an ideal stop over whilst touring the coastal route.
It has been used as a filming location in HBO's epic series Game of Thrones. This stunning harbour location has been used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands.
The Giant’s Causeway
The Giant's Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland and in 2015 was awarded the UKs Best Heritage Attraction at the British Travel Awards.
Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries. It harbours a wealth of local and natural history. Sea birds can be seen off the coast around the Causeway, with species such as fulmar, petrel and razorbill being frequently observed alongside rare and unusual plant species on the cliffs and nearby rock formations.
The Giant’s Causeway is also steeped in myth and legend. Some say it was carved from the coast by the mighty giant, Finn McCool who left behind an ancient home full of folklore. Look out for clues of his existence – including The Giant’s Boot and Wishing Chair.
The iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north Antrim by the MacQuillan family around 1500, the earliest written record of the castle was in 1513.
It was seized by the ambitious MacDonnell clan in the 1550s, who set about stamping their mark on the castle under the leadership of the famous warrior chieftain Sorely Boy MacDonnell during an era of violence, intrigue and rebellion.
In the village of Bushmills you will receive a guided tour of the Old Bushmills Distillery Followed by an opportunity to taste this world famous whiskey. Burt Renolds plays a Police Lieutenant in the 1975 movie Hustle whose favorite alcohol is Bushmills.
At the end of the tour your driver will return you to your hotel. Approximate length of tour 6 hours.
Please note that each of the attractions in this tour charge an admission fee and these costs are not included in the quoted tour price. A list of current admission charges are listed below;
Family: £22 (2 Adults + 3 Children under 17 years - under 5 years free)
Pre-purchase and save: visit www.giantscausewaytickets.com to pre-purchase your tickets and save £1.50 on adult admission, £1 on child admission and £3.50 on family admission.
Visitors are welcome to visit the Gift Shop and Restaurant at no charge. After the tour the tasting includes 9 different whiskeys one of which is a 21yr old which costs from £125 a bottle. You also receive a certificate.
£20 for tour and tasting or just £15 for the taste
Causeway Coastal Route & Titanic Centre Belfast Tour
(This Tour departs from the North Coast)
On this tour you will be driven from your North Coast location along the Causeway Coastal Route, one of the most spectacular road trips in the world, passing through the scenic towns and villages of the Glens of Antrim, before arriving at the Belfast Titanic Visitor Centre. You will have approximately 2.5 hours to enjoy taking a tour of the Titanic Visitor Centre.
An optional “Hop On Hop Off” Belfast City Bus Sightseeing Tour can be included before returning to your hotel/guest house on the North Coast.
Reservations can be made using the booking facility on the website
All major credit cards accepted.