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Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and an MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination, is a city rich with culture, beautiful Victorian buildings, and a past marked by the Industrial Revolution. Further afield, an abundance of natural wonders are waiting to be discovered, including the Giant’s Causeway – thousands of interlocking basalt columns set on County Antrim’s coastline.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• The Giant’s Causeway
• Glenariff Forest Park
• Mount Stewart House
An MSC Cruises excursion to Northern Ireland’s dramatic coast offers an unforgettable experience. Here, you’ll discover the extraordinary Giant’s Causeway rock formation which dates back millions of years! After a short coach ride, arrive at County Antrim, where you’ll see this geological phenomenon close up. Admire approximately 40,000 interlocking hexagonal basalt columns, once created by volcanic eruptions. The spectacular geometry of these rocks has made the Giant’s Causeway Northern Ireland’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. While you’re there, take in outstanding views of the Atlantic Ocean before returning to Belfast.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting scenery of Glenariff Forest Park — 1185 hectares of spectacular woodland located in the 'Queen of Glens' valley. This MSC Cruises excursion will see you taking in tumbling waterfalls, tranquil pools, and dramatic white water-rapids. Afterwards, visit the charming Glenariff Tea House to indulge in scones, cream and jam. Then, enjoy a scenic drive through the rolling countryside surrounding the town of Ballymena.
Take a leisurely coach ride south of Belfast on an MSC Cruises excursion to see the elegant Mount Stewart House, a beloved National Trust building. Located on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down, this 19th-century estate is the former residence of the prominent Stewart family, holders of the title ‘the Marquess of Londonderry’. Here, you’ll wander the rooms, gaze at beautiful paintings, and admire the refined furniture. Later, explore the glorious garden which houses an exceptional collection of plants. Take in the picturesque lake and the decadent Dodo Terrace with its amazing collection of stone animals.