This past March I was fortunate enough to cross The Giants Causeway off my bucket list. If this archeological wonder is on your list I recommend a visit via the coastal highway from Belfast.
We only had a day but I could have easily spent longer sauntering through sleepy seaside villages , exploring beautiful seascapes and countryside. If like us you have a day consider a tour through McCombs- they are the best.
Take the coastal scenic route from Belfast to The Giants Causeway. Enjoy spectacular seascapes and quaint fishing villages. Stop at the majestic, Norman Castle of Carrickfergus, admire the ruins of Dunluce Castle and so much more……………………………
As you get closer to your destination be sure to take a stop and possibly take a daring walk across Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The scenery here is breath taking and the history of the rope bridge intriguing. Sadly, for me or maybe fortuitously the wind was blowing over 30 mph and so the bridge was closed . I didn’t get to experience the thrill of the bridge swinging 100 foot above the waves. Still this place did not disappoint, a walk along the cliff tops affords spectacular views and there is plenty of wildlife to spot. It's documented that dolphin and shark bask on these waters. There are guided tours and plenty of places to hike and if that doesn't entice you maybe a delicious cream tea at the cafe will.
If you are hungry for something a little more substantial a few minutes’ drive up the road will bring you to the Fullerton Arms. This is a small local pub with a reasonably priced lunch menu and some impressive pieces from The Game of Thrones which was filmed in this area. So stop by enjoy a pint and maybe take a seat in the throne.
Now less than ten miles for The Giants Causeway and a short detour to Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. My mother is a whiskey drinker, so this was a treat for her. It is quite and interesting detour and one worth taking. This distillery is the oldest in Ireland and has been in the town of Bushmills for over 400 years. Stop by for a tour or a tasting.
After a wonderful day of sightseeing we arrived at our destination, The Giants Causeway. On the drive up we had been blessed with beautiful sunshine and some showers. Once we arrived at the causeway the heavens opened, and the wind whipped.
Undaunted and simply excited I had no time for the visitors center I simply wanted to venture out and down to the causeway. As I descended, I was almost blown off my feet as the wind was so strong. The causeway is a mile down from the visitors center. I ventured down even as the wind seemed to want to spite me. My raincoat was no shield as the rain pounded and penetrated the coat and my boots. By the time I arrived at the bottom of the hill where the causeway can be explored, I was drenched to the bone but………. I was still thrilled to be experiencing the sheer beauty of the causeway and the power of mother nature. This was a place I have wanted to visit for some time and the storm could not detract from my exhilaration at being blessed to see such a splendid sight.
A few tips:
*If the weather is bad stop in the visitors center and buy a cheap plastic ponco- it will be worth it.
*Walk down to the causeway rain or shine as the views are spectacular.
* Take the bus back. It runs regularly and is only a pound.
* If you can visit Ireland be sure to put the Causeway on your list and read up on the legend of Finn McCool before you go.
Simply breaath taking..............................
Is tír álainn í Éire.
Exploring our world one trip at a time........................