Sitting at one of the most northeasterly points of Northern Ireland is the Giant’s Causeway. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986, this attraction stems from a volcanic eruption that left the area with thousands of hexagonal basalt columns.
In 2012, a new Visitor’s Centre was opened up for the attraction. Pre-book your ticket and start your visit there, then you can choose to walk the area on your own, take a free audio guide along with you, or have one of the staff give you a walking tour.
We opted for the guided walking tour, despite the pouring rain! We learned about the volcanic history in the county, and how the Giant’s Causeway came to be. Our guide explained the different rocks and materials in the area, pointed out a few interesting shapes in the hillside, and even told us the legend of the site — some say that the columns are what’s left of a causeway built by a giant that connected Northern Ireland and Scotland!
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Rain or shine, this is something everyone should see if they have the chance. If you can, visit on a sunny day!
We did get a rainbow, though..
The Accidental Mama says
I would love to see Ireland someday. It is amazing to think about all the history and culture there. Plus, something about the gloomy weather seems inviting… I’m weird.
I lived in the UK for 6 years and never managed to get there. It looks absolutely stunning, I hope I can get there one day!
That looks pretty special. And yes your photos look great – love the rainbow 🙂
How cool you got a rainbow! I lived in Dublin a few years ago too and visited the causeway, isn’t it magical?