Northern Ireland

the giant’s causeway: a natural unesco

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Before we actually travelled, we would pseudo-travel: after work, as we channel surfed, we would always end up  watching travel shows. And it was on one of those shows when we first saw and heard about the Giant’s Causeway. So when we were in Europe back in 2006, we added Northern Ireland to our list of countries to visit – and we didn’t regret it one bit.

There are 6 km of this unusual geological formation; polygon-shaped rocks piled on top of one another into columns. Formed following volcanic activity many million years ago, there are similar formations as well on the coast of Scotland – just across the body of water.

As the myths and legends go, Finn McCool, the giant had something to do with this hence the name. 😉

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Admission gives you access to the visitor’s centre and pedestrian access to the Causeway. There are regular shuttles down to the Causeway but there is a small additional charge. There was the option to see the rocks from “bird’s eye” view by walking along the cliff track up above. Beware on windy days!!

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The Giant’s Causeway is about an hour’s drive out of Belfast. And not far from it is Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The day we went it was so crazy windy, that we were not allowed to cross the bridge.

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Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast were UNESCO Heritage listed in 1986.

To see the other UNESCO sites we have visited, visit our unofficial bucket list

 

 

 

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It has been a month since we had left and we are in Belfast. We were kindly escorted to our hotel by a stranger who clearly could see we were lost. Our introduction to the country was a thumbs up! We had grown up in an era where there was a lot of negative media attention for Northern Island so let’s just say we were so happy we decided to visit and see what it had to offer.

We have nothing to complain about this city. We did a Black Cab Tour which admittedly wasn’t anything to write home about but we did learn a great deal about the history and the conflict in the area. We witnessed some young boys of about 8 or 9 scale a wall to rip down the UK flag. So it showed to us how conflict still resides.

From city to coast, we visited the Giants Causeway and that would have to be one of the coolest things we have seen. Pictures do not do justice to this natural wonder. The legend goes that the causeway was built by the Irish giant to fight the Scottish giant. The scientific version probably isn’t half as exciting! Walking along the cliff face above the causeway, we were getting pushed along by the gale force wind before we decided to take the safer option for a view of the rocks by taking the shuttle bus to stand amongst them! Definitely worth a visit if this region is on anyone’s itinerary.

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Giant's Causeway
Giant’s Causeway