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The Giant's Causeway

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by Erin Connelly (subscribe)
I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published January 9th 2013
Walk in the footsteps of giants
At the very north coast of Northern Ireland is one of the most unique geological features on the planet. So bizarre and stunning is the site that locals formed a legend that it could only have been created by a stampeding giant.

Photo by Erin Connelly.


View from the top of the cliffs. Photo by Erin Connelly.


The Giant's Causeway is approached from the top of oceanside cliffs. There are over 11 miles of hiking paths along the top of the cliffs, which provide gorgeous views of the ocean. To reach the causeway, you will have to climb down a wooden staircase winding along the cliffs.

Cliffside stairs. Photo by Erin Connelly.
Cliffside stairs. Photo by Erin Connelly.
 


At the bottom of the staircase giant basalt rock formations form the base of the cliffs and stretch out to the ocean. The legend says that the basalt columns stretch all the way to Scotland just visible on the horizon line.

Rock Formation. Photo by Erin Connelly.


Giant's Causeway. Photo by Erin Connelly.


You can walk along the top of the causeway and along the stones that descend into the crashing ocean. If you love natural beauty and unique destinations, this isolated area is a must visit on your next journey to Northern Ireland.

Causeway. Photo by Erin Connelly.
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Why? Stunning oceanside cliffs and miles of hiking adventures
When: See website for opening times
Phone: 028 2073 1855
Where: 44 Causeway Road, Bushmills, BT57 8SU
Cost: Adult 8.50; free for national trust members
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