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Giant's Causeway Travel Blog

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The main Causeway bay looking west

The Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worthy of a visit, especially if the weather is fine. Comprising of over 40,000 basalt columns that were created when volcanic lava, which flowed through the chalk rocks above made contact with the sea, cooled rapidly and cracked into these geometrical shapes. Almost all are six-sided, although there are a few four and five sided columns as well.

Located a few miles west of Bushmills (itself famous as the home of the world's oldest whiskey distillery - see my review on this!) and a few more miles east of Ballycastle in north county Antrim, the landscape will well signposted.

What can I say about the place, it is mystical and other worldly, and all the better if visited mid-week and early in the day when you will enjoy almost uninterrupted access. There is a well stocked visitor centre about half a mile from the site and buses shuttle visitors along the coastal route. The best way to experience it (like most places in life) is to forget the bus, and stoll down the shore path, follow the route marker signs to the very end and then return along the cliff top walk which affords views right across to Scotland if the weather is clear. If in the vacinity definately go. And hurry!!! The local university has warned that if global warming and climate change continues at its current pace we will lose the causeway to rising tides well before the end of this century!

ms_travelr says:
We're hoping to pop over for a few days this summer and this is definitely on our list of "must see". Thanks for sharing this.
Posted on: Apr 30, 2008
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The main Causeway bay looking west
The main Causeway bay looking west
The columns were many times this h…
The columns were many times this …
The causeway - heading for Scotlan…
The causeway - heading for Scotla…
Clear view of the basalt columns
Clear view of the basalt columns
A natural stairway
A natural stairway
Micro-pool at the Giants Causeway
Micro-pool at the Giant's Causeway
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