The walkway of the giant
Giant's Causeway Travel Blog› entry 7 of 128 › view all entries
We got up pretty early in the morning and went to the supermarket in Derry before heading out. A group of us picked up some lunchmeat, bread, fruit, etc that we could eat on the bus before we arrived at the Giant's Causeway, and it was a nice, cheap, healthy lunch! (My favorite kind). We arrived at the site and as we began to walk around, we could see beautiful views everywhere! The top of the cliffs offered great views of the countryside. Down the cliffs was the strait and the causeway.
Now, to set the record straight, the Giant's Causeway is a natural volcanic rock formation. Volcanoes in Ireland? Well, all islands like Ireland are formed by repeated volcanic eruptions over a looong time. Anyway, the causeway consists of almost perfectly shaped hexagonal rocks that extend from the shore out into the sea.
It is near this point that Ireland and Scotland are the closest to each other, only about 12 miles apart. This got me excited because I knew I was going there next! For now, I would enjoy the magic that surrounded Ireland...and what an amazing place it is!
After we left the causeway and before we reached Belfast, we stopped seemingly in the middle of nowhere and found a bridge leading to a small island with great views of both Ireland and Scotland. We walked out over the bridge to the island (one at a time, please!) and spent some of the afternoon there. It was here that the sun finally came out and it got so warm that we took our coats off! The weather is always unpredictable in the Britist Isles, but seemingly more so in May!
A thousand years ago, this part of Ireland was often under attack by the vikings of Scandanavia.