We took the “ordinary” path for travellers doing a road trip across from Scotland to Ireland.
An early morning departure from Glasgow, driving down the highways to Cairnryan; ferry across from Cairnryan to Belfast; One night in Belfast then a trip to the Giants Causeway as we moved south.
An “ordinary” path filled with extraordinary sights, however.
Welcome to one of the most beautiful places on earth (in my official opinion): The Giants Causeway.
Located on the northern end of Northern Ireland, the Giants Causeway is a spectacular part of the Giants Coastline, where there is about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption at the edge of the water.
Needless to say, it’s an incredible sight.
To get the the actual site itself, you do have to head through the visitor’s centre and purchase a ticket (£8.50 for an adult) which goes towards preserving the site under the UK National Trust.
For all other tourist info, head to the website.
Apart from those basics, I can’t really find any other words to express my feelings about this absolutely breathtakingly stunning location.
So I’ll let my photos do the talking:
Oh, and be aware: This place is tourist galore! Good luck trying to capture a photo without someone in it!
The point where there are all the stone columns (where the bus drops you off if you get the bus down from the visitor centre) is the most populated with tourists, and I think many believe that’s the only scenic part of the iconic location.
Promise me you’ll follow the path around the corner! In my opinion from there on is the most gorgeous part of all.
In addition, make sure you take the path up the hill to the vantage point.
Yes, I know it looks tough, believe me – I wasn’t convinced when Dan suggested we take the hike either.
I was already hot and sweaty and tired. But those steps and that steep hill was SO worth it for the amazing views.