Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede - June 7th, 2012


We experienced a lot of rain on this day, but fortunately we went to the famous Giant's Causeway early in the morning, and were able to walk around there for a couple of hours before the rain hit. The Giant's Causeway is a strange set of hexagonal basalt columns, caused by rapidly cooling lava - they look manmade because of their regularity, but they are a naturally occuring phenomena.

Originally, we expected to spend most of the day walking along the cliffs of the Northern coast, but we only got as far as the Spanish Bay (so called because a galleon from the Spanish Armada wrecked on the rocks there, with the loss of over a thousand lives.) when the rain started up. We walked back to the visitor center, hoping that the rain would stop, but it persisted all through the afternoon.

We wanted to see the famous rope bridge out to the Carrick-A-Rede island, so we drove over there. Again, we had a bit of luck, because the rain eased up to just a misty drizzle, and we were able to see the bridge. It certainly wasn't crowded!

That evening we walked all around the small town of Portrush.

A map showing the hike along the north coast


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Giant's Causeway


Carrick-a-Rede