For me the Giant's Causeway is one of the most fascinating places on earth, which you should have seen at least once in your life. You can imagine how excited I was to see this place for the first time!
As many of you know already I'm a really big fan of Ireland. The country as well as the people are awesome. No matter if it's the wild and unspoiled nature or the nice residents who are always happy to talk or have a song on their lips, Ireland is simply great.
My trip to the Giant's Causeway started with a rich irish breakfast, which offered beside the usual calorie bombs also selfmade orange marmalade with Whiskey. All I can say: Delicious!
My enthusiasm was damped a bit when we arrived at the parking space of the Visitor Centre and witnessed the masses there. Everything was crowded with cars and coaches, there where even Ushers. I should have known it! My bad mood was only temporary, which is due to the nice men of the valet parking service, who entertained us with their great humour while we waited for a parking space.
The audioguide is a must have!
To get to the ocean and therefore to the Giant's Causeway, you must go through the Visitor Centre. Here science and legends are brought to live. You will hear about the geological aspects of the causeway and you will get to know Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) and his family. There is of course also the obligatory gift shop, where you can get all kinds of souvenirs.
In the Visitor Centre you will get an audio guide, which I can only recommend.
On the one hand you will get great information on the
formation of the Causeway, on the other hand you will be entertained with all kinds of funny anecdotes and legends. From the Visitor Centre you can get to the Causeway by foot or you take the minibus (For a little extra charge).
On the way from the hills down to the sea you will learn that the Giant's Causeway consists of around 40.000 interlocking basalt columns, which are approximately 60 million years old. More than half of the columns are hexagonal, but there are also four, five, seven or eight sided columns to see. Additionally the Causeway was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.
But the entertainment, as usual in Ireland, doesn't come short. According to legend, the dam was build by the giant Fionn mac Cumhaill. Who was one day insulted by his scottish opponent Benandonner, after the insult he decided to build the dam to defeat Benandonner in a duel. But I don't want to spoil the end of the story. You can hear it while you are walking down the short path to the Giant's Causeway.
Trails with a view
For the athletic among you, there are many trails around the Causeway. There is the Causeway Coastal Path, which leads over seven stages along the irish north coast. The trail goes among some of the most beautiful places Northern Irelands, along the cliffs where you are granted a wonderful farsight. But there are also great trails along the Giant's Causeway, which you shouldn't ignore. You can get some information on these in the Visitors Centre.