Visit one of Britain’s most impressive natural wonders! Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway is an awe-inspiring attraction owned by the Natural Trust.
Most Popular Attraction
The Giant’s Causeway is on a loop road between Ballycastle and Bushmills and is the most popular attraction in Northern Ireland. You can drive right in to the car park and although visiting the Causeway itself is free, parking is not. From the car park make your way through the Visitor Centre and follow the crowds around the path, it’s a bit of a walk but you can take the bus if you prefer.
This extraordinary phenomenon is made up of 40,000 basalt columns, formed by volcanic action some 50 million years ago! The causeway consists of interlocking stepping stones, mostly hexagonal, leading from the base of the cliff and disappearing out in to the sea.
The Legend of Finn MacCool
There are many versions of this Irish Legend, the most popular being that he is a mythical hunter-warrior who built the causeway as a stepping stone to Scotland. Fingal’s cave in Scotland is named after him and also features the same shaped (hexagonal) basalt columns that make up the causeway in Ireland. Pick up a story book from the Visitor Centre on your way through and read the story to your family as they sit on the rocks and bring this famous legend to life!
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
After all the mythology and science of rock formations you and your family will be ready for a bit of adventure so be sure to gead to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Originally constructed by fishermen who crossed to the rugged island of Carrick-a-Rede, this now serves as an exhilarating challenge – spanning as it does a chasm 20m wide and 30m deep. A maximum of eight people are allowed on the bridge at any one time and once across to the other side you can enjoy some spectacular birdlife and stunning coastal views of Rathlin and the Scottish islands. This part of the day might not be for the faint hearted but for everyone else it’s brilliant!
Highlight of the Day
Sitting on the rocks of the Giant’s Causeway conjuring up mythical stories
Nearest train station : Balleymoney, Port Rush and Coleraine
Car parking : On-site, chargeable
Website : www.northantrim.com