Located in the North of the island, in the whiskey-known Bushmills area, the Giant’s Causeway is one of the top attractions when it comes to Northern Ireland. Even if it is quite hard to get there with the public transport (check this website), the place it’s something you shouldn’t miss.
There are 2 legends about the place, but the one I like most is the following: there was 1 man from the Irish coast having a fight over the sea with a giant from Scotland. The giant threatened the man and in the end he came in Northern Ireland to have a face-to-face conversation. When the man heard about this, he was so frightened that his wife disguises him as a baby. In the moment of seeing the baby, the giant thought that the father of the baby would be much bigger and stronger than him, so he ran and he produced the causeway as it is today. Of course, this is only a legend, the causeway is formed from basalt rocks and columns, a consequence of a volcanic eruption from the ancient times.
Outside the stunning view of the sea fighting with the basalt rocks, the area is itself part of a fairy tale. The green cliffs submerging the sea, the white houses from the horizon, the small islands segregated by the mainland and in the end a extremely beautiful sunset over the Bushmills county.
Because we got so late in the area we didn’t had time to visit the Rope Bridge, so we headed to the Dunluce Castle, which is like 20 minutes driving from the causeway. It is improper to name the building a castle, since most of it is not there anymore. The remains of what used to be a important medieval one, are situated on the cliff, confronting the fury of the sea. I think you can also walk from the Causeway to the Castle, a trail I would like to do someday.
For us, the next stop for the day was in Derry, a town at the border with Republic of Ireland, still having in the center the medieval wall to walk on. It was already dark outside, so we’ve just stopped to eat something and then we got back to Belfast. Derry is for sure still on my list along with the west coast of the island, which we missed in this trip.
For now, this is the last post regarding the trip to Northern Ireland. The experience was positive, the people are friendly, joyful and very pleasant to have them around. Compared with the experience in the Prague’s airport (a guy yelling to a customer, a girl not wanting to give directions and generally wrong attitude towards tourists), the experience in Belfast City airport was from another planet: people calling my name at the security check, asking “how are you?” (OK, “how u doing” is instead of “hello”, but they were also answering to my “how u doing”) and the girls from the duty free shop that gave us a lot of whiskey to taste, even if we already payed for one bottle. Usually the way you say goodbye is the only one making you to go back, this small peace of land, called Northern Ireland, is for sure a destination no one should miss. And look at the amazing sky we had on the way back! It’s Irish good luck, for sure!
PS: the photos are taken with a Sony camera, edited with Snapseed app. Even if some of the seem unreal, this is actually what you see with your own eyes too.