Northern Ireland isn’t exactly a popular tourist destination so we didn’t know which places to go to while we were there. As a result, we turned to the ever reliable source: Google. After narrowing down from a list of must-visit places in Ireland, we decided to pay a visit to Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
It was a 2 and a half hour drive from Dublin to Antrim (with a side stop in Belfast to visit the Titanic Museum, which I wrote about a while back). (One side note: my family and I always prefer to go sightseeing on our own instead of signing up with tour groups because we like going at our own pace and choosing the places to visit.) So we were no strangers to road trips, really, BUT this road trip was quite terrifying…because we had to drive on the left side of the road..asdfghjkl!!! Yes, we almost crashed. Yes, there were a lot of racing hearts and shortness of breaths in the car but we made it to Antrim in one piece! (Thanks to Mom and Dad for their pro driving skills)
Since I didn’t research about it prior to going, I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. I’m not even going to try explaining what it is…let’s get Google to help me out.
“Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, the Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.”
Yes, that’s what it is…and it is absolutely amazing.
We spent two and a half hours climbing up, walking around, and clinging onto the long columns.
If ever you’re in Ireland, it’s worth the drive going up to the Giant’s Causeway. Don’t think there’s anything like it in the world. (More pictures to follow.)