Susan & Richard's European Adventure 2013 travel blog

Giant's Causeway, a World Heritage Site

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Finn McCool's boot

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Irish Watermill


On the northern coast of Ireland is a very unusual place called the Giant's Causeway. It is some of the most amazing landscape that I have ever seen. I will try to explain it but take a look at the photos. It is hard to describe and we all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. There are about 40,000 basalt columns along the seashore. Each column is about 18 inches across and is either 6,7,or 8 sided and up to 40 feet in height. The formation looks like stepping stones across the seashore. The formation was created by volcanic lava flow cooling under water but I think the better story is that of the magical giant Finn McCool. Finn wanted to go to Scotland but didn't like getting his feet wet so he built the causeway. Along with the causeway you will also find Finn's boot, his camel, his grandma and the chimneys on his home in the side of the mountain.

Another stop was at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. It is a swinging rope bridge traversing a wide chasm between the mainland and a small island. In days past, salmon fishermen used the bridge to haul in their fish nets. Unfortunately, the North Atlantic Salmon are extinct and the bridge is now used to haul in sightseers. It wasn't as scary as advertised but it was a beautiful view. We could see across the water to Scotland in the distance.

We are now camped in the small town Cushendall along the coast in the area known as the nine glens (valleys). Last night we walked into the village to listen to some traditional music at the local pub. The pub was an old, old house with tiny little rooms. We sat in the "living room" on a couch with the musicians right in front of us. My knee kept hitting the knee of the fiddler. There were 7 musicians. They were not a formal band, just local people dropping in to play. Most were retired folks but the fiddle player was a younger man who actually played with Dolly Parton in the USA. In the room were people from England, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and of course USA. Everytime someone new came into the room, someone would point us out and tell him or her that we were from America - Arizona. Almost everyone would proceed to tell us about their trip to America and often the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Also, just about everyone we talked to has at least one brother, sister, cousin, child, etc. living in America. I have read that there are more Irish in America than in Ireland. We had a really wonderful time at the pub, listening to music and talking to the Irish. The music in the Irish pubs almost never starts until 10 pm so it was a late night for us. Tomorrow we will continue down the east coast and should reach Belfast where we plan on staying for a few days.



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