Blogs from Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe


The incredible and magical Giant’s Causeway has awed and astounded millions of tourists over the years with its mystique and uniqueness, but long before it became easy or common for world travelers to journey to the County Antrim UNESCO World Heritage site, wonder has always surrounded the story of its creation. We know now the true yet still amazing reason for its existence and how the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns perfectly shaped into hexagons, were created through volcanic activity some 50 to 60 million years ago. And yet, with the mystical atmosphere that hangs over the mighty Causeway, it almost seems that the myths and legends that have been told by storyteller after storyteller (and I’m about to add myself to that list), would make for more appropriate tales. My story begins when I boarded a ... read more
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Tired only because today was AWESOME. We negotiated our way out of Belfast City with 'not-total-ease' until eventually we hit the country road. First stop was the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim and its castle which gives the town its name. It is a most imposing monument and a well preserved medieval structure. It was begun in 1177 by Anglo-Norman conqueror John DeGourcy. It was besieged by the Scots, Irish, English and French and played an important military role up to 1928. The town and its small but protected fishing harbour is beautiful. Extremely clean. We drove the A2 (Giants Causeway coastal route) for the majority of our journey today with intermittent off shoots through narrow, winding roads walled in by stone walls or trimmed hedges even seemingly out-in-nowhere. Throughout our journey today we commented ... read more
Glenarm Marina

Dear All Greetings once again from London, and this is my travel blog entry for my second full day in Northern Ireland. As mentioned, I only planned to write up one entry for my four-day trip to Northern Ireland this half-term holiday, but found that my travels and experiences there were just so wonderful that I couldn’t possibly do the trip justice by just writing up one entry. So this is my second of three. In my last, I wrote up about my first full day in Belfast. In this one, I plan to write up about my second full day, in which I decided to take a full day “Paddywagon” bus tour up north, to the beautiful and seriously stunning area known as the Causeway Coast. I had actually been hoping to visit this area ... read more
Giant's Causeway
Me, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
The Dark Hedges

A port call in Belfast provided the opportunity to see a bit of Northern Ireland. The region appeared peaceful now, after so many years of factional strife. We selected another Paddywagon Tours excursion as our port tour at Belfast. Our first stop out of Belfast was at the Dark Hedges. The Dark Hedges is a line of 18th century Beech Trees along Bregnagh Road in County Antrim. They are very mysterious looking, like something out of Tolkien. In fact, the road and the overhanging trees were used in filming the TV series Game of Thrones, where they appeared as the King's Road. Other productions have also made use of their menacing appearance. The trees were planted ca. 1775 along the entrance road to Gracehill House. The entrance drive has long since become a public road. (Gracehill ... read more
The Dark Hedges
The Dark Hedges
Dark Hedges

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