I had heard about the Giant’s Causeway through reading other people’s experiences. I was intrigued. What really pulled me was how it was so far away from civilization. It was recommended to drive but I chose to let someone else do the driving. I am still getting use to driving on the wrong side of the road.
It turns out that the Giant’s Causeway is in Northern Ireland, at the top. A long drive. We were on the road early and it was foggy. Visibility, well lets just say I do not believe helicopters would be flying. When we stopped for a pit stop, I asked the driver if in his experience there would be fog at the causeway. In 20 years he had not seen it. He drives the route a couple times a week. I had hope.
As it turned out the fog did lift when we were driving the coastal road. We went through a town that Winston Churchill always stayed in. I watched the fog over the sea and saw blue skies in front of us.
That changed once we headed inland. The Giant’s Causeway was blanketed in fog. In a way it was a bummer but in another it added to the mystery of the Causeway.
Legend has it that the causeway was a pathway built by Finn McCool, an Irish giant to get to a Scottish giant of Benandonner on the Island of Staffa. Now Finn was a gentle giant and Benandonner was a bit of an aggressive sort. When Finn fell asleep on the pathway his wife heard Benandonner coming and thought he too big of a guy for Finn to beat. She put a blanket and bonnet on him to hide him. When Benandonner wanted to know where Finn was, she shushed him to not wake the “wee bairn”. Benandonner left destroying the pathway. Can you figure out why he [Benandonner] would do that? No cheating by googling.
The Giant’s Causeway is a World Heritage Site for geological reasons. The way the basalt cooled forming pillars is very unique. When you see the causeway you see the legend coming to life.
It is a walk down and around to the causeway from the interpretive centre. It is foggy but it does look like it is starting to lift. Blue skies are peaking through. We see a mass of stone flat top pillars of all different heights at the sea’s edge. At one point the pillars seem to be organized into a linear path.
There are conservation people making sure people respect the area to some extent. Do to the waves crashing onto the pillars we are not able to go pass a certain area do to safety. The pillars are slippery when wet.
There are tidal pools and people everywhere. It would be a great obstacle course. Magpie is having a ball jumping everywhere. Careful where you land or you end up with a soaker. Sometimes it does not look like there is a pool on top of the stones. The stones are very smooth and are almost geodesic in look.
The interpretive centre does cost to go into. The Giant’s Causeway itself does not. The centre does have lots of information on how nature formed the pillars.
As for the fog, it blanketed the area the whole time we were there and the driver and everyone we talked to were shocked at the fog being there. Oh well. It did not ruin the trip for us, it added to the mystery.