Following on from the excitement of our visit to the Titanic Museum Belfast and the adventurous journey to Ireland where we almost missed the ferry, we honestly didn’t know what to expect next from our Northern Ireland trip. So far Ireland had been an experience of extremes. A true roller coaster of a ride.
However we had nothing to fear from the Giants Causeway. The visit to the national trust site on the County Antrim coast was breathtaking.
The Giants Causeway is a natural exposure of volcanic rock found along the coastline of Northern Ireland. The volcanic rock has formed into geometric shapes which almost look as though they’re man made.
The Causeway is steeped in myth and legend involving giant rivalry across the Irish Sea to Scotland. The full legend is explained in an animation displayed on repeat in the Giants Causeway visitor centre. Along with a collection of tasteful souvenirs, many of which are handmade in Ireland, and a large scale model of the Giants Causeway and how it appears along the coastline.
There was great discussion, over a picnic lunch, as to how the Giants Causeway was formed. Was the causeway truly formed by rival giants on the Irish and Scottish coast? Was the science of volcanic rock and erosion to be believed? Dylan, my eldest and most logical child, felt certain science was behind it. Darrell, my youngest man, felt drawn by the legend and myth of the giants. Nieve, the youngest in our crew just asked for more juice and was satisfied with a bus ride back to the visitor centre.
On this trip out we decided to opt for the audio descriptions which were a great way for the kids to find out about the myths as well as the science behind the causeway. I would recommend taking headphones as these make it easier to hear what’s being said.
The path down to The Giants Causeway was an easy downward slope with a tarmac pavement and there was a bus giving rides back up the moderate hill to the visitors centre for a £1 if your not great with hills. We took Nieve in the buggy as we thought it would be too far for her little legs. This was easily manageable as there were lots of us to take turns with her whilst the others went exploring onto the causeway itself. I wouldn’t say the rock formations were suitable for children under 4 to go walking on as there are areas that are slippy and there’s no barrier where the rocks meet the sea.
There’s a section of the causeway described as the windiest spot in Ireland and with good reason!
There’s also the camel and the giants organ.
The Giants Causeway has been on my bucket list for some time and I’m so glad we got to see it. It’s definitely somewhere I would like to visit again in the future and will always hold special memories for me.
Nieve was a bit bored but the boys had a fantastic time climbing and exploring the structures.
Another great day in Northern Ireland!