So as you may have seen in my Summer Bucket List that one of the things I wanted to do this summer was become more of a tourist in my own country (that is Northern Ireland, if you didn’t know already!) I’ve lived here all my life and having moved away, I realised that I haven’t done a lot of the tourist-y stuff in a very long time (if ever!)
I took my first step to completing this bucket list last week when my lovely friend Susie from England came out to visit. So our first trip was to the Giant’s Causeway.
This is a World Heritage Site which is made of these hexagon pillars that stretch right along the coastline. A real spectacle if you have never seen anything like it! (Which is unlikely if you’ve never been to here or Scotland!)
You can get right out to the sea’s edge on the pillars but if it’s choppy and slightly windy (like is was when we were there – typical Northern Ireland summer) they do stop you from going too far out.
One of the things I enjoy most about the Causeway is the mythical side of it – it’s all to do with giants and folklore so you can get really immersed in the story of Finn McCool and it leads you around the Causeway where you can see his ‘boot’ and ‘chimney’ and such – it’s a really nice little touch!
We decided that we would take the coastal cliff route back to the Information Centre but little did we know it would end up being our leg workout for a month. There were SO. MANY. STEPS. The view when we were up there, however, made it all completely worth it. The clouds scattered and the sun shone through, illuminating the scene with green and it really felt like we were on holiday not on my own home turf!
We then left the Causeway and headed about 20 minutes round the coast to our other stop of the day.
The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is only for the people not scared of heights (still not 100% sure why I went!)
It’s essentially just some rope and wood you cross to get to a small island. This may not seem like much but the views you get are simply unbelievable.
We were certainly fortunate enough to have the sun on our side for this one because I can’t imagine this view on a rainy day – it’s all just far too beautiful. Sea and cliffs for as far as the eye can see.
Crossing the bridge was absolutely terrifying but also terrifically fun! Because of the minimal material the bridge is made of, it does feel a bit like walking on nothing across a cliff. (Certainly not one for the faint-hearted!)
And with our hearts pounding, our feet hurting and the smell of sea firmly engulfed into our hair, it was time to head home.