Dark Hedges to Giant’s Causeway
To see the most of what Ireland has to offer during my short stay, I went with a not so favorite option of mine, the tour bus route. In fact, I did two as I couldn’t, or well didn’t want to, choose between walking Giant’s Causeway and seeing Cliffs of Moher. Although, from what I heard the Cliffs could up being a disappointment, if the weather didn’t cooperate. And we all know how nice and predictable Irish weather is…
(In case you are interested, I picked Finn McCools Tours and had no complaints. The guides were nice, and the bus wasn’t full on either days so I could have two seats and hog the window. Which was perfect, as the Wild Atlantic Way route is really as spectacular as they say)
On the Giant’s Causeway tour from Dublin, the first stop on the way was Dark Hedges. I was looking forward to see this natural wonder (also because Game of Thrones, basic but obv), but it started to rain and there were just too many people/tour buses… so yeah…
You can really see it… this tunnel of twisted trees is slowly dying… at least I got there to see these ancient creates before it’s too lake.Up next, (after a brief stop at Dunluce Castle) is the main attraction of the day, Giant’s Causeway built by no other than the giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (or Finn MacCool), as the legend says.
Created by giants or volcanic eruption, this place is an absolute dream. The rain went away, and I spent the next few hours wandering around in absolute bliss.So many uniquely shaped (and colored) stones and at one place, for some reason, coins sticked into the cracks. They seemed to have been there for quite a while… I tried, you couldn’t get them out. Another mystery of this mythic land.
While we didn’t manage to reach the basalt columns in Iceland, seeing these in Ireland (kinda) made up for it. (I still definitely want to make it back to Iceland though. Because of – Northern lights and abandoned plane – reasons)The most adrenalin pumping part of the day was the crossing of Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
It’s actually not as scary as it looks, at all… (they do tell you not to take pictures while on it, because you can easily drop your phone/camera but I’m a bit of a rebel, yolo…)
And okay, I did see a few people turn back around, so maybe I’m only saying it’s nothing because I like heights.Anyway, once you are on the other side, you will get to see this (last picture). Totally worth it, in my opinion.
Still not the biggest fan of group tours, but day one (which I’m ending here, though we still went to Cushendun a village you probably didn’t hear about, but I felt sorry for the goat so no pictures… and Belfast where I only spent quality time in Primark…) was a pretty sweet experience.
Bring it on bus tour number two! Let’s explore more of Ireland (together). Part two
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