The Giant's Causeway - A Day Trip

Our fourth day in Ireland was spent making the long trek from Kilronan Castle to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland (so technically, we visited two countries on this trip, since Northern Ireland has been a part of the UK from 1922 on.)

The roadtrip was long, and slightly confusing (the A2 in Northern Ireland goes not only North/South, but East/West at a circle, as well - get your shit together UK), but absolutely beautiful with plenty to do before we actually reached the Causeway.

Our first stop of the trip was an unexpected find in Leitrim - an adorable town with plenty of Irish pride. We stumbled upon Hamilton's Castle ruins as we drove through town, and although the gates were closed, we managed to find the back wall collapsed, giving ourselves a self-guided tour of the land.

We passed some other roadside oddities like this rock formation that looks like the Egyption Sphinx to me (let me know if you agree!):

Once we hit Northern Ireland we explored a few ruins before crossing the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, a bridge originally erected by fishermen looking to check their salmon nets, it now is one of the most beloved tourist attraction in Northern Ireland, and once you get there, it's easy to see why.

Finally we arrived at the main attraction of the day, and the reason we drove three hours one way from our castle to the top of the country: The Giant's Causeway - and area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. It's not difficult to see why so many flock to this location every year. The area is steeped in beauty and mystery, with theories of its origin ranging from volcanic eruptions to giants building a walkway. Whatever story you choose to believe about this amazing formation, if you're ever in Ireland, I urge you to visit the causeway. 

With plenty to do for anyone from the novice sight-seer to the seasoned hiker, everyone will find something that keeps them happy here. Unfortunately, due to erosion, many of the more advance trails have been washed away in landslides, but there is still plenty of land to hike.