After the castle we headed to Giants Causeway, which is a world heritage site. It did not disappoint. The views were amazing as the mountains backed up to the ocean and we walked on a road constructed between the two. We were each given little hand sets that gave us a guided tour that had tons of info about what checkpoint you were standing.
Molly graciously modeled the device for me. It was pretty cool to have a guide that explained how all the rocks and landscape has developed over time.
It was really windy so we had to hold them up to our ears really close.
The landscape is characterized by these amazing rocks that developed to look like organized blocks, almost like ruins. It was breathtaking to see in person. While looking and climbing a bunch of rocks may not seem exciting, there certainly is a reason why this is a world heritage site….. these rocks are unlike anything you will ever see.
From the Giants Causeway guide book:
The Giant’s Causeway is steeped in myth and legend. Carved from the coast by the mighty giant, Finn McCool, who left behind and ancient home full of folklore. Local people here believe that between the hexagons, the mythical features carved out in the rocks and the tumbling sea, there’s real magic. You may not always see it straightaway, but come to this place, stand on the stones, uncover the legends, use your imagination and just wait. It won’t be long before you feel it.
It’s no surprise this place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A geological wonder with over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the Giant’s Causeway is the result of intense volcanic and geological activity. The Causeway provides a glimpse into the Earth’s most ancient past. An epic 60 million year old legacy to the cooling and shrinking of successive lava flows.
These flat rectangular rocks were grouped together and it was really cool to climb up and look at the view around us. Julie and I are pictured here taking it all in.
Something about the mountains and the sea puts me at peace. I had to keep pinching myself because I still cannot believe I get to go and see all these places.
Molly posing. We always make each other do the “awkward solo shot” so our mothers won’t scold us for not being in any photos.
The rocks are built up really high in places and we walked along them towards one of the most famous rocks on the site. Its odd shape made for some good photo opportunities.
It is shaped like a boot and is literally so random, but we still loved it. It was extremely slippery so we had to hold hands to get the perfect group shot.
Julie modeling the rock.
Just in case you were wondering… yes it was still windy no matter how low on the mountain we got and this was one of the best candid wind in hair moments I have ever taken. We were laughing so hard about this on the bus. The scenery behind Molly is gorgeous.