Perhaps you have a travel bucket list filled with destinations around the world which you plan to visit (hopefully sooner than later). Lists like these tend to contain big-ticket attractions and locales: the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Canyon, etc. Once you start to dig a little deeper into the hidden wonders all around the world, you’re going to want to update your list. Long travel lists may seem daunting, but with so many exciting spots to look forward, that’s a good problem to have.
One such place that we recommend wholeheartedly is Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. We recommend looking at some pictures to truly understand what the Causeway is, but we’ll try to explain it here as well.
Most people don’t know that Northern Ireland has a colorful volcanic history. Many epochs ago, a volcano released lava across the surface of the ground 3 miles (4.8 km) northeast of Bushmills. The lava slowly cooled, but not all depths of the lava cooled at the same rate. So, as one layer dried, a deeper layer remained molten. As these deeper layers cooled, they shrunk, causing the higher levels to crack and pull apart. These fractures weren’t random – they formed unique pentagonal columns that fit together like a puzzle, creating a walkable surface that boggles the mind.
The Giant’s Causeway is a geometrical natural wonder unlike anything you’ll see in the rest of the world. A guided bus tour is available from Belfast from Allen’s Tours. This tour will explain the historical and geological points of interest that made and make the Giant’s Causeway such a fascinating locale. You’ll learn about how these ancient structures existed through some of humanity’s most important events and periods.
But a visit to Giant’s Causeway isn’t all about looking and learning; it’s also a very hands-on experience. You can do much more than watch from the sidelines. Once you depart your tour bus, you’ll be able to walk along the unique floor, take pictures, and even climb some of the higher basalt columns that tower overlooking the water they border.
In this way, the Giant’s Causeway is a perfect day trip for individuals, couples, and families. All ages will find something engaging about this trip. Anyone with eyes will find the gorgeous and austere structures impressive. Those with a mind for history, both human and natural, will find many points of interest in the guided tour. Those who like a physical challenge will enjoy walking, climbing, and exploring the massive area covered by the Giant’s Causeway. The budget-conscious in your party will be pleased at the price and payoff of this journey.
Once you’re done at Giant’s Causeway, great food and attractions lie in nearby villages. You’ll have a lot to talk about and remember from your day trip, so take a break, have a bite, and a cold drink at one of the charming villages. Make sure to take plenty of pictures, because you’ll want to impress upon your friends who didn’t have the privilege of joining you the excitement of your trip to Giant’s Causeway.