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When to Visit Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway attraction was almost a miss rather than a hit for us. After experiencing the harrowing crowds of the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, we thought there was no way we’d get to visit an even more popular attraction without having to queue up.

We made the decision that maybe we don’t have to see everything on our to-do list; maybe we don’t have to see Giant’s Causeway… and maybe we could just come back in 2 years and try again. 😉 So we explored the Cushenden Sea Caves, Dunluce Castle, Dunseverick Castle, hiked near the Mussenden Temple (after seeing the Dark Hedges and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge). We were sitting on the coastal cliff of the Downhill Estate, admiring the view of the Atlantic Ocean as evening began to set in, when husband turned to me, “We have less than an hour left until Giant’s Causeway closes. Should we try to make it?”

We ran the mile all the way back to the car and raced to Giant’s Causeway.

As it turns out, one of the best times to visit Giant’s Causeway is right before closing. 🙂

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  • Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site & 4th greatest wonder of the UK.
  • They are composed of approximately 40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea, the result of a volcanic eruption 66-56 million years ago.
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Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, UK - http://americanexpeditioners.com/giants-causeway
Godzilla survived the ancient volcanic eruption and saw the formation of Giant’s Causeway.

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The Giant.

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Get out of my picture Captain Morgan!

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I can’t take that one anywhere.

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Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, UK - http://americanexpeditioners.com/giants-causeway
Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, UK - http://americanexpeditioners.com/giants-causeway
Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, UK - http://americanexpeditioners.com/giants-causeway
According to Irish legend, the Giant Finn MacCool was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. They built a causeway across the channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland so the two could meet. Fingal’s Cave on the Scottish Isle of Staffa has identical basalt columns. You can read more about the funny legend here.

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Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, UK - http://americanexpeditioners.com/giants-causeway

According to the docent we spoke with at Giant’s Causeway, the least crowded and best times to visit are right at opening time or just before closing, which was when we visited. Giant’s Causeway turned out to be a hit. 🙂

Giant’s Causeway Overview

  • Address: 44 Causeway Rd, Bushmills BT57 8SU, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Fees: Adults £9; Child £4.50; Family £22
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Length: 1.2 Miles Out & Back. Shuttle option.
  • Pets allowed: Yes (on leash)
Tags : UNESCO