The Giant's Causeway is an area of thousands of interlocking basalt columns, the remnants of an ancient volcanic eruption, along the coast of Northern Ireland near the town of Bushmills. The area is owned by the National Trust and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visited as part of a tour of Northern Ireland with Irish Day Tours. There is a fee to enter the visitor center with gift shop and restrooms, but the walk to the causeway itself is free as part of the long-distance Coastal Causeway footpath. Although the hike down to the causeway is fairly short and easy, shuttle buses are available for those who don't want to make the trek. The basalt columns stretch out to the sea and according to legend, the causeway was built by the giant Finn MacCool, who used the causeway to reach Scotland. On a clear day, you can see Scotland in the distance, but only a giant could make it across! The area has wonderful coastal views and there are great opportunities to climb out on the rocks. Use caution as wet rocks can be very slippery. Besides the causeway, there are a few other neat features worth checking out. The Giant's Boot is an enormous boulder in the shape of a boot. The upper path along the top of the cliffs at Aird Snout provides a great bird's-eye view of the causeway from above. And the Shepherd's Path that leads from coastal level up to the top of the cliffs, including more than 100 stairs at the Shepherd's Steps provides breathtaking views of the area. There are even more spots, but we didn't have enough time to explore more. The Giant's Causeway is definitely an amazing place to visit and worth a trip if you're in Northern Ireland.
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