".GIANTS CAUSEWAY--CARRICK-A-REDE." Antrim by wanderingbilly

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FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS

THE ANTRIM COAST ROAD HAS SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COASTLINE ON EARTH. IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD IT IS POSSIBLE TO ENCOUNTER ALL FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY, BUT NO MATTER WHAT WEATHER YOU HAPPEN TO FIND HERE THE SCENERY WILL BLOW YOUR MIND...IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF STUNNING, AND IT IS ALL HERE JUST WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED. THE DRIVE FROM LARNE TO PORTRUSH WILL SEE YOU TRAVEL THROUGH ONE PRETTY SEASIDE TOWN AFTER ANOTHER, ALL SET ALONG THIS STUNNING COASTLINE.
SO ON YOUR TRIP TO NORTHERN IRELAND MAKE SURE YOU TAKE TIME TO ENJOY WHAT I WILL NEVER TAKE FOR GRANTED..THE ANTRIM COAST.

THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY LEGEND.

LEGEND HAS IT THAT IRISH GIANT, FINN MAcCOOL BUILT THE CAUSEWAY SO HE COULD CROSS THE SEA TO FIGHT THE SCOTTISH GIANT BENANDONNER. ON ARRIVAL HE FOUND THE SCOTTISH GIANT ASLEEP BUT SEEING THAT BENANDONNER WAS MUCH BIGGER THAN HE WAS HE FLED BACK TO IRELAND. NOT LONG AFTER FINN'S WIFE HEARD THE ANGRY SCOTT GIANT COME RUNNING ACROSS THE CAUSEWAY, SO SHE DRESSED FINN IN A BABY'S SHAWL AND BONNET AND PUT HIM IN A CRIB. WHEN BENADONNER CAME BANGING ON FINN'S DOOR MRS MAcCOOL WARNED HIM NOT TO WAKE FINN'S BABY..ON LOOKING INTO THE CRIB AND SEEING THE SIZE OF THE BABY THE SCOTTISH GIANT THOUGHT IF THIS IS THE SIZE OF FINN'S BABY THEN MAcCOOL MUST BE HUGE, AT THAT HE TURNED AND FLED BACK TO SCOTLAND RIPPING UP THE CAUSEWAY AS HE WENT.

THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY FAIRYTALE...

SOME SILLY PEOPLE TEND TO BELIEVE THAT THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY WAS FORMED WHEN 60 MILLION YEARS AGO MOLTEN LAVA THAT FLOWED ALONG A VALLEY IN THE CHALK BEDS COOLED AND HARDENED, AND OVER A PERIOD OF TIME CRACKED AND SPLIT THUS CREATING THE HEXAGONAL COLUMNS THAT YOU SEE HERE TODAY.
BUT AS WE ALL KNOW THIS IS MERE FAIRYTALE, THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY IS THE HANDYWORK OF IRISH GIANT FINN MAcCOOL, AND I FOR ONE WILL NOT BE TELLING HIM ANY DIFFERENT.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:THE COASTLINE...THE VIEWS...THE MEMORIES..
  • Cons:FOUR SEASONS IN ONE HOUR..
  • In a nutshell:A TRUE WONDER OF THE WORLD AWAITS YOU..
  • Last visit to Antrim: Apr 2007
  • Intro Updated May 28, 2007
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