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  • Day20

    Beautiful Northern Ireland.

    August 17, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    I was not prepared for the constant and often very quick weather changes in Northern Ireland. Not only did I get completely drenched twice during the Giant's Causeway day trip, I also caught a cold. So you better value these pictures here after all I've been through... But in all seriousness, the Giant's Causeway was amazing! The other stops of the tour, e.g. Dunluce Castle or the Old Bushmills Distillery, did not find much attention due to my clothes' undesirable state of wetness. The next day, my guest family took me to see Castle Coole as well as the Marble Arch Caves in the southern parts of the country.Read more

  • Day40

    Giants Causeway

    August 13, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Mardi, 13 août 2019
    Le Giant's Causeway, seul site nord-irlandais, inscrit au Patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO, est au programme aujourd'hui. La dame de l'OT de Bushmills nous a réservé des billets pour le créneau de 10h et ça, c'était un bon conseil. Sous un ciel bleu, nous descendons, munis d'autoguides en français, jusqu'à la “chaussée”, construite selon la légende par des géants d'ici et d’en face en Ecosse. Fâché, ce dernier rentre au pays en détruisant derrière lui cette route, pavée de pierres à six côtés. Le site est de toute beauté et différents sentiers permettent de l'apprécier tantôt depuis en bas, tantôt depuis en haut. La dernière grimpée, les Shepherd's Step (162) nous font atteindre le haut des falaises. La habituelle rincée de midi nous mouille, malgré nos k-Way. Nous étudions l’expo du Visitor's Center, ce qui permet aux habits de sécher. Pendant que nous attendons le shuttle qui nous ramène à Bushmills, nous voyons l'immense colonne des visiteurs qui attendent leur tour.Read more

  • Day3

    Giant's Causeway

    May 9, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Der Giant’s Causeway (englisch für ‚Damm des Riesen‘, irisch Clochán an Aifir oder Clochán na bhFómharach) befindet sich an der nördlichen Küste des Countys Antrim in Nordirland, östlich des kleinen Städtchens Bushmills ca. 80 km von Belfast.

    Der Giant’s Causeway ist seit 1986 UNESCO-Welterbestätte. Er besteht aus etwa 40.000 gleichmäßig geformten Basaltsäulen, die ein Alter von etwa 60 Millionen Jahren aufweisen. Etwa die Hälfte der Säulen hat einen sechseckigen Querschnitt, es treten jedoch auch solche mit vier, fünf, sieben oder acht Ecken auf. Die größten der Steinsäulen haben eine Höhe von zwölf Metern.
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  • Day20

    Giant's Causeway

    June 26, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Wir stehen sehr früh auf und sind schon 8:30 am Giant's Causeway. Da das Besuchefzentrum noch geschlossen ist, orientieren wir uns an den Hinweisschildern. Wir laufen einen Klippenpfad entlang, mit einer Treppe und 162 Stufen steil herunter. Noch ein kurzes Serpentinenstück und wir sind da. Wir haben Glück, noch kein Reisebus in Sicht!
    Die Basaltsäulen sind sensationell und einzigartig. Es ist etwas ungewöhnlich, darauf herumzuballancieren. Aber es passt und wir haben die Zeit, uns in Ruhe auf einen Stein zu setzen und alles zu genießen!
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  • Day3

    3. Tag Irland Pt. I

    October 10, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Diesmal konnten wir auch nicht länger schlafen. Es hieß wieder um 5 aufstehen, da die Tour um 6:45 starten sollte. Es ging nach Nordirland!!
    Welches zu Großbritannien gehört und man nur mit Pfund zahlen kann. Unser erster Stopp war beim Dunluce Castle. Welches auch als Vorlage für die Serie Game of Thrones war. Leider konnten wir uns dies nur von weiten angucken.
    Dann ging es weiter zum Giants Causeway. Dieser besteht aus etwa 40.000 gleichmäßig geformten Säulen, welche meist sechseckig sind. Dort hatten wir dann ungefähr 2 Stunden zur freien Verfügung. Leider hat das Wetter diesmal nicht so mitgespielt und es hat nur geregnet. Dadurch waren die Wellen auch ganz schön groß! 🌊
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  • Day12

    Antrim Coastal Drive, Northern Ireland

    August 31, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Today was a beautiful sunny day with bright blue skies, a great day for sightseeing. Our first stop travelling from Derry was to the Dark Hedges, around 94 enormous Beech trees planted over two centuries ago. The avenue of trees appears in the series Game of Thrones.

    We then followed the Antrim Coastal Road to the Giant's Causeway, a massive expanse of interlocking basalt columns, a result of volcanic activity. The coastline on such a perfect day was breathtaking. The vivid blues and greens in such contrast to the grey of the basalt.

    Next we traversed the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. A rope bridge 30 metres above the sea that allows fishermen to access their boats off a headland point to catch migrating salmon. Now the rope bridge is used mainly as a tourist attraction but there was a boat on the adjoining island that the fisherman still use. In Larrybane Bay you could also see the remains of a fort which sat on the headland around AD800.

    We continued along the coastline where we saw pretty coastal villages, a patchwork quilt of fields, and desolate plateaus laced with pink heather. The sides of the hills were hedged by compact shrubs and blackberries to form "ladder farms". These run up the side of the valley and give each farming family an equal share of lowland pasture and steeper land which is used mainly for grazing sheep. After navigating blind summits, hidden dips and yield signs for sheep and cows we finally reached Belfast in the late afternoon.
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  • Day36

    Giant's Causeway

    October 9, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Today started out cloudy but with no rain and it stayed that way for most of the day. I imagined I could see the Scottish coast but I really don’t think I could see that far in this weather.
    I started out at the Giant’s Causeway and I had expected it to be a lot bigger somehow. I did enjoy listening to the stories on the audio guide. I’m glad I had headphones as most of the other people with audio guides seem to be struggling to hear them. I keep the cheap headphones from the hop on hop off buses for this very purpose.
    The stones in the Causeway are fascinating. Many different types in such a small area.

    Yesterday the car notified me that one of the tyres had low pressure. I put air in it and we were fine until the evening when it happened again. It happened again on the way to the Giant’s Causeway and so once I was done I found a service station, put air in the tire and rang the car hire company. I was informed that I was liable for the tyre and the cheapest option would probably be to have it repaired myself. Fortunately the service station I was at had a tyre repairer attached so I soon had it sorted out. Fortunately the tyre was able to be repaired. I’m not sure what it was - probably a small piece of glass or metal as it was no longer there. At £16.50 I think I got off quite lightly.

    I then wound my way down between the Glens of Antrim and the coast road to Belfast. The Glens were very pretty. Forrests mainly. I stopped at Glenariff Forrest Park and went for a short walk.

    I’m in Belfast for the next three nights.
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  • Day3

    Giant‘s Causeway

    May 9, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    WOW. That was really impressive!
    The giant‘s causeway are about 40’000 basalt columns which are about 60 million years old.
    They have a hexagon pattern and it looks just amazing and somehow magical, because it’s unbelievable that something can be formed so perfect.
    The irish legend say this dam was built by giants because they wanted to defeat the scottish Benadonner.

    On my way down from the visitor center it suddenly started raining so heavy that all my cloths were just wet, and i mean all of them🤦🏻‍♀️🌧
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