I remember the Throne and the Organ (like a church organ, not a personal one!) more than any of the other named structures.
21 reviews of Giant's causeway in English
While in Northern Ireland to visit Bushmills, I had the opportunity to check out the so called “eighth wonder of the world” - The Giants Causeway. It certainly was a stunning sight to behold! Fortunately, it was a gorgeously clear and sunny day on my visit and I was able to see all the way to Scotland!
The Causeway, a natural occurrence of what looks like randomly assembled manmade pilings, is otherworldly and perplexing. Set on the shore of an emerald and dramatic coastline, it's well worth a look see.
Just down the road, Bushmills Inn is a good base if you're keen to stay in the area for awhile, while considering how beautiful it is already there, wouldn't be a bad idea at all. I'd be glad to visit again but I'm not so sure I'll get as lucky with the weather next time.
More about my Bushmills visit:
Again this is another tourist attraction on my doorstep. It is looked after by the National Trust. Someone said its just rock - but have you ever seen rocks formed in a hexagone which have been formed naturally?
The coastal scenery is magnificant and ideal place for photo opportunities. There are various lengths of walks you can take around the coast but you need to quite fit to do them all. Can be quite windy even on a nice day but then thats NI weather for you!
In the care of The National Trust, this place is one of nature’s wonders. The hexagonal stone pillars are like nothing I’ve ever seen before. They really must have been made for a giant to walk on! Excellent food and snacks at the National Trsut café, with a local pub within a stone’s for those of you who prefer a drop of the hard stuff.
It was, for sure, a blustery, stormy day which somehow put the Causeway in some kind of setting. Atlantic rollers (more like the tsunami breath of the Giant) roared in to commit beautiful devastation. The Causeway itself was smaller than I had imagined, but I was nonetheless struck at the sheer strangeness of the site with its huge hexagonal stacks like an unearthly 3D chessboard played out between sea and sky. I tried to take pictures, but the Causeway, like all impressive sites, just won’t fit inside a camera. The tourists there (and there were many) were suitably chastened by the sight, and little conversation was heard. It is a true “wow factor” place. For those of you who wish to combine two of Ireland’s greatest pleasures (oh, and save some money by NOT paying for the car park!!) the Causeway Inn serves fine food at reasonable prices, and provided a warm haven before we set out sight-seeing!
You have to love the Giants causeway as its prob the most famous thing about NI. However try to bisit during the summer as it is always freezing!! Its quite a steep walk down to the rocks however there is a little bus that runs down which is free for national trust members and parking is free for national trust members too. However entry is a little costly for everyone. You def have to visit here at least once in your life!!
The Causeway is definately a place of natural beauty, which of course has to be paid for. You pay for parking and if ya want to get the bus down the windy road thats extra too. We decided to walk and it was a tad longer than what we thought but it really is a lovely place. Perfect for blowing away the cobwebs. It’s great to see that such beauty has been preserved so well over the years
Must see for visitors. A couple of times in 20 years is enough for me. Once you have seen it thats it, it hardly changes each time you go!
Amazing scenery, nice walk and beautiful coast line. Not much else to do while there but couple of small shops etc.
The Giant’s Causeway on the north coast is unique and definately worth a visit. If it is a typical Northern Irish day, you will be blown to pieces by the strong winds, so take care if you go along the walks on the top of the cliff, but the sea crashes against the rock formations in a way which you wont find anywhere else. The hexagon shaped rock pillars are so unique and there are formations of pillars with folk lore attached to them which you will be able to read about in the guide book. National Trust run the place, so typical rates for car parking etc. great afternoon.
We always go here with visitors, it is a very impressive place. On a nice and sunny day it is nice to walk along the stones and just watch the sea. Beautiful photo opportunities on a windy day when the waves are crashing against the stones. It’s £5.00 for the car park as it isn’t owned by the National Trust. But the bus to the Giant’s Causeway from the visitors centre is free to National Trust members.
a traditional place to take visitors for sure, almost any time people come and stay in northern ireland they seem to go, personally as far as i’m concerned i have seen it and thats that, but i suppose the sight from the top of the cliffs is quite amazing, be careful not to hold onto an umbrella at the top though, or you will soon be doing a mary poppins out across the sea, as the wind gets very boisterous up there. always good fun to go out to the throne (cant remember if thats the official name, its like a chair made out of rocks) and get a group picture done, seems to be the in thing :P
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knibbd, 7 October 2008:
First of all can i just say, the Giants Causeway is not in Portrush. It is closer to Bushmills, which is where you will find the oldest whiskey distillery in the world!! The Giants Causeway is natures beauty at its very best!!
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knibbd, 26 September 2008:
To proxy and Pinky - see my review about the placing! Edradour is an awful place to find, but well worth it! It’s probably the most picturesque distillery in the world as well as the smallest!
knibbd, 4 October 2008:
Sorry - only just found this comment added. Haven’t reviewed all the distilleries I’ve visited - take too long! Will add them as I remember them. Vividly remember time spent here as Ben Romach also in the vicinity, wonderful tour guide in full highland dress but with whiskey baseball cap and didn’t look wrong! Sampled as many whiskies as myself… and that’s no mean feat!
Can’t be riveted with boredom as I live to read.
probably Northern Irelands most famous tourist attraction, it really is beautiful. Not much else to do apart from look at it tbh following a fire at the tourist centre a few years ago. Well worth a visit tho.
Truly a wonder of the natual world, this rather spectacular volcanic phenomena looks a bit like a lego board!!
The stone 'Causeway’ really does look as though stones have been neatly stacked at differing heights. This has been caused by a volcanic eruption and cooling at different rates by the sea. There is a theory that the Causeway was once linked to Scotland….
Legend has it that the Causeway was built by giants who did warfare between Ireland and Scotland.
In the nearby community a country house was built by Lady Churchill during the potatoe famine….another British faux pas! We prospered and did nothing to help the Irish.
Well worth visiting, just to feel the disbelief of what you are looking at! Or jumping around on, in my case!
The Giant’s Causeway is a truly wondrous and totally breathtaking place of “difficult to believe” natural beauty! It would be just about impossible not to have your breath taken away and a pint of guiness poured by a true Irishman is just the additional treat after you have enjoyed the wind in your sails!
I’ve already put a review of this on the site “Giant’s Causeway, Londonderry” - someone must have an enormous earth mover! or the giant’s themselves have come back.
Make sure you don’t try the full walk as this can take well over three hours! I agree with all the comments about the views and how spectacular it all is, also don’t miss Bushmills distillery - the storage area in particular, where you can get drunk just by breathing!
It is a must for those who find the way to Northern Ireland. But don’t forget to visit the distillery of Bushmills. Thus, no better whiskey anywhere, supposed u drink the malt of 12 years. And if u come to Portrush to eat something, don’t forget to pass Portstewart. This is the greater town, with the great Anquer pub. Does it still exist??
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