The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland's most famous landmark, is not all about the 'stones', though most people come, see and leave within an hour. The causeway, made of hexagonal interlocked basalt columns, is together with the stunning Causeway Coast a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It takes its name from the legends of Irish Giant Finn MacCool and his Scottish rival (check out my earlier posts for the story). Undeniably a unique site, but don't come to see just the stones here. The volcanic cliffs along the coast make for a truly amazing scenery. I highly recommend the approx. 16km coastal walk between Ballintoy and the Giant's Causeway, but if you want to shorten, then you can start from the Dunseverick Castle ruins. This 7km section of the trail is easier and you will have the most spectacular cliff views as you approach the giant's home (the other way around, you will need to leave one eye behind). Even shorter is the sign-posted yellow trail starting from the visitors center area. It's about 2.8km long and ends at the Hamilton Seat, marking the border of the heritage site.
Pictures don't do it justice, but here are some impressions from our long hike.