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IRELANDS ANSWER TO THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Giants CausewayLast September Helen and I spent two days driving down the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Last weekend we found somewhere equally as beautiful and much closer to home – the Causeway Costal Route. This is a stretch of road along the coast of Northern Ireland running from Belfast to Londonderry and it is stunning.

The Great Ocean Road has the Twelve Apostles as its stand out feature and, not to be outdone, the Causeway Costal Road has its own – the Giant’s Causeway. This is a natural rock formation jutting out into the sea made up of hundreds of hexagonal columns. It is one of the most amazing places I think that I have ever visited. The pictures don’t really do it justice and has to be seen to be believed. Get there early, before the buses and crowds, and see it at its best.

From there we took the short drive up the coast to Carrack-a-Rede and the narrow rope bridge from the mainland to the tiny rock outcrop overlooking the tip of Scotland.

We both had a great couple of days in NI and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. There is a small selection of photos below and many more can be found here.

Belfast Belfast

Londonderry Carrick-a-Rede

Giants Causeway Giants Causeway