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The Causeway Coastal Route – In Photos

We have been really lucky with the weather during our time here.  While it’s generally been regarded as an awful summer full of cold and rain, whenever we’ve ventured out to explore, it seemed that the skies magically opened up for the sun to guide our way.

That was the truth, until we drove the Causeway Coast Route in Northern Ireland, and we were under a shroud of clouds and mist the entire time.  At first, we were keen on the cool, mystical quality it gave the lush and rugged coastline.  But then we were just cold. 

 

 

 

The Giants Causeway was Irelands first UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. There are 40,000 columns of interlocking basalt, much of it in perfect hexagons.

 

 

 

The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is a popular tourist attraction.  It connects the mainland to Carrick Island, is 20 metres long and 30 metres high, and is thought to once have been used by fisherman.

(Pete is a little nervous of heights).

 

 

View of the mainland from the other side.

 

 

47 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Oh wow! That rope bridge would have terrified me…looks like an awesome place, though. John has been there but I missed out =(
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    • It was kind of cool, but I’ve seen scarier bridges in Colombia – ha! There was also swarms of tourists that really took away from the experience, would probably have preferred to be there in the off season!

  2. Your photos are always amazing. I don’t think I would have made it over that rope bridge. You guys are very brave.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous. I agree with one of the previous posters. Your photos are amazing. However, I bet reality was even more spectacular.

  4. Literally just got back…and it was cold and windy..and the masses of tour buses just filled the place…off season it would be on any return! But such a beautiful coastline…. Also Ballycastle..what is going on there!!!
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    • Oh yes, the amount of people there was incredible. The whole bridge thing was kind of cool…but with all the people lined up on either side, waiting to go, it really took away from the “coolness” of it…

  5. Gosh, that looks cool. Thank you, once again, to volcanoes :)
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  6. The rope bridge is terrifying! I’m deathly afraid of falling and would never have made it. I love to zip-line, but the first time I went each line was connected by terrifying hanging bridges. It almost ruined the whole thing for me!
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  7. I was just at the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge one week ago. The Causeway was so otherworldly and the rope bridge was scary, but fun. It was raining heavy when I was on the other side of the bridge and the grass was slick.
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  8. Purrrty pics! Ireland looks gorgeous!
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  9. Aaahhhhhhhhhhh Such a sketchy bridge!
    I have always wanted to visit the giants causeway, I’ve only spent 3 days in Ireland, you two are making me want to move back there now! :)
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  10. It is so beautiful! I can totally undestand Pete’s fear, I cried like a baby last time I had to cross something like that. Great photos ;)
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  11. Oh that would have been so much fun! I love rickety (and non-rickety) bridges… :)
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  12. I cannot imagine taking a hand off the rope to snap that photo! haha, wow. These photos are gorgeous, I love the white in the cliffs.
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  13. If this doesn’t make people want to go to Northern Ireland, IDK what will. I submitted this on reddit.com also since I think you did a great job on the photos. Hope it helps you out!
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  14. Ireland is so insanely beautiful. What gorgeous photos! It would’ve taken me a lot of courage (and maybe a few shots) to cross that bridge though lol!
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  15. What a great photo essay! You’ve captured a wide range of perspectives but my favourite shot – by far – is the close-up shot walking along the bridge.
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  16. This is awesome! I didn’t make it here when I was in Ireland. But that rope bridge looks like a lot of fun!
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  17. I always see photos of the Causeway and it makes me want to see Ireland more and more. Great photos!

  18. omg… i wouldnt be able to cross that bridge!!!
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  19. I love photo posts … they’re so inspiring. I bet the views were worth the nervousness of crossing that bridge!
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  20. I didn’t get to see Northern Ireland when I visited the country last summer. I hope to get there again and explore Western and Northern Ireland. Nice photos!

  21. how gorgeous! although I can’t say i’d feel too thrilled with crossing that crazy bridge!:)
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  22. I did that!!! It was awesome. Great photos. Do they still charge money to go across that tiny bridge?
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