Thursday, April 5, 2012

Giant's Causeway and Rope Bridge

No this is not Fion MacCool!
Stones of Giant's Causeway

Our adventure today was to drive from Dublin, where we are staying, to Coleraine and the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, and home again in the same day.  Why? I hear you say.  Well it is the only day left here in Dublin for us to do so.  Too far from County Clare, where we have rented a cottage for the next two weeks.  So drive there we did!  The journey was a long one, we were on the road for 8 hours.  But, oh how worth it it was!  What a miracle of nature the stones of the causeway are.  

Eddie enjoying the view
We even found time to take a side trip to walk across the rope bridge at Carrick-a-rede.  A very long walk to get to it, then deep breaths and across the planks suspended by ropes over the sea to the rock outcrop, then enjoy the spectacular views of ocean and islands.  Yes, you can see Scotland! 
Look how clear and blue the water is surrounding the rock island.  the rope bridge was first put in place and used by salmon fisherman to cross to the island to fish.  They had to carry their fishing equipment across and on the way back also their catch!
 And just to show all the doubters at home . . . here I am on the bridge looking quite relaxed and in total control.  Even though the bridge is just planks on ropes and is suspended above the ocean.  The bridge span is 65 feet and is 100 feet above the water!

This photo shows just how pleased I was with myself for making it across.  Of course this was taken BEFORE I had to go back!

The section of the drive back to Dublin, down the coastal road from Coleraine to Belfast, hugs the coast most of the way and would be the most picturesque and astoundingly beautiful journeys I have made.  Well done Mother Nature and Northern Ireland!