Friday morning we woke to what may have been the most beautiful, sunny, and surprisingly windy day of our trip. We were off to see Giant’s Causeway which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland. The Causeway is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption and is made up of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. The tops of the columns disappear as they descend down to the sea creating stepping stones.
I had never heard of Giant’s Causeway before, so I went there without any expectations. It happened to be that this was the place where I had my “Wow!” moment of the trip. When we arrived we were welcomed by the wind and ushered off to the path that lead up to the Causeway, along the walk we saw the incredible columns that had been formed by lava thousands of years ago. I had been caught up taking pictures of the columns when I realized that I was behind the rest if the group. I started hurrying to catch up with my friends when I decided that it was ok to slow down, take my time, and enjoy my walk. While doing this, I pulled out my phone to shoot a video of my walk, and winded up catching the best clip of the trip.
The columns created a wall of rock that juts out from the green hillside. At the edge, where the rock meets the land, there is a small doorway that once you are through, the path continues. As you turn the corner and cross the threshold, the land opens up to reveal an awe inspiring view of the shoreline where the sea meets the land and swirls and crashes into the rocks that live between the two. Here the salty sea foam floats and flys like someone has just shaken a snow globe. This is where I had my moment. As I was approaching the group, a sea foam tornado suddenly appeared. It twisted and twirled for just a moment before it became sea snow, but it was long enough for me to capture it on camera. In the video of the twister you can actually here me say “Wow!” It was one of the most amazing things I had ever seen, and I feel so lucky to be able to go back and watch it again whenever I need some inspiration.
After Giant’s Causeway we went to visit Dunluce Castle. The castle sits and the edge of a cliff and dates back to medieval times. We climbed down to a cave below the castle for some pictures before heading off to Belfast.
Enjoy the videos of Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle!