Not to blow our own trumpets (we’re absolutely blowing our own trumpets) but we do like to think that our little green island is home to some of the world’s most magnificent scenery and the Causeway Coast Way is no exception.
However, it’s not just the scenery that has us raving about this route. The way is also steeped in legend and mythology. Here are just some of the reasons why we love it so much.
The Causeway Coast Way gets its name from the UNESCO certified Giant’s Causeway, a spectacularly unique landscape characterised by 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Geographers like to think that the landscape was created as a result of volcanic activity hundreds of years ago but we know the real story.
A long time ago there lived a giant named Fionn MacCumhaill (MacCumhaill is a big deal in Irish mythology and is sometimes a giant, depending on the situation). When challenged to a battle with the Scottish giant Benandonner, Fionn built the causeway as a bridge between Scotland and Ireland so that the two giants cold meet and thus engage in battle.
How the story ends is subject to interpretation but of course, we know that our hero won.
One of our favourite parts of the Causeway Coast Way is the fear-inducing Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. The bridge, which crosses a 30 metre deep chasm between the mainland and the Carrickarede island, was built 250 years ago by salmon fishermen in order to gain the optimum position for catching fish. Not for the faint of heart, the 20 metre long bridge has been known to sway, we don’t recommend looking down.
For those of you not so keen on crossing swaying elevated rope bridges you’ll be pleased to find that crossing the bridge is entirely optional!
The Irish accent has been voted the best accent in the world on a number of occasions but the one that really makes us go weak at the knees is the sing-songy brogue from the Northern part of the country. It’s not just the accents though, the people are also exceptionally lovely.
Unless you’ve been living under the Giant’s Causeway for the past three years, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that you’ve heard of a little something called Game of Thrones. Ireland has been used as filming locations for a number of scenes in the HBO series. The Causeway Coast Way passes through the village of Ballintoy, which was used for the fictional town of Pyke on the Iron islands. The route also includes the Larrybane headlands aka Game of Thrones’ “Stormland”.
Game of Thrones nerds can read more about walks inspired by the HBO series on our blogpost: Game of Thrones Inspired Walks.
For more information about walking and cycling in Ireland or to book your Causeway Coast Way trip contact our travel specialists.