The Giant’s Causeway Part 2

So many hexagonal rocks...

So many hexagonal rocks…

After climbing around on the rocks for a while, Kristen and I decided to explore the “Organ”, which was further away and up a trail.

Over there.  You can also sort of see the chimneys to the left.

Over there. You can also sort of see the chimneys to the left.

The funny thing is that the trail from the beach to the Organ was only big enough for 1 person to walk along.

Actually, no, the funny thing is that there were workers and machinery on the trail, digging up the ground and laying sod.  Considering how it was the only trail to get up to the Organ from the beach we had no choice but to go through the workers (who were nice and stopped for us).  There weren’t many others along the path or up at the Organ – probably because they weren’t sure if they were allowed on the path.

No, wait, the really funny thing is that the workers seemed to making the path even smaller.  A path that wasn’t big enough for 2 people to walk side by side was being made even smaller.

Dear Giant’s Causeway.  Tourism.  You’re doing it wrong.

There aren’t a lot of signs around the area either.  If you didn’t research the area beforehand, you’ll not really be sure where anything goes.  We basically saw a path and figured ‘let’s see where that goes’.  We’re lucky that the path going to the top of the mountain didn’t bring us further away from the Causeway.

Also, there aren’t a lot of railings and the paths are slightly tilted, so when you’re walking along a cliff-side you have to be careful that you don’t fall over the edge.

One of the few signs we saw.

One of the few signs we saw.

The Organ was actually pretty cool.  It’s like pipes or teeth or very tall rocks.

Extreme close up!

Extreme close up!

[I have better pictures of the Organ, but I did not upload them, for some strange reason.  Ooops.]

After we had taken enough pictures we noticed a path that went up to the top of the cliff.  Kristen (who has a lot of energy) wanted to climb up.  Even though I was feeling under the weather I figured I might as well go with her.

Going up the mountain. Notice the lack of safety rails and the not-quite-groomed-path.

Going up the mountain. Notice the lack of safety rails and the not-quite-groomed-path.

It was a tough climb (for me).  But once we made it to the top the views were amazing:

the right side.

the right side.

And the left side.

And the left side.

Our walk around the Causeway took up the 2 hours we had at the site, so we didn’t get a chance to eat (the theme of our day), but it was awesome and beautiful.  I easily could have spent another hour at the area.

You don’t have to do the topside (no hexagonal rocks up there), so that can save you time, but if you like looking down on beautiful scenery it’s worth it.

Also, take some time to sit on the hexagonal rocks and look out at the water.  They’re strangely comfortable.

And don't forget to take the obligatory "thoughtful" photo.

And don’t forget to take the obligatory “thoughtful” photo.

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