Blow away the cobwebs with a three day walk along the magical Irish Coast
The setting alone marks this out as a site of elemental majesty. The huge, rolling waves of silver-blue Atlantic, pound tirelessly against the shore and a half-circle of dark, menacing cliffs bites up at the sky.
Balanced between the towering crags and the infinite sea, however, stands the real source of this salt-sprayed place�s mystery and awe. It is where legends tell of bitter, ancient, feuds, and where an even older story of our violent and fire-filled earth is carved in stone. It is the Giant�s Causeway � unquestionably one of Britain�s greatest wonders.
A sloping ramp of geometric rock columns that juts into the mighty ocean, the Causeway is a key milestone along the Causeway Coast Way. To walk this 33-mile trail along the Antrim Coast, start at Portstewart and pass neat seaside towns with pretty rows of colourful Georgian terraces, small stone harbours and long open beaches.
Dramatic and exhilarating
Arriving at the Causeway on the second day, edge as far as you dare along the pillars of rock into the wild and roaring sea and it�s easy to imagine the fabled Irish giant Finn McCool building his bridge to Scotland to fight the giant Fingal.
Leaving the Causeway behind, the trek up a steep path to the cliffs surely ranks as some of the most dramatic and exhilarating walking in Ireland. Thanks to the dizzying thrill of height, the raw purity of the salt breeze and the constant exposure to the ever-changing mood of the sea.
At Bengore Head, the highest point of the walk, the waves break against the rocks more than 300ft below, while gulls, ravens and fulmar burst from below the cliff edge, carried on boisterous wind. The cliffs stretch for miles in either direction, broken by sheer sided bays. To the north you can clearly see Scotland�s Mull of Kintyre, the silhouettes of Islay and Jura.
Walking onwards the cliffs recede and drop down to sea-level. You�ll pass tiny Portbradden church � the smallest in Ireland. Scramble around the cliffs and you�ll reach the glorious sandy sweep of White Park Bay. Then test your nerves on the famous Carrick-a-rede rope bridge at Ballintoy that carries visitors across a deep chasm to a small island.
After three days the of exhilarating walking you�ll finish your journey at Ballintrae, full of enthusiasm, for all the sights you�ve seen and tales you�ve heard along the way.
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