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Don't believe Thackeray!
Member Name: speculator
Date: 29/09/00, updated on 29/09/00 (192 review reads)
Advantages: beautiful, free access
Disadvantages: it's out-doors, there's no Visitors' Centre [at the moment]
In the mid-1800s the Victorian novelist Thackeray visited the Giant's Causeway. He was less than impressed, and famously remarked something to the effect that it was a lot of trouble to go to just to see a pile of stones.
However, the Causeway is more than just a bunch of rocks - it is a unique geological manifestation, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. For anyone visiting Northern Ireland, this is a must-see.
Access has much improved since the Victorian era, too. There is a hotel at the top of the Causeway, and a visitors centre [burned down, unfortunately]. The road now goes down to the rocks themselves - you don't have to use the narrow pathway cut into the cliff-side [but you can if you want to!].
Beyond the main features lies a narrow path cut into sheer cliff-face. You can walk on round the coast, past Port-Na-Spaniagh - where the sharp rocks cut the bottom out of a Spanish Armada Galleass in the harsh winter of 1588.
If you want you can follow the cliff path round the coast, past Dunseverick [the first British capital] to the picturesque seaside hamlet of Port Braddon.