Picture of Giants Causeway

You know nothing, Jon Snow!

Finally Saturday came, meaning it was time to take my tour to Giants Causeway.  It’s a hexagonal formation of layered basalt due to volcanic a long time ago.  But as I’ve figured out with these tours at this point, they make you see other things too.

Game of Thrones is shot in Titanic Studios (right next to the museum I was in earlier in the week) and also throughout a lot of Ireland that we visited on this tour.  I’ve only seen one episode, but a lot of people were really into it.  So now I can say I’ve been where Game of Thrones is filmed at least.

I know my brother really liked the pictures of Giants Causeway and really likes Game of Thrones, and as if I couldn’t make him any more jealous, the hostel I’m staying at goes and gives me a duvet cover and pillowcase of one of his favorite shows.

Doctor Who duvet cover
Duvet is a fun word.

The tour guide company I went with does the loop in reverse, so our first stop was at Bushmills Distillery.  The world’s oldest whiskey distillery.  This meant I got to do whiskey tastings at about 11:30 in the morning, which really made me feel like I was back home in the office again.

Bushmills Distillery
The first tasting tasted like whiskey. Each tasting after that went down a bit easier though.

Now that we were good and liquored up, it was time to go look at castles.  Or Dunluce Castle.  It was pretty run down (it’s just ruins at this point), but pretty big and cool to look at.  Here is that castle:

Dunluce Castle
Dunluce castle. Or the ruins of Dunluce castle, that is.

And then we went on to Giants Causeway.  Which was pretty cool.  We climbed all over them, plus we took the longer trek around them to see some more cool views and cliffs and such.  There were a lot of stairs.  Sooo many stairs.  All day.  But anyways, pictures are a better way to go about this I think.  Here are the general view ones first:

View from Giants Causeway
View looking back as we approached the causeway.
Causeway view
On the trail after the causeway.
rock on island
I dunno, it’s an island with a rock on it. Megan took a picture of it so I figured I should.

And here are the actual pictures of different parts of the Giants Causeway itself:

Picture of Giants Causeway
Picture of Giants Causeway
Wet Rocks.
Picture of Giants Causeway
Rocks with scenic background.
Picture of Giants Causeway
Closeup of Rocks.
Picture of Giants Causeway
Shore rocks. Also that is Megan, my travel companion for the day. I realized afterward I forgot to take a picture with her. She’s from Canada and said “about” funny but I didn’t bring it up because I’m a mature adult now.
Picture of Giants Causeway
Bigger rocks.
Picture of Giants Causeway
People on rocks.
Picture of Giants Causeway
Waves hitting rocks.
Picture of Giants Causeway
Tall rocks.

We had goat cheese and onion sandwiches for lunch at a cafe near the causeway, and then moved on to the Carrick-a-Rede bridge.  It’s in Game of Thrones too.  But it’s basically just a bridge connecting an island.  Not nearly as scary as I was hoping.  But here’s a picture I snagged as I walked over it.

Carrick-a-Rede Bridge
If you fell off this bridge you’d get wet.

But the views from that little island and path in general were really cool.  Here are pictures of it.

View from Carrick-a-Rede
The sea, the snotgreen sea.
View from Carrick-a-Rede
Took another pictures down the road I guess.
View from Carrick-a-Rede
The seagulls living here chose a much better place to live than the ones that hang out in the Tops parking lot.
View from Carrick-a-Rede
Thought about stealing a row boat to check out the alcoves.

On the way back, we took the Antrim coast road, which was very scenic.  Or at least that’s what the brochure says – I was asleep for some of it.  A few of the highlights included:

– More stuff from Game of Thrones
– Stuff from Sons of Anarchy
– Where Liam Neeson grew up
– A hotel Winston Churchill owned
– Island where Richard Brandon crash-landed his hot air balloon during his circumnavigation attempt
– Island (same one) where Marconi made the first radio transfer

Then the last stop was Carrickfergus Castle.  Here are a couple pictures of it.

Carrickfergus Castle
Purple cat dragon
Carrickfergus Castle
The lamppost is not historically accurate.

And so that was the tour.

After the tour, I had to try to find a place to stay the night.  But I couldn’t.  All the hostels and hotels were completely booked, except for one that was like 170 quid.  I wasn’t exactly sure how much you’d have to pay me to stay awake walking around all night, but apparently 170 quid will do it.  I hung out in the bus station until about midnight, sat by the River Lagan and read and wrote for a couple hours (finished Middlesex), sat in McDonald’s for a bit (the only 24 hour place out there), and then sat on a bench like a homeless man for a while (I stayed fairly close to the nightlife area, as I figured with people around it was the safest).  It being Sunday, nothing really opened until 8am too, so I had a lot of sitting around to do.  I am very tired, so rather than try to figure out my trip to Scotland today, instead I’m going to spend the night here and head to Scotland tomorrow morning.  The hostel I booked for tonight cost 15 pounds, which is much more my style.  I think I’ll treat myself to a lovely dinner tonight for surviving my all-night Belfast ordeal and saving $280.

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