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The Giant's Causeway is the jewel in the crown of Northern Ireland.

It's a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most popular tourist destination in Northern Ireland. For years I hadn't visited despite it only being a few hours’ drive from where I live in Dublin.

But in the past three years I've visited a few times. The causeway itself has a great legend behind it about battling giants from Northern Ireland and Scotland, but the facts are equally impressive.

The site was formed from lava that cooled rapidly, cracked and became the honeycomb-shaped basalt columns that we can see today. In fact, there are over 40,000 columns ranging in height up to 39 ft.

The first time I visited it was raining, so make sure you bring some sort of raincoat or poncho. The stones get super slippy so don't go getting notions about posing for photos in cute flats, heels or flip flops – you'll need runners or decent boots for sure! To be honest, I wore a pair of converse and they were OK.

Speaking of photos, if you’re after that perfect Instagram shot I highly recommend going early or late (around sunset). At those times there should be less people around, but in summer there'll always be crowds no matter what time you go.

However, most people tend to stay around the first plateau of stones that you come to on the walk from the visitor centre. If you keep walking a little further the crowds usually thin out pretty quickly!

Personally I couldn't stop taking photos of my feet on those mostly hexagonal stones. They're kind of mesmerising.

When you first arrive, there's a visitor centre. You have to pay to go in, but it's not mandatory. If you're tight for cash you can just skip the centre and walk straight down to the causeway. Personally, I recommend checking out the visitor centre – there's a fun video explaining the legend behind the Giant's Causeway, some exhibits, a really nice gift shop and a cute café that uses local ingredients.

If you have any sort of mobility issues there's a little bus that can take you from the visitor centre down to the causeway for a small fee. No matter how you get there or what time you visit you'll be amazed at the sight of the interlocking stone columns cascading into the sea. Well worth a visit!

By @whereistarablog

Tara is an award-winning Irish travel blogger photographer and Instagrammer. Born in New Zealand and raised in Ireland, she’s a dual citizen. From ninja training in Japan to ice climbing in Finland, Tara loves a good adventure. A self-confessed chatterbox and iced coffee addict, she’s eager to take you on a colourful adventure around the world.

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