One of the locations that was on my wife’s ‘must see’ list during our photography tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2019 was the Giant’s Causeway. This article shares a selection of photographs and discusses our visit to this iconic location.
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The Giant’s Causeway is perhaps best known for its tens of thousands of interlocking basalt columns.
These were formed 50-60 million years ago by volcanic activity.
The tallest columns are approximately 12 metres (~39 feet) in height.
The Giant’s Causeway is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland, setting a record of 1 million visitors in 2017.
It can be a challenge to compose images at the Giant’s Causeway that do not include other tourists.
On the positive side, having people in your photographs helps create a sense of scale.
In 1986 the Giant’s Causeway was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The onsite car park is reserved for folks who purchase Visitor Experience tickets which includes a guided tour and use of the audio guides.
My wife and I found the audio guides very informative and easy to use.
You can get a bird’s eye view of the scenery along the causeway coast by hiking along the 8 kilometre (~5 mile) trail.
We had limited time during our visit so I only hiked along one leg of the trail, but did follow it all the way to the end.
I was treated to some spectacular views.
The trail can be a bit narrow in spots so some caution and courtesy are required when passing other folks coming from the opposite direction.
If you are planning a trip to Ireland/Northern Ireland spending some time at the Giant’s Causeway is highly recommended.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images are displayed as 100% captures without any cropping. They were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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