The Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland - 14th August 2019

From Blackrock, Louth, we head up through Belfast - unfortunately without enough spare time to actually stop and explore - and on up to Bushmills and the site of the Giant's Causeway, a large outcropping of hexagonal columns of volcanic basalt which from a distance looks somewhat underwhelming, but which is actually great fun to explore and poke around on. The weather's not great getting up there, and it lashes after we leave, but in between it turns out really nice for a couple of hours as we wander around. But first, we stop off at Carlingford, on Carlingford Lough, where it's all a bit misty, and then there's a pause for some dereliction, courtesy of some sort of burnt-out shopping centre, at Ballyonan, in Louth - site of the Shrine of St. Jude

next album: A Postcard From: Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland - 15th August 2019
previous album: The Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Droichead Átha, Co. Louth, Ireland - 13th August 2019

Carlingford's castle, in the mist

Isobel and Harry look over the wall - Fred's in the car

Some other bit of derelict castle-y fortification in Carlingford

A wrecked old boat

Carlingford Castle, sadly no longer accessible

Isobel and Harry stare out over the lough

Carlingford houses

A fairground ride in the rain

Inside the shrine of St. Jude

A Scary Mary in the bushes

Fred pokes around on the shores of Carlingford Lough

The Shrine of St. Jude, Ballyonan

Curious tower construction

Some sort of burned out shopping centre

Derelict buildings in Ballyonan

Burned out window frames

A cross through a burned out window

Graffiti hidden away in a building

Some badly-drawn neo-fascist graffiti

Crowds mill around outside the Causeway Hotel

Inside the National Trust gift shop

The stream of people coming and going from the Causeway

People mill around likes ants on the causeway

Picturesque boulders

Fred, Harry and Isobel march along the road

Some dude sits on a rock

We reach the Giant's Causeway

Harry surveys the scene

Hexagonal rocks

We start climbing around

Bright green algae amongs the lava columns

Hexagons all round

The gang clamber around

Fred and Harry on a rock

The boys look in a rock pool

Fred takes some close-up photos

Big black lava pillows

A nice arrangement of vertical hexagons

Harry sits down for a bit

Isobel strides around

Isobel chats to one of the ranger types

Harry points the way

A couple of green algae hexagons

A big standing pile of hexagons

A nice view

The boys on the giant's shoe

Harry manages to fall into the sea again

We climb back up the long hill

The big boulder announcing World Heritage status in 1986

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Carlingford's castle, in the mist