Giants, Rope Bridges and Other Fairytale Things

Have you ever had one of those days where you wake up irrationally happy? Perfectly content to stay exactly where you are dozing and snoozing and chatting to the other person in the room? That was how Clare and I woke up, surprisingly refreshed and irrationally chatty for such an early hour. After a quick breakfast, Claire arrived and we jumped in the car, ready to see the tourist sights of the Irish Countryside.

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First stop was the Giant’s Causeway. Legend has it that Finn McCool, a giant, had a rival in Scotland, Benandonner who he challenged to a fight. Versions vary, but one of the giants built a causeway across from Ireland to Scotland, which Benandonner crossed to face Finn McCool. When he arrived in Ireland, he found Finn McCool dressed as a baby. When Benandonner saw the size of the baby, he assumed that Finn McCool must be the child’s father and therefore must be enormous! He fled in terror, tearing up the causeway behind him.

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This supposedly explains the hexagontal rocks that are everywhere at the Giant’s Causeway. These rocks are naturally forming, and a kindly local informed us that they were hexagontal, not hexagonal, as we had been calling them. Oops!

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The Irish countryside also provided us with some great photo ops, and I really felt like I was in Game of Thrones!

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I can’t say I thought much of the Irish “beach” though…

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Legend has it, that as Benandonner rushed back to Scotland, he lost one of his boots. Well, that boot has been there so long, that it has now turned to stone. It’s surprisingly comfy!

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and nice and roomy, just in case you’d like to snuggle with some friends.

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With our fill of legendary footwear fulfilled, we jumped back in the car to check out another Irish must-see.

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Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge was originally built to help fishermen who were catching wild salmon. Now it serves as a very popular walk and tourist attraction.

And given the beautiful surroundings, I can see why it’s so popular!

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Make sure you rug up warm though, it’s very exposed to the elements.

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There was quite the line to cross Carrick-a-Rede as if too many people use it at once, it may snap, and I’m sure the Natural Trust have quite enough to deal with, thank you.

We managed to fill in our time nicely though.

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After crossing, some of us needed to have a think about just how thin the rope really was, and just how sharp the rocks below might be.

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Before lining up to cross back to the mainland. Others shared our photo taking enthusiasm.

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All too soon it was time to go home, but Clare and I were a little reluctant to leave…

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But eventually we were coaxed out by the promise of ice cream!

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We quickly ducked back to Clare’s and got changed, before heading to the pub to meet some of Clare’s friends. Every Tuesday night her local pub, The Anchor, has a karaoke night and it’s a sight to behold!

Locals (and the occasional tourist) of all ages gather to catch up with a drink, and later indulge their inner UK’s Got Talent wannabe.

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There was a huge selection of songs!

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And a huge sense of community. A real feeling of support!

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Dave got up and absolutely KILLED Steve Earle’s Gallway Girl. Great song choice too, as the whole pub joined in!

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Claire, Clare and I got up and gave it a go. As the Irish say, the whole day was great Craic!

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