How an instant trip to Ireland unleashed the explorer within me

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There is a myth behind the rock formations of Giant’s Causeway which states that the structures are actually the remains of a causeway built by the Irish giant Fionn . He was challenged to fight the Scottish giant, Benandonner so he built the causeway so that the two giants could meet. As with every legend, there is confusion in the legend and one states that Fionn won, the other version shows Benandonner as the winner. Fionn’s wife tucks him in a cradle disguised as a baby and Benandonner, though a lot bigger thinks that Fionn is bigger looking at the size of the baby. This made the Irish giant win the challenge. This story intrigued me and the idea of there existing giants where I stood long before fascinated me. There is also evidence for the myth as there are similar structures beyond the sea on the Scottland side.

We took a walk around the causeway and viewed the angry waves hitting the rocks. It gave the feeling of a beach with these basalt rock formations forming the shore. The feeling was very grand and fiction like. I realized that there can be places which make you feel like you are the part of a fictional movie in a set somewhere. The place had a magical and mystical aura to it. There is however not much to do at the Causeway. If you are a nature lover, you can spend about 2 hours taking a walk around and enjoying photography. I was set to leave in about 45 minutes. I yet remember the feeling of walking on those structures of basalt that are piled over each other like columns or pillars.

There are two intermingling lakes in the park which add to its beauty and explorative quality. The Lakes of Killarney are Lough Leane (the lower lake), Muckross Lake (the middle lake), and the Upper Lake are interlinked and together make up almost a quarter of the park's area. Despite being interlinked, each lake has a unique ecosystem. The meeting of waters is a popular place where the lake joins the intermingling region. There is also Sport angling at the tourist area where they try to catch Salmon.

I want to have more trips like this which are spontaneous and impulsive. This felt better and more adventurous than most of my other planned trips. I do have to visit Ireland again to see all that is left out. Soon!

We were in Scotland with a few extra days remaining in our hands and with nothing else to do there. That’s how sudden plans are made, aren’t they? This sudden plan taught me that there might be places around to see which you have never seen or heard of before and they are totally worth it. We enquired a little bit and made an instant plan to go to Ireland from there. Luckily, we had an Irish visa on our hands and it was easy to book flights and go. It was an easy journey. We decided to rent a car and go to see the Giant’s Causeway.

Giant's Causeway

Photo of Ireland by vidhi bubna

The Giant’s Causeway is on the northern coast of Northern Ireland. The car trip was beautiful with vast landscapes and beautiful views. I think that instant trips are the best because you do not expect anything from the trip and are awed by all the beauty when it hits you.

There are various formations of rocks over there which were formed due to volcanic activity millions of years ago. These rock formations make it a beautiful sunrise/sunset point and it is great to spend an evening here just lying in the sun or taking a walk around. You could walk around with your romantic partner and enjoy the shapes or enjoy the mythology of the place with your children. Children always love mythological stories and adding the stories add a certain fairytale like element to the travel place.

There is a myth behind the rock formations of Giant’s Causeway which states that the structures are actually the remains of a causeway built by the Irish giant Fionn . He was challenged to fight the Scottish giant, Benandonner so he built the causeway so that the two giants could meet. As with every legend, there is confusion in the legend and one states that Fionn won, the other version shows Benandonner as the winner. Fionn’s wife tucks him in a cradle disguised as a baby and Benandonner, though a lot bigger thinks that Fionn is bigger looking at the size of the baby. This made the Irish giant win the challenge. This story intrigued me and the idea of there existing giants where I stood long before fascinated me. There is also evidence for the myth as there are similar structures beyond the sea on the Scottland side.

Above all, I was intrigued by the beauty of the formations the most. Some of them were stacked up like a chimney one above the other and there were some which reached great heights. The varying heights of the rock formations gave it a magic mystery like feeling. Most of them were hexagonal shaped and were stacked one above the other but there were others which were straight like pillars reaching up to the sky. There were also a few rocks with holes inside and the closeness of the ocean caused them to fill up with water.

We took a walk around the causeway and viewed the angry waves hitting the rocks. It gave the feeling of a beach with these basalt rock formations forming the shore. The feeling was very grand and fiction like. I realized that there can be places which make you feel like you are the part of a fictional movie in a set somewhere. The place had a magical and mystical aura to it. There is however not much to do at the Causeway. If you are a nature lover, you can spend about 2 hours taking a walk around and enjoying photography. I was set to leave in about 45 minutes. I yet remember the feeling of walking on those structures of basalt that are piled over each other like columns or pillars.

Chimney structure formation

Photo of Giant's Causeway, United Kingdom by vidhi bubna

Rock formations

Photo of Giant's Causeway, United Kingdom by vidhi bubna

With not much to do around the causeway, we decided to take a car ride on the Ring of Kerry which is a 179 km scenic drive on the Southwest coast of Ireland. It may sound like a lot but with your car cruising at 80km per hour, it is easy to complete the drive in three hours without stopping to get magnificent pictures. If you wish to stop to get those captivating pictures, it will take you about 4 hours. There are numerous sea-side restaurants which come on the way and are worth trying. There is a lot of greenery on the way and the car never leaves the ocean side. We did stop at some roadside shack to eat where there was amazing food and a great view by the ocean. There was bird feeding at the restaurant too. Even this was an instant plan and it felt great to see that there are great things in Ireland which we hadn’t even heard of before. We did not expect much and were awed at all the spontaneous things that sprung towards us.

Ring of Kerry

Photo of Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Ireland by vidhi bubna

The next day we saw the cliffs of Moher which has an amazing view and an observation tower. The cliffs take their name from an old promontory fort called Mothar or Moher, which once stood on Hag's Head, the southernmost point of the cliffs, now the site of Moher Tower. The cliffs consist mainly of beds of Namurian shale and sandstone with the oldest rocks being found at the bottom of the cliffs. It is possible to see 300-million-year-old river channels cutting through, forming unconformities at the base of the cliffs. This gave the rocks an ancient yet magical feeling

There are an estimated 30,000 birds living on the cliffs, representing more than 20 species.[21] These include Atlantic puffins, which live in large colonies at isolated parts of the cliffs and on the small Goat Island,[21] and razorbills. The site is an Important Bird Area.We spent about one and a half hour there. I did not want to leave the place but also wasn’t willing to miss out on all the other things that there were to view. I realized that sometimes no matter how much you like a place, it is important to move on and see new places. I was tired of the place but I knew that the view was as magnificent as before. With not much time remaining, this is all we could do on this spontaneous trip.

I want to have more trips like this which are spontaneous and impulsive. This felt better and more adventurous than most of my other planned trips. I do have to visit Ireland again to see all that is left out. Soon!

Cliffs of Moher

Photo of Cliffs of Moher, Clare, Ireland by vidhi bubna
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