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Photo Above - the woody shrubs of a Heathland with a farm in the distance.

As we head down the trail, to our right we see farm land and a field of shrubs known as Heathland.

Heathland, is kind of like Moorland but Moorlands are wetter and cooler than are Heathlands.

To our left we look out over the cliff, trying to spot the geometric rock formation that has brought us to this place.

The Giants Causeway Top Page

Giant's Causeway page 2, the cliff walk
Giant's Causeway page 3 , the Organ
Giant's Causeway page 4 , to the Causeway
Giant's Causeway page 5 , the Middle Causeway

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Photo Above - was taken from the cliff, it is hard to make out the rocks of the Middle Causeway from the rest of the shoreline. The trail we are taking goes, at least, as far as the land you see in this photo, my family will take the first trail we come to that heads down to the shore (click the above photo for a very large photograph of the coastline).

From the cliff, the Causeway does not look like much, some jumbled rocks jutting into the ocean. But, the shoreline views, like most in Ireland, are spectacular.


Photo above - the geological feature known as the Organ sits halfway up the cliff face, this photograph shows the the Organ as we saw it from a distance. (For a closer view click the photo)

In the distance, we see dark clouds out to sea.

Continuing along the top of the cliff we eventually are on a section of cliff jutting far enough out that we can see, in the distance, one of the geological objects we had come to look at, the Organ.

The Organ was created by the same processes that made the Causeway but here, the basalt columns are located with in the cliff face.

From our vantage point we can barely make out a faint line, next to the Organ and running halfway up the cliff face, it appears to be the trail to the Organ. But, how do we get to it?

Continuing on the cliff trail it is time to pull out our umbrellas, as a light rain has started to fall.

The rain comes and goes; briefly the sun shines, giving us false hope that the storm might by pass us completely.

Eventually, we come to a branch in the trail, where steep steps head downwards. This appears to be the way to the Organ. The light rain returns, and as we descend down the stone steps we each grab the handrails tightly. The steps have been made slick by the rain of the morning. I feel the beginnings of a stiff breeze on my cheek. Taking one quick photograph, I then bag everything, I need both hands free to safely make it to the bottom of these stairs.

Photo right - my son clinches at the hand rails, either due to the slippery rock steps, or to take a break while waiting for me to take this photo. (for the full view click the photo)

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Most of the information on this website was gather during my families July 2004 visit to Ireland
This page last updated May 2007