Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Gobbins

As I'm putting this post together at the beginning of May, I haven't even left yet on my English/Icelandic adventure, coming up in mere days. On this day (today!) this post appears on the blog I will be home and photos of that adventure will already have been shared in this space.


Meanwhile, I'm already looking forward to future adventures and maybe they will include this guided walk along the Gobbins in Northern Ireland on the Causeway Coast, not far from the beautiful city of Belfast. 

The Gobbins, a spectacular part of the rugged Irish coast has fascinated people since the 19th century when a path was first proposed. Completed in 1902, the trail was free for those who arrived by train (after a ticket inspection). All others had to pay a fee to take the walk. Alas, the upkeep of the Path was difficult over the years and eventually, it closed. Now it has been newly refurbished and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board is excited about the possibilities of a boost in tourism. 


Besides having a ton of interesting botanical specimens - ferns, grasses and tiny plants specific to this seaside habitat, this rugged coast is preferred nesting area for Puffins, Kittiwakes, Cormorants, Guillemots, Razorbills, and Shags. A noisy place during breeding season! The Walk is not open during this sensitive time, but once the nestlings are on their way, in early summer, you can book a day and a time online and enjoy a guided tour.

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If you visit the Gobbins website you can see many historical photos and then page down on their homepage and take an interactive virtual tour of various parts of the Walk. How amazing is that! 

There are some restrictions, though, so check it out ahead of time if you want to go. Click here for restrictions. Regular adult admission is Ł10 with reductions for kids, seniors and families. Be aware that there's a steep climb back up to your transport. Totally worth it though! 

Aerial view:


Since you're already in County Antrim and you've already visited the Giant's Causeway and The Gobbins, why not also stop in at the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge an exciting crossing of a chasm over the sea and particular fun on a windy day. More info here.

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IRELAND IS  AWESOME!