We wanted to spend as much time hiking as possible, so we found that many traveling through Northern Ireland frequented Mount Errigal for such an occasion. We actually found out the night before that this mountain was the 76th highest point in all of Ireland at 2,464 feet. Now, I don’t know why they keep count of the highest points in a country beyond 20 or so but we found it kind of funny.
That morning we got there well ahead of the crowds. The lowest portions of the mountain were heavy with bogs, so much so that we were constantly trying to find the driest route towards where the rocky summit began. As we got out of the grassy portion and hit the rocks the incline increased dramatically. For a time there we were on our hands and feet climbing over large boulders to get on top. Once near the summits, we took the paths all the way up. It was quite windy on top, but the views were pretty awesome. There wasn’t a lot of room on the summit, and the faces on either side were steep and so we were glad to have beat the crowds. Once we were heading down we saw a lot of people making their way up.
We then continued to drive around the Antrim Coast and stopped at the Dunluce Castle. This castle is estimated to have been built in the 14th century, and sits directly on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It was eventually abandoned when a part of it fell into the sea 1639. The area was very picturesque, and we enjoyed walking all through the grounds.
Finally, we drove to what is referred to as the Giants Causeway. There, you can find approximately 40,000 basalt columns rising from the rocky coast. There were a lot of people there crawling all of the columns and enjoying the sea breeze. The place was very cool and the scenery was awesome as you would expect at a UNESCO site.
That night we stopped in the town of Antrim for a quick night’s rest.