When I take part in Sacred Travel, I am careful not to over-plan, as I am aware that the hidden gems lay in the hand of the locals. That being said, there were two items on my list for Northern Ireland…Sleive Gullion & the Giants Causeway.
Traveling in early September is ideal for missing out on long lines at popular spots, that are considered national landmarks, as long as you are OK with a bit of unpredictable weather. Me, I do just fine with such thing, and always remember to pack for any kind of weather…raincoat & thin parkas are advised. There are benefits to traveling in September, such as kids going back to school, which means the crowds are a lot more manageable.
Having experienced this at Blarney Castle, where the normal wait to kiss the stone could be an hour & I was fourth in line, we decided to take our chances and drive straight to the causeway ourselves, skipping the tour bus option.
Where the first part of our travels had been by BusEireann, we were lucky enough to borrow a car from our host; the O’Hanlon family, in Dublin & the North. (I will speak of them more in my next blog Welcomed as a Druid) The drive from Mullagbawn; the place we called our home in the North, to the Giants Causeway was about 2.5 hours. The path we drove was a beautiful one showing us both the mountainous countryside & the city of Belfast.