The rarities and oddities on The Giant’s Causeway Clifftop Experience

The rarities and oddities on The Giant’s Causeway Clifftop Experience

The Giant’s Causeway on our own Northern Ireland version of the Wild Atlantic Way might be a UNESCO World Heritage site but there’s much more to it than rocks, myths and legends. Above the rocks on the cliffs and on the shoreline surrounding the rocks the area is a designated Area of Special Scientific Interest.

On a private tour a few weeks ago with one of the rangers discovering about the conservation and protection work carried out by the National Trust, we discovered many rarities and oddities along the cliff tops and shoreline of the Causeway.

We were shown where rare orchids grow, where lizards sunbathe, where miniature snails live and where pygmy moths a few mm in wingspan fly.

Some of the oddities and rarities you’ll find in the area are Solitary Mining Bees which dig tunnels to lay eggs right beside the cliff top walkway, Grayling Butterfly which look like brown moths until thry spread their wings, a handful of the rare Irish ladies tresses orchid, Mountain Everlasting flower which is related to Edelweiss, and those tiny snails the size of a grain of sand. Tucked away under the rocks of the Causeway is one little Roseroot plant. The nearest Roseroot can be found 20 miles away on hill top!

Many of the species living here can only be found in a handful of sites on the causeway coast or else in Northern Ireland or Ireland.

It’s a rare insight into the little things that make up the giant landscape of the Causeway coast. The little things that you wouldn’t even know existed and live in harmony with the big big drama of the Causeway Rocks.

For me, a hugely informative, impressive and mind blowing day discovering the rarities and oddities of the Giant’s Causeway.

If you’re interested, in learning more about the conversation work the National Trust do, then The Clifftop Experience is for you! And if you decide you need a rest after the walk, check yourself into the Causeway Hotel and enjoy a night at this clifftop location. They serve great food in the restaurant and the bar is like stepping back in time to your rich old granny’s living room. And again, those views from the hotel are stunning!


Walking tour information

The Clifftop Experience walk departs daily from the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre at 10.30am for the Rambler bus to Dunseverick Castle. The walk returns along the cliff tops to the Giant’s Causeway and is expected to take around 31/2 hours to complete. Maximum group size is 18. Children must be age 12 years plus.

What to bring
Sturdy walking shoes are essential and a waterproof coat is advisable. A good level of health and fitness is required to complete this hike. Walkers are also advised to carry some water and sunblock.

To book
Pre-booking is essential on:
You are advised to book by 4pm the day BEFORE you intend to do the walk.
Cost: £30 per person; includes entry to the full Visitor Experience at the Giant’s Causeway, Rambler bus service and shuttle bus.

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