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When it comes to the challenges of just getting to the Giant's Causeway, Dr Johnson's words ring true


I have been prompted to write to you having read the correspondence about the Giant's Causeway.

When our nine-year-old granddaughter came to us on holiday in July, the first item on her list was a visit to the Giant's Causeway. We thought we would give her an extra treat by leaving the car at Bushmills and taking the little train.

Alas, that journey wasn't to be. Several notices detailing the dates and times of the train were attached to the railings. We waited, but no train arrived.

As an alternative, we decided to leave the car in Bushmills and use the park and ride facility. We knew, by hearsay some time ago, that it is not necessary to pay for admission to the Causeway. However, we noticed that it was impossible to find a car parking space.

We were very glad we came by park and ride and even got a small deduction on our admission fee. Paying the fee turned out to be the best decision on a very strange day.

We were not permitted to return by the park and ride bus without our admission tickets. So, if we had not paid and taken the free way, we would have had to walk back to Bushmills.

Incidentally, the immense crowds of Far Eastern visitors appeared to come by private coaches. Imagine trying to explain the system to them, or to the many other foreign visitors.

May I be permitted to paraphrase the famous quotation by Dr Samuel Johnson, the 18th century writer: "It (the Causeway) is worth seeing, but not worth the effort of going to see."


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