The Giant’s Causeway is truly marvellous, one of a kind landscape. You will pass it when travelling on the brilliant Causeway Coast Way. Throughout time whispers of magic and sorcery spread throughout the region, claiming that the causeway was built by a real giant, thus the name. Although scientists believe that it was, in fact, volcanic activity in the region, the legend persists.
Fionn Mac Cumhaill (pronounced Finn Mc Cool) is a name that most Irish locals are familiar with. This famous Giant from Irish mythology has been a hero in fairytales and bedtime stories for hundreds of years.
According to legend, Fionn built the Giant’s Causeway across the North Channel so that he could fight and defeat an evil Scottish giant named Benandonner.
The real explanation of the formation of this wonderful site is slightly more believable but just as interesting. Between 50 and 60 million years ago intense volcanic activity in the Antrim region cased lava to spurt up above ground level.
As it cooled and dried the lava broke into the thin uneven structure you see today. Ireland is not synonymous with volcanos, but the Causeway is a reminder of how destruction can sometimes be followed by beauty.
Today The Giant’s Causeway is one of Ireland’s most famous tourist attractions. Visitors can walk on the rocky structure and immerse themselves in the UNESCO certified site. Don’t forget to bring your camera for this one, it’s one of the most photographed sites on the land.
The visitor’s centre is a new addition to the Causeway experience. Built in 2012, the modern architecture pays homage to the unique shape of the famous landscape. Interactive exhibitions highlight both the scientific explanation for the site, as well as the ‘secrets’ and legend.
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