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The Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway

Ireland is rich in natural treasure. This wonderful little country of ours attracts millions of tourists every year, which is no surprise considering our wealth of history and our fantastic landscape. Many parts of Ireland have an awe inducing effect that leaves us captivated by the beauty of the world. One such beauty is the Giants Causeway, located in County Antrim.

The Giants Causeway isn't unique to the world and there are a few small areas such as this one found in other countries. Located on the Irish coast where lands hits the sea, the causeway is made up of over 40000 basalt columns. While it might not sound amazing, check out the images below to view the incredible array of columns. They say there is two sides to every story and in the case of the Giants Causeway this rings very true. The formation of the columns has been debated by locals and scientists, so we will give you both sides of the coin so that you may come to your own conclusion.

Scientists have studied this Irish wonder and believe it is a direct result of an erupted volcano. They believe the cooling effect of the water with the intense heat formed these beautiful columns. The Irish locals detest this as only a notion and give credit to a mythical Irish angry giant named Fionn McCool.

The Fighting Giants

Once upon a time in a land far far away (Antrim, Ireland) there lived a giant named Fionn Mc Cool. This lovely Irish giant heard another giant from Scotland (named Benandooner) threaten Ireland. Fionn became enraged by Benandooners threats. He picked up huge chunks of Ireland's coastline and catapulted them into the Irish sea, making a walkway over to Scotland. Upon reaching the Scottish shoreline Fionn retreated in fear because of the sheer size of the Benandooner. Fionn outruns the massive Scottish giant back to the Irish shoreline – where his wife concealed her husband as a baby. When Benandooner seen the size of the baby giant he wondered what size his father was and quickly retreated back to Scotland to escape injury from this unknown mega giant that could be lurking somewhere around the rocky hills of Antrim – and that folks is how we have this beautiful rock formation and this is why it is called the Giants Causeway.

While we believe the story of the brave Fionn Mc Cool, we won't be mad if you prefer the scientific explanation.

Recognition

It is one of the most visited locations in Ireland. In 1986, it was declared a national heritage site by UNESCO. It is now owned by the National Trust who look after it and direct the area's development. In 1986, the visitor centre burned down and was rebuilt in the year 2000. In 2018, this beautiful wonder of Ireland had over one million visitors from all around the world.

Natural Haven

While visitors are allowed to walk across the salt formations, watch out for the beautiful animals and plant life that live there. The formations are a haven for many different types of sea birds and plants.

Visiting Ireland? Look into the website here to find out more about this natural wonder of Ireland.