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Giant's Causeway


Giant's Causeway gets its name from the legend of the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill who challenged a Scottish giant named Bennandonner to a fight. In order to get from Ireland to Scotland without getting his feet wet, Fionn built a huge causeway of stepping stones but, when he got to Scotland and saw the size of Bennandonner he quickly ran back to Ireland in fear.

Giant's Causeway

Bennandonner came across the causeway looking for Fionn, though he too ran in fear when he saw what he thought was Fionn's baby, surmising that if his baby is this big, Fionn must be huge! He ran all the way back to Scotland , making sure he destroyed the link between the two lands as he went.

Although the legend is a great story to tell visiting children, Giant's Causeway is actually the result of volcanic activity from an ancient volcanic eruption! Giant's Causeway consists of about 40,000 basalt columns which are interlocking and mostly hexagonal, though some have four, five, seven or eight sides to them. The columns are of differing sizes where they have been eroded away by the sea and the weather over millions of years, though the largest columns still stand as high as 12 metres (36 feet). Some of the columns have formed interesting features, such as the Organ and the Chimney Stacks, whilst others nearest the sea disappear off under the water, perhaps forming the beginning of Fionn's causeway!

Giant's Causeway is on Northern Ireland 's northeast coast and is situated about three kilometres (2 miles) north of the town of Bushmills . Most visitors will enter Northern Ireland via Belfast and from here you can use public transport, including the train or bus, or join part of an organised tour. Alternatively rent a car and drive yourself up along the very scenic A2 coast road.

 
 
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