Known as one of the most beautiful sights in Northern Ireland, Giant’s Causeway is made up of more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, which are a result of volcanic activity. However, people believe the site was a bridge built for giants.
Legend has it that Finn MacCool was an Irish giant, who was challenged to a fight by Scottish giant, Benandonner. MacCool accepted the duel and built the causeway to travel the North Channel to meet Benandonner.
As for the rest for the story, there are different versions. One states that MacCool defeated Benandonner. Another says he disguised himself as a baby and hid once he saw how big Benandonner was. Benandonner went looking for MacCool, but when he saw the baby’s size, he ran thinking the real MacCool must be even larger than him and destroyed the causeway.
However the legend ends, we can all agree on one thing – Giant’s Causeway is absolutely breathtaking and a must-see.
Some little known facts about the location are:
- It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland.
- In 1987, it became a national nature reserve by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland.
- The column’s tops form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot to under the sea.