On the northern coast of Ireland lies a natural phenomenon that is truly amazing to behold. It’s called the Giant’s Causeway, and it is a feature composed of more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed over millions of years by volcanic activity in the region. Together they form a carpet of stepping stones that descend from the land and into the sea. Surrounding the Causeway is a remarkable landscape made up of cliffs, bays, amazing rock formations and the occasional ruin. Combined, this creates one of the most visually striking locations in the world.
The legend of the Giant’s Causeway tells of how it first came to gain the name. An Irish warrior by the name of Fionn Mac Cumahaill built the stepping stones in order to fight his rival in Scotland. When he discovered that his enemy was a giant, he fled back to Ireland, the giant Scotsman in pursuit. When his rival came to look for him Fionn had his wife cover him in a blanket and pretend that he was their baby son. The Scotsman, seeing the size of the supposed baby, feared that the one who had fathered it must be enormous and so fled back to Scotland, destroying the center of the causeway in the process.
People come from all over the world to see this wonder of nature. It is one of Ireland’s biggest tourist draws and has been for many decades. It doesn’t cost anything to visit and so makes a perfect addition to any tourist’s Ireland vacation. Tours are available for those that wish to learn more about the legend surrounding it and the more scientific aspects that caused its formation. The Giant’s Causeway is a must-see for any who take some time out to visit the magnificent Irish isle.