The spectacular Giant’s Causeway

5 September, 2012 0 Comments

Giants Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway appears in all the tourist guides of Ireland. It is certainly one of the places you have to visit if you are traveling to the Emerald Isle, even though it isn’t easy to get there.

The Giant’s Causeway is located in Antrim county, in the east of the country but, as it is in the heart of the coast and in an area without inhabiting, the public transport does not reach there. The most practical way is to hire a car to get or hire a tour that includes transportation.

But if you are going to Ireland with a circuit surely will include a visit to the Causeway of the Giants because it’s one of the more prominent attractions for those who know the island. This causeway is peculiar because it is formed some 40,000 basalt rock formations that appear to columns from which the highest reach 12 meters in height. These columns are the result of a volcanic eruption that took place 60 million years ago.

But this is the scientific version. Irish people have their own version of the origin of this mysterious phenomenon of nature.

According to legend, the causeway is a road made by giants, hence its name, in order to cross from Scotland to Ireland without getting our feet wet. It is said that it was the Irish giant Finn MacCool who built this road to reach the island of Staffa, in Scotland. The goal was to challenge his rival, the giant scottish Benandonner, who lived there. But when the giant arrived on the other side, realized that his opponent was much stronger and more fierce than he had imagined and, fleeing his enemy, returned to Irish territory.

When he returned home, his wife Oonagh hid the freaking giant in a cradle. When Benandonner appeared, she invited him to tea, asking him not waking up to the “baby”.

The Scottish giant became frightened of having to deal with the father of that huge creature, so he decided to flee. While the ran, he was destroying the road, of which only remained today their initial and final stages.

The Giant’s Causeway was discovered in 1693 and declared a World Heritage Site in 1986. Most of the basalt columns of these cliffs is hexagonal in shape, but there are also five, seven or eight sides. In spite of being a natural phenomenon, the meticulous arrangement of the hexagons makes us think of that have been placed there by a mysterious hand.

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