Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Ireland. One of the natural wonders in United Kingdom, protected by UNESCO and National Nature Reserve, the site is indeed breathtaking: 40 000 naturally formed basalt columns don’t look like anything else.
Formed 60-50 million years ago, Giant’s Causeway is a result of a volcano eruption. Mostly hexagonal, some columns reach 12 m (39 ft) height and form a surreal landscape. The spot drew attention after its discovery in the 17th century: it had become an object of scientific investigation and tourist attraction ever since.
Although today we know about its geology, some time ago it was a reason to create a story about its origin. According to legend, the location was built by an Irish giant after he was challenged to a fight by a Scottish giant. A new road had to be built, so the giants could meet. Thus the name – Giant’s Causeway.
The Giant’s Causeway Visitors Center provides tourists with audio-guides, parking space, cafes, shops and hotel. It can be visited as part of the Northern Ireland tour, which introduces to the beautiful nature and historic locations.
Lead photo by Jim Richardson
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