Looking like stepping stones fit for a giant’s footprints, the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim is shrouded in mythical tales. According to legend the columns are the remains of a causeway or road built by a giant named Fionn mac Cumhaill. The giant was set to cross the North Sea for a fight with the Scottish and so he built a causeway for the crossing.
In reality the enormous columns are in fact the remains of volcanic activity from over 50 million years ago. The pillars are created from cracks forming in the cooling basalt of the volcanic eruption. Most of the columns are hexagonal and the tallest stands some 12 metres high and around 28 metres thick in places.
Whether you choose to get swept away with the fairytale or not you can explore this breathtaking area of Northern Ireland by hiking the coastal path or taking to a bike to traverse the vast and irregular topography.
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