The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland - In Photos

Posted on 10. Sep, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Ireland, Photo Posts, Press Trips

The Giant’s Causeway was something I had always seen on desktop wallpapers, or in one of the BBC famous travel videos.

I never thought I would actually get to see it for myself one day. But I did!

The 6th day of my trip in Ireland with Shamrocker Tours was all about the dramatic coastline of Northern Ireland, making it one of the week’s highlights, for two reasons: the incredible scenery, of course, but also because the area is explained by yet another Irish legend.

Apparently the Irish are quite the smart ones.

Legend has it that the Causeway was shaped by Benandonner, a Scottish giant, who had challenged the Irish giant and local celebrity Finn MacCool. Finn wasn’t as big and strong as Benandonner, so instead of fighting a doomed battle, he decided to trick the Scottish giant. He disguised himself as a baby, and said he was actually Finn’s son. Benandonner got to thinking - if the baby is so big already, how enormous is FinnMacCool? The thought alone scared the hell out of him and fled to Scotland in terror, effectively destroying the actual causeway that stood there at the time, and creating the one we see today.

How’s that for outsmarting someone?

Scientists, on the other hand, claim that it was intense volanic activity some odd 50 million years ago that shaped this unique landscape.

But all the Irish will tell you that it’s bullshit. There are no volcanoes in Ireland - but of course there are giants!

The Giant’s Causeway is actually the most popular tourist spot in all of Northern Ireland, and was named the fourth greatest Natural Wonder in the United Kingdom. Not bad! Even though the most interesting thing about the Causeway is definitely the legend and the scenery, trivia enthusiasts will enjoy learning that while most of the columns are hexagonal, some of them have only 3 or 4 sides, and some other have up to 8! Also, did you know that some columns are as high as 12 meters high, and 28 meters thick?!

Have you been to the Giant’s Causeway? Had you heard about the legend, or would you rather stick to the scientific explanation?

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10 Responses to “The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland - In Photos”

  1. Rachel

    10. Sep, 2012

    Wow! Stunning photographs. Giant’s Causeway is one of my “bucket list” destinations. Living in the UK I really have no excuse not to visit soon. I have to say I’m with the scientific explanation but I love the legend. It’s a very clever idea.

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  2. Pascale

    10. Sep, 2012

    Nice pictures! Nice weather too! I definitely want to go there before leaving Europe. I can imagine my two little girls jumping on that columns… as I would do too! Would you say that the children could be part of a Shamrocker adventure? I need to know if I have to find a babysitter!!!! :D

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  3. Nicole

    10. Sep, 2012

    *sigh* I want to go here so badly!!!
    I keep going Belfast -> Derry though and the train doesn’t stop there.

    Gorgeous pics as always bella!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      12. Sep, 2012

      You could go on a Shamrocker tour - they have 3 day trips in Northern Ireland that leave from Dublin, if that tickles your fancy.

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  4. Linda @EcoTraveller

    11. Sep, 2012

    I can see my house from there!
    Hi… even though I grew up near there I never tire from visiting the place. It’s amazing isn’t it? Years ago (before all those health and safety rules) you could trek on around to the other side of the cliffs. Was amazing.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      12. Sep, 2012

      It must’ve been quite special to grow up near there! So many bedtime stories :)

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  5. Adela @ FourJandals.com

    15. Sep, 2012

    We haven’t been to Northern Ireland but definitely on the list.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      23. Sep, 2012

      It’s an amazing place, really! Hard to believe nature created something so perfect.

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