On day two of my Paddywagon Tour of Ireland we visited The Giant’s Causeway.
The Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the North Coast of Ireland near Bushmills. It’s pretty incredible- a collection of around 40,000 Basalt rocks, mostly in hexagonal shapes, although some are tall columns. Geologists say it was created by a volcanic eruption around 50-60 million years ago, but I prefer the Irish tale.
So the legend goes, Giant’s Causeway was built by Finn McCool so that he could cross over to Scotland and fight the Scottish giant Benandonner. Unfortunately he fell asleep before he could get to Scotland and the giant crossed over looking for him. Finn ran to his wife Oonagh, who disguised him as their baby son and made him curl up in a huge cradle. When the giant Benandonner saw this huge ‘infant’ he became frightened thinking that Fionn must be gigantic. He fled to Scotland, destroying the Causeway on the way back so that Fionn couldn’t follow him.
Photos never really do it justice until you’re there stood on those hexagonal rocks looking out on the ocean. The rocks act like stepping stones so you can hop about from one to the other. I sat on one of the rocks for a while and watched in amusement as people who were standing too close to the ocean got splashed by the waves.