The Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway was one of the Irish Attractions that was a must on our list. A strange rock formation that spreads over the shoreline and disappears into the crashing waves. It is odd how the water seems to shape the stones in a honeycomb design. The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles northeast of the town of Bushmill's. We had toured the Bushmill's distillery and then headed to the Causeway. This is very beautiful place on our planet. The walk down the coastal path winds down through the hills and leads you down to the fascinating shore. The waves crash with huge force spraying sea foam high into the air, which floats down like tiny clouds of wiped cream. It was getting late in the day and the sun's final rays were peeking through the clouds warming our faces as the cool Atlantic breeze refreshed us. The smell of the ocean can be intoxicating and draws us time and again to the coasts, no matter where we are.

There is an ancient fable of the creation of the causeway. According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. The story goes that the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool), from the Fenian Cycle of Gaelic mythology, was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet. In one version of the story, Fionn defeats Benandonner. In another, Fionn hides from Benandonner when he realises that his foe is much bigger than he is. Fionn's wife, Oonagh, disguises Fionn as a baby and tucks him in a cradle. When Benandonner sees the size of the 'baby', he reckons that its father, Fionn, must be a giant among giants. He flees back to Scotland in fright, destroying the causeway behind him so that Fionn would be unable to chase him down. Across the sea, there are identical basalt columns (a part of the same ancient lava flow) at Fingal's Cave on the Scottish isle of Staffa, and it is possible that the story was influenced by this.

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