On the far, northern coast of Ireland, giants be a-lurking!
60 million years ago, the coast of Antrim was witness to volcanic activity that sprouted the magnificent rock formations, known as the Giant’s Causeway. Made up of 40,000 interlocking columns, mainly pentagonal or hexagonal in appearance, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986.
However, legends tell a different story. Steeped in Gaelic myth and mystery, it was supposedly built by the giant Finn MacCool (Fionn mac Cumhaill), so that he could cross the North Channel and fight Scottish giant, Benandonner.
Folklore aside, it has always interested me, not only because of my love of volcanoes, but also for its unusual structure. So when we were visiting Ireland this summer, I jumped at the chance to see it for myself.
The area, though not as large as I expected, is so… bizarre. It seems very out of place within an otherwise, fairly standard rugged coastline, and if it wasn’t for the hordes of visitors, you could be forgiven for feeling like you’re on another planet. Despite the huge amount of fellow tourists (which surely must be eroding the stones with all the climbing and clambering and detracted from the experience a little), I’m pleased I’ve finally been able to witness this wonder of the world.
Plus, it was only a short drive from here to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, made famous by salmon fishermen crossing it to reach a tiny island, whilst waves crashed menacingly, almost 100 feet below. Although it has now been reinforced, with more substantial handrails, it once had a single rope to hold on to. I didn’t bother to cross it, purely because there was such a long queue. Honestly…
As an extra bonus this week, I’ve also left you a little video. I’ve been singing the chorus whilst typing this…one of the most famous songs by a band that share their name with my post’s title. It’s all about a nightlight that protects its owner from nightmares as they sleep, just what you need if giants are about!
Image Credits: All my own, so please be sweet and ask before sharing! 🙂