Now for the gem of this serrated coastline, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Giant’s Causeway – 40,000 basalt columns, formed by molten lava cooled into hexagonal dark stone steps. The Causeway legend claims the great Celtic warrior Finn MacCool built the basalt highway to Scotland to challenge a rival giant, Benandonner, to battle. But Finn’s first glimpse of the enormous Scot sent him scurrying back to Ireland, where his quick-witted wife disguised him as a child. Benandonner arrives, sees the hulking baby, reasons ‘If that’s the kid, I don’t want to meet the father’ and turns tail back to Scotland, ripping up the highway behind him.
However, scientists believe that the Giant’s Causeway was formed by an ancient volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Either way, this haphazard grouping of over 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns is nothing short of outstanding. There’s also a fantastic visitor center for you to discover more, and maybe make your own mind up as to where the Causeway came from.