Now for the gem of this serrated coastline, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Giant’s Causeway – an astounding, lava-generated, geological oddity. Or is it?
Local legend sees mythical warrior Finn MacCool build the basalt highway to Scotland to challenge his rival, the giant Benandonner, in Scotland. Finn’s first glimpse of the enormous Scot sends him scurrying back to Antrim, where his quick-witted wife disguises 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.
Fact or fiction, this haphazard grouping of over 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns is staggering. At the award-winning visitor center you can make your own mind up as to its actual origins.