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Giant's Causeway, a famous landscape steeped in mythology

A legend says that giants used these steps to cross the sea to Scotland. This dramatic setting is Northern Ireland's famous Giant's Causeway.

40,000 hexagonal basalt columns

This famous landscape is the Giant’s Causeway: a name that derives from ancient legends in which giants used the steps to cross the sea to Scotland. To see it, you have to travel to County Antrim in Northern Ireland.

These formations that have intrigued for thousands of years and have been studied for 300 years are the result of volcanic activity dating back to around 50 to 60 million years ago. These geometric forms were created by lava flows which while cooling extremely slowly crystallized, transforming into these hexagonal columns.

Studies carried out on site at the Giant’s Causeway have contributed to our understanding of the geological history of the Earth. Since 1986, it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is accessible by a footpath where visitors can see the coastal landscape before getting up close with the basalt columns.

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02/16/2020 9:39 AM

94 comments

  • Chidambara A.
    05/11/2020 12:42

    Resembles Saint Mary's island Malpe

  • Sheryl S.
    04/07/2020 14:18

    Wow......that is awesome! Thanks for sharing !😁

  • Gina K.
    04/03/2020 04:49

    Finn Ma'Cool walked here!

  • Raewyn E.
    04/02/2020 07:43

    Oh, thank you Barbara, just what I needed ❤

  • Elaine V.
    04/02/2020 05:57

    One of my favorite places

  • Nika K.
    04/01/2020 10:33

    trip idea

  • Lyndsey R.
    04/01/2020 09:12

    still need you to take me here 😍 xx

  • Jannik K.
    04/01/2020 03:22

    🙂

  • She L.
    04/01/2020 02:01

    Looks like a petrified honeycomb.

  • Beverley L.
    04/01/2020 00:30

    Stunning place

  • Mitchel D.
    03/31/2020 23:03

    Benandoner escaped terrorized, fleeing from FinMcCool's father.."They were giants"

  • Kasia K.
    03/31/2020 21:14

    it's outstanding!

  • Lorrie R.
    03/31/2020 20:55

    let's go here someday? Xox

  • Alan S.
    03/31/2020 20:54

    , que dia maravilhoso aquele! Saudades dos longínquos tempos em que podíamos viajar.

  • Capucine D.
    03/31/2020 19:56

    ❤❤❤❤

  • Roman K.
    03/31/2020 19:20

    Lava and water

  • Monique G.
    03/29/2020 11:28

    Majestueux 💥🌳🎋🌿

  • Lin d.
    03/19/2020 21:45

    I’ve been there and seen this phenomenon, it’s amazing.

  • Jesus P.
    03/18/2020 08:44

    Columnar basalt

  • Dražen D.
    02/28/2020 21:51

    Ancient trees

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