The Giant’s Causeway

An easy day trip from Belfast, this UNESCO heritage listed site is truly a unique place to behold.

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50 to 60 million years ago volcanic activity and lava are the explanation for the rock formation that is the Giant’s Causeway today.

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However, personally I’d like to believe the Gaelic legend instead.

There are a few different versions on how the tale ends but my favourite is this one.

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The myth goes that an Irish giant named Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) was challenged to a fight by his Scottish counterpart across the North Channel.

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Finn built a bridge (the Giant’s Causeway) to reach him.

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Once crossed, Finn saw how large this giant was and returned home where his clever wife disguised him as a sleeping baby.

When the Scottish giant witnessed the size of the ‘baby’ he didn’t want to take his chances on its father.

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The Scottish giant retreated back via the Giant’s Causeway, destroying it behind him.

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Interestingly enough, there are apparently rock formations just like the ones in my pictures on the shores of Scotland- remnants of a bridge that was once used by giants perhaps?

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