60 million years of weathering are slowly taking their toll
looks like a few people have made it here before us
the rocks turn black when wet
the new visitor center was opened in 2012
you see the same features higher up the hill
some blocks have cheated with the hexagonal principle
Some 60 M years ago, Northern Ireland saw extensive volcanic activity with huge outflows of molten basalt
. When things started to
cool and contract, at some places the surface fractured into mostly hexagonal pillars and columns, thus creating what is now
called the Giant's Causeway
Legend has it that the causeway was built by an Irish giant
as stepping stones to nearby
Scotland where he was to challenge a local competitor.
Tourists have visited this natural wonder ever since the 1880s and presently the site is Northern
Ireland's most popular destination with 1 million visitors per year.
From the new visitor center it is a short walk
to the main formations where you can climb and walk over these peculiar basaltic pillars and cobbles and enjoy the view of the rugged
We visited the giant's work in June 2018.
we are on our way
yes, this is where we are heading
looks almost like the work of a road maker
some reddish prisms
time for a refreshment in the Nook