The Giantâ€™s Causeway was formedÂ between 50 and 60 million years agoÂ byÂ an ancient volcanic eruption. Â The cooling lava contracted, forming the unique â€œstepping stoneâ€ rock formation. The columns are mostly hexagonal, but some have seven or eight sides.
In 1986, the Giants Causeway was included on the UNESCO World Heritage site list as both a cultural and natural site, one of only 25 in the world to achieve this status.
Unable to comprehend howÂ unusual and spectacular landscape was a natural feature of the landscape, our ancient ancestorsÂ believedÂ the causeway was built by the mythical Irish giantÂ Fionn Mac Cumhaill.
The Legend of Fionn Mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) and the Giantâ€™s Causeway
The â€œGiantâ€™s Causewayâ€ is named afterÂ the legends of Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool), the leader of the ancientÂ FiannaÂ warriors in Ireland.
According to mythology, Fionn built the causeway as stepping stones to cross the Irish sea in order to battleÂ Benandonner, a ScottishÂ giant. Although a giant himself, when Fionn reachedÂ Scotland he saw that Benandonner was almost twice his size, and immediately retreatedÂ with his rivalÂ in pursuit. Fionnâ€™sÂ wife disguised himÂ as a baby, and on seeing the child,Â Benandonner fled homeÂ fearing how enormous itâ€™s father must be.
Attractions:Â Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge,Â Giant’s Causeway