Giant’s Causeway

Giant's Causeway

So, I’m back to Ireland again. It was a rainy and cool day but we knew that we wanted to see Giant’s Causeway. Giant’s Causeway is made up of a series of interlocking basalt columns. It’s really interesting to see and made me wonder how such formations came to be. Apparently, this exact question has been a source of debate for centuries. Currently, the number one theory is an ancient volcano explosion—the lava leaving strange patterns as it dried, caused the formation. I prefer the mythical version though, that Giant’s Causeway was built by—wait for it—Giants.

Giant's Causeway

There are different versions of the Legend, but my favorite goes as follows: An Irish Giant, Fionn, was going to fight a Scottish Giant, Benandonner, so Fionn built the Causeway. When Benandonner arrives, Fionn is alarmed by how much larger the Scottish giant is than himself so he hides. Fionn’s wife dresses him like a baby and when Benandonner sees the “infant” he is alarmed by its size. He thinks that if the baby is that large, then the father must be a truly gigantic giant. So, Benandonner flees back to Scotland destroying the causeway as he goes so Fionn cannot follow him. This is particularly interesting because there are the exact same shapes to be found in Scotland at Fingal’s Cave.

This whole story makes me ponder Pangaea. Were Ireland and Scotland originally connected? Too much thinking for a Friday, right?

Giant's Causeway

Anyhow, Giant’s Causeway is really something to see. I’ve never seen such uniform formations; they are truly beautiful. They catch the light and the water and make for really fun photography. Good luck catching a glimpse without tourists in the image though. If you ever have the opportunity to check this place out, I definitely recommend it.

Esther at Giant's Causeway
Esther at Giant’s Causeway
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