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Top 3 Reasons to Visit Northern Ireland's Gem: The Giant's Causeway



Located on the picturesque coast of County Antrim, Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its extraordinary rock formations. The formations of hexagonal columns result from volcanic activity, making the site a geological wonder.


The area is steeped in folklore and boasts a stunning coastal landscape with cliffs, bays, and breathtaking views. But what sets the Giant's Causeway apart and makes it a must-visit destination in Northern Ireland?




 

Here are a few reasons why it is one of Northern Ireland's 

most popular tourist destinations:

 

1. The area is a geological wonder


Approximately 60 million years ago, Giant's Causeway was formed. Large gaps developed as Europe separated from North America, allowing molten rock and lava to surge to the surface. Over time, volcanic eruptions, glacial shifting, erosion, and even more lava affected the area.


The 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns were formed by the cooling and contracting of molten lava that pushed its way up through chalk beds. The columns resemble stepping stones, which led to stories about giants using them to build things in the days of old.



Spanning approximately four miles, the site is flanked by cliffs on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.  While most visitors park at the Causeway Centre and walk to the central viewing area, it's worth noting there are many parts of this geological wonder that remain unseen by visitors.


A big thanks goes out to the National Trust. The organization made it accessible for everyone to explore this natural wonder by adding walkways and so much more.



2. Legends and stories about giants thrill visitors as well as the locals!

According to legend, an Irish giant named Finn McCool built a pathway across the sea to Scotland to confront his rival, a Scottish giant named Benandonner. After their epic encounter, Benandonner destroyed the pathway while fleeing back to Scotland.


The remains of this pathway can still be seen today at the Giant's Causeway. There's even a giant-sized boot fossilized at the site in a bay known as 'Port Noffer' or 'Bay of the Giant' by the locals.


3. The coastal area is a valuable international treasure.


The Giant's Causeway is a special place needing protection for the future. The National Trust has been stewarding its care since 1961. Over the past fifty years, they've made it easier for people to visit by building paths so that everyone can explore this beautiful part of the coast.


In 1986, Giant's Causeway and the Causeway Coast were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. UNESCO World Heritage Sites are natural or cultural sites considered to be of "outstanding universal value" and have global significance.



I visited the Giants Causeway recently and enjoyed it immensely. However, it can be very busy with lots of tour groups, so plan to arrive early in the day. It is estimated that over 850,000 tourists visit annually!



Northern Ireland has plenty to offer those wishing to visit the Emerald Isle. There are lively pubs and music, lovely farms with sheepdog presentations, farm-to-table meals, and Michelin-star cuisine.  And let's not forget one of their most valuable resources - the Irish people! 


If you think a trip to Northern Ireland is in order, I would love to chat with you.  I have plenty of recommendations and ideas to help craft your vacation into the perfect experience! Of course, a stop to view Giant's Causeway will be on my list of recommendations! Contact me by clicking the button below, and I will help you plan your trip to Ireland.



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