The Giant’s Causeway amazes thousands of visitors each year and is one of the most popular sights in Northern Ireland. With that said, we thought we’d give you some information on this outstanding natural wonder. Of course, you can experience it first-hand on a Giant’s Causeway tour, but we’ve put together some of our favourite facts about the Causeway.
About the Causeway
Each year, thousands of people visit the Giant’s Causeway in order to witness this amazing and unique rock formation for themselves.
- According to research, there are over 40,000 columns that start at the cliff and disappear into the sea
- Not all columns are shaped the same – some have four sides and others have seven or eight
- Some of the pillars are so close together that even a knife blade cannot be wedged between them
- The pillars vary in size, with some being above 30 feet tall.
- The majority of the columns average 50cm across
- Visitors are able to walk along the Causeway as it’s labelled a public right of way
- Razorbills, cormorants and petrels are among the birds which are frequently spotted along the Antrim coast
- In 1986, UNESCO declared the Giant’s Causeway to be the fourth best natural wonder in the world. It is also the only labelled natural wonder in Northern Ireland
- It draws thousands of visitors each year and is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular attractions
- The Causeway is also home to some very rare plants
The History of the Giant’s Causeway
Throughout the ages, many have claimed to know the history of the Causeway. However, you will need to decide for yourself what you believe to be true.
The popular myth states that the Giant’s Causeway was created by Irish giant Finn McCool. He created the Causeway by grabbing chunks from the Antrim coast and throwing them into the sea in order to battle his Scottish enemy, Benandonner. However, the scientific argument states that the coast was created by an intense volcanic reaction which caused the lava to form these shapes when cooled. The eruption is said to have taken place over 50 million years ago.
What we can say for definite, however, is that the Causeway is a unique natural rock formation. Interestingly, it has also been responsible for many shipwrecks over the years. In 1588, a Spanish ship hit the rocks and sank leaving 1,000 sailors to perish in the water. Since then, this has also been known as Spaniard Rock.
The Giant’s Causeway continues to be a popular tourist attraction and with interest growing year after year, it seems certain that it will continue to be a popular attraction many years from now. For more information, consider booking a Giant’s Causeway tour – you won’t regret it.