Explore the Mystical Giant's Causeway
Whether you prefer the legend or the more factual explanation of creation by volcanic eruption, the Giant's Causeway is truly a sight to behold. With over 40,000 cylinders, the Causeway appears an endless array of basalt columns stacked one upon the other, row after row of mystical rocks sprawling out to sea. The angry waves of the North Channel crash upon the hexagonal stones, which stand like stoic soldier statues along the coast. At it's highest point the columns of the Causeway reach up over 40 feet high, and can be up to 90 feet thick in areas.
Visitors descend across the rock pillars like pilgrims to the sea, taking deliberate and prudent steps, avoiding the turbulent waters below. Spanning over 15 miles, the Giant's Causeway is lined by foot path taking you through scenic spots such as the Wishing Well, Giant's Granny and the King, Giants Organ, Honeycomb, across the staircase to Benbane, and past Port na Spaniagh where the Spanish Armada ship Girona foundered.
The lush cliff scape that rises behind the Giant's Causeway is circled by gulls overhead, calling wandering thoughts back to reality. The long rays of the sun low in the sky reflect eerily off the smooth basalt, giving off an ethereal glow. Gingerly trailing back to land across the stacked stones, with the tide rising and darkness approaching, the only thing left is the sound of the unrelenting waves crashing against the Giant's Causeway.
When to Go to Giants Causeway
Walking around the half mile Causeway loop, one has an endless supply of options for exploration. The stone steps span out to the sea in various forms, usually box or cylinder shapes. Adventurous travelers will also want to try their hand at crossing the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, which spans the deep chasm between the coast and a nearby fisherman's island.
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