Myth of the Giant’s Causeway
The cliffs are sharp, the land a vibrant green and the sea a dark blue. After rolling along the green coast of Northern Ireland, I was arriving at the Giant’s Causeway. This unique combination of rocks is a geological rarity, and it’s no surprise it has fuelled many an Irish storyteller.
Squinting into the distance from the Causeway Drive, it’s almost possible to make out the distant shores of Scotland. And it’s this location that probably helped give rise to the myth associated with the Giant’s Causeway, which—like many of the Emerald Isle’s tales—is linked to the mythical hunter/warrior Finn McCool.
World Heritage Site, the most popular attraction of Northern Ireland. As I walked downhill on the path, the Giant’s Causeway was hidden from view until I descended and turned the corner at the bottom of the cliff.
As I got closer, I noticed the distinct shapes of the rocks—small pillars and tall columns, perfectly symmetrical hexagons made from basalt rock, a result of volcanic activity 60 million years ago. Although they looked like they were carved by machinery, the rocks are natural formations, at odds with the standard cliff outcroppings surrounding them.