The Giant’s Causeway

Posted by on August 14, 2012

As the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom, the Giant’s Causeway sits right on the coast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

This is where thousands of basalt pillars rise from the ground, the result of volcanic activity some 60 million years ago.

The columns appear almost handcrafted, designed and chiseled by some earthly architect. In truth, they are simply the remnants of cooled and contracted lava, given their shape by an “extensive fracture network.”

The Causeway Columns
Image: Flickr/Yves Cosentino via CC by 2.0

While the causeway is a natural phenomenon, it exists in legend as the “stomping ground” of the ancient giant Finn McCool. He had, so the story goes, built the causeway as stepping stones to Scotland.

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.