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Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland Photographs from Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland, December 2007

Here are a few photos taken from the Antrim coast in December 2007, just a few days before Christmas. Most of them are taken from the cliff-top path heading east between the Giant's Causeway and the ruins of Dunseverick Castle. The remaining one photo, of Carrick-a-Rede Island, is taken from near the entrance to where the famous rope bridge would have been. The rope bridge is closed during the autumn and winter months.

The weather couldn't have been better considering the time of year - clear blue skies but quite cold and very windy - not a problem providing you have good warm clothing. It made for some spectacular scenery with clear views of Rathlin Island and even across the North Channel to the Mull of Kintyre on the Scottish mainland.

The Giant's Causeway (Clochán na bhFómharach) is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It's located on the north Antrim coast, about 3 kilometres north of Bushmills, the town made famous by the Old Bushmills Distillery and the whisky that originated there. The distillery was founded in 1608 and is the oldest licensed distillery in the world. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a National Nature Reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven and eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres thick in places. It's currently owned and managed by the National Trust and is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.

The legend of the Giant's Causeway is about the quarrel between two giant's, Finn McCool (Fionn mac Cumhaill) of Ireland and his Scottish counterpart, Benandonner. Benandonner is said to have built a causeway from Scotland to fight with Finn. Finn's wife Oonagh laid a blanket him over in a pram and she told Benandonner that the baby was Finn's son. When Benandonner saw the size of the baby, he thought that Finn would be much bigger and stronger than him and he fled back across the sea to Scotland, tearing up the causeway as he went.

This is just one of several variations on the legend.


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