Northern Ireland is beautiful in its own way! Natural beauty, historic sights, and delicious food, you’ll find all this and more here. But do you know the best place to visit in Ireland? It’s got to be the Giant’s Causeway Coast, located in the County Antrim of Northern Ireland. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, what sets apart this area is the 40,000 basalt columns which are believed to have from over 50-60 million years ago due to volcanic activity. Also, the place has a GoT connection too! Read on to find out more about this natural wonder.
What is Giant’s Causeway Coastal Route?
It’s an area on the northern Irish coast, in County Antrim, which is made up of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns! It is believed that around 50-60 thousand years ago, County Antrim was subject to intense volcanic activity. So, when the thick lava cooled down, it resulted in these hexagon-shaped rocks. In fact, due to this shape, it seems like they are man-made, but they are not! It’s all a natural wonder! The tallest stones are about 12 meters (39 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 meters (92 ft) thick in places.
Legend Behind The Giant’s Causeway
According to a popular legend in Ireland, once Finn McCool, a giant, who lived in Northern Ireland built the causeway to cross over to Scotland so he could fight a Scottish giant. And when he arrived in Scotland, he realized that the Scottish giant is a bit far bigger and fiercer than he could ever imagine, and he ran back across the causeway to his house!
The Scenic Views
Walking along the cliff tops, gazing out to sea and spotting Scotland in the distance, you will love every bit of the route. And if you don’t want to walk down you can experience the Giant’s Causeway from a completely different vantage point with a boat trip.
Connection With Game of Thrones
If you’re a fan of Game Of Thrones, then Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coastal Route would seem familiar to you. Why? Perched on the cliffs of the Causeway Coast, Dunluce Castle was shown as the House of Greyjoy in the series.
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