The Giants Causeway Tale
Very Few locations can match the mystical appeal of Northern Irish Coast. The region teems with splendors architectural medieval-style castles, places of worship, cliffs, glens and rolling mountains around every corner. There are many compelling reasons to visit N Ireland, and yet, the biggest tourist pull remains to be the iconic coastal location where legend has it GIANTS once roamed – The Giants Causeway.
The Giant’s Causeway is the only World Heritage Site on the island of Ireland. Set against the backdrop of the blue river are 40,000 columns of hexagonal columns and rows of rocks – that form a tight pathway on the North Antrim Coast. The grandness of the scene has been imaginatively described as everything from Giant’s pebbles of honeycomb to jigsaw puzzles. However, there is more to this awesome sight than it would seem.
The Extraordinary Legend of The Giant’s Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway is stunningly remarkable, and yet, it is the legend behind the famous rock formations which unfailingly grips any visitors imagination. You would think it may be that a real person developed this as a tourist attraction. Irish mythology does not teach this tho. The story is that a big giant called Finn McCool built these rocks as stepping stones to reach a beautiful lassie on the nearby Scottish coast. However, the more widely taught tale is that of Finn Mc falling out with another giant from bonnie Scotland. Determined to teach the Scottish giant a firm lesson, Finn Mc throws rocks into the sea, so he can use them as stepping stones to reach the other giant. However, when he sees the other giants size in comparison from afar, he retracts and runs back across the causeway destroying as much as he can of it in the process.
However the Scottish giant still makes it across and comes looking for McCool, the latter’s clever wife takes charge. She entertains the Scottish Giant, looks after him well, all the while telling him that her husband is away and will arrive back shortly. She shows the giant in wait there new born baby – Its really Finn McCool wrapped in a blanket. The Scottish Giants is shocked at the size of the baby. He hears a voice in his head and thinks, “How big would my rival be then?” Thus, changing his mind about waiting around to confront Finn – little does he know the baby is actually Finn lol.
The story although only a famous children’s tale is what many tourists chose to believe, and most tourists take with them this charming mythical story over other explanations offered from science, where rock formations have been the result of a volcanic eruptions thousands years ago.
Whether you are a newbie or an accomplished traveller, we offer a range of tours around and beyond Belfast designed around your time and budget constraints. Take the Belfast Hop on Hop off Tour to make sure you see all the highlights of Northern Ireland’s most famous city, alternatively for fans of HBO’s famous show the Game of Thrones Tour from Belfast proves to be a really popular choice as it visits the Giants Causeway as a bonus location.