The Giant’s Causeway: County Antrim, Northern Ireland

The Giant’s Causeway

Source: By code poet on flickr. –, CC BY-SA 2.0,

A second place in the 1,000 places to see before you die calendar was Northern Ireland’s “otherworldly Giant’s Causeway.” These interlocking basalt columns are the result of volcanic fissure eruption some 50-60 million years ago. UNESCO called the regularly shaped polygonal columns off the coast of County Antrim near Bushmills:

40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea…
Engraving by Susanna Drury, 1768. A View of the Giant’s Causeway: East Prospect. Public Domain,

The massive columns gave rise to legends of giants (maybe) and you can read a version at the link to Wikipedia. The columns disappear under the sea, and emerge again at Fingal’s Cave on the Scottish isle of Staffa.

Giant’s Causeway at sunset. By Chmee2, CC BY 3.0.


The Giant’s Causeway “…appear like stone honeycombs or remnants of ancient columns.”

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17 Responses to The Giant’s Causeway: County Antrim, Northern Ireland

  1. Katie says:

    Definitely on my bucket list.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. John S says:

    Was there in 2019 with my son. An awesome sight.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. John S says:

    I wrote a little about the overall trip here.

    And used a photo from the Giant’s Causeway here
    Not exactly majestic photos, I have others. It is definitely a trip worth the time and money.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. peggy says:

    Wow – very interesting. Ireland was a place I always wanted to visit. Doubtt at my age that I ever will, but find your photos and information interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. socialbridge says:

    Yes, definitely worth a visit but I wouldn’t go completely out of my way to go there. Lots and lots of beauty in Northern Ireland generally. I guess I tend to be let down by the places here that get all the publicity and overwhelmed by the many which don’t.

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