Oops- wrong giant. This post is about another giant, the breathtaking Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland which is about a stones throw from the town of Bushmill. There is a legend of how the hexagonal columns came about concerning not one but two giants but scientists tell us that the basaltic columns we see today were created by intense volcanic activity some 50 to 60 million years ago. The legend though is a lot more fun than the science in my opinion.
There are a couple of versions regarding the giants legend but this is the gist of it. The Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill aka Finn MacCool was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn took the challenge building the causeway across the North Channel to Scotland so they could meet for the fight. When Fionn sees how much larger Benandonner is than he, Fionn has his wife, Úna, disguise him as a baby and tuck him into a cradle. Apparently, when the giant Benandonner saw the size of the ‘baby’, he decides that its father, Fionn, must be a giant among giants. He flees back to Scotland in fright, destroying the causeway behind him so that Fionn could not follow. Across on the other side where Benandonner lived are more of the basalt columns. So…..you figure it out.
We drove through Belfast but didn’t stop to tour because our goal was to get to the Boyne Valley and visit Newgrange before we ended our tour of Ireland in Dublin.
In the next post I’ll share the pictures of the passage tombs or more fittingly, the ancient temples that are older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Constructed about 3,200 B.C. the mounds are only by guided tour from the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre on the south side of the river Boyne. We were blessed and made one of the last tours of the day.
So till then,