I am so excited to be here! Like Dunluce, the last time I was here the wind was howling – preventing us from actually seeing the rather odd geologic feature we had come to visit. Today the weather is hot and still, so I have no concerns about getting unexpectedly tossed into the ocean!
While the causeway is of the greatest interest to most visitors, the headlands above it are great for hiking – so we decide to avoid some of the other tourists by heading through the Giant’s Gate to stroll around a small bay on the other side of the causeway.
The path takes us through a lush coastal meadows before winding up along the headlands. We can see the trail winding above us as far as the lookout point above Port Reostan . . . it looks enticing, but it’s hot and I’m a wimp, so we set a formation known as the Organ our goal.
The Organ is a basalt formation similar to the one that forms the causeway itself. It’s pretty dramatic when viewed from below.
So we continue on.
The trail beyond this point is closed after part of it collapsed, but Andy has hiked here in the past. He makes me wish we could continue on. . . but we turn and head back toward the causeway and the rest of the tourists.
The Giant’s Causeway was built by Fionn mac Cumhail (Finn McCool) in the distant past to allow him to easily walk to Scotland to fight the giant Benandonner. However, when he reached Scotland and saw (from a distance) that Benandonner was truly gigantic, Fionn fled back to Ireland. Benandonner soon followed. To protect Fionn, his wife disguised him as a baby. When Benendonner arrived, Fionn’s wife invited him in and offered to let him sit and wait with her while she watched the baby until Fionn arrived home. One look at the size of that “baby” was enough to send Benandonner running home in fear, tearing up the causeway behind him so the Irish giant would not follow him back to Scotland.
Of course, geologists claim that these weird hexagonal basalt columns formed here due to volcanic activity 60-plus million years ago. You can choose what to believe.
I could stay all day.