Romance of the rocks; David Atkinson; Traveller

UK – Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast

David Atkinson discovers the legends etched in limestone and basalt landscapes on a road trip of the Causeway Coast.

It’s a journey of fire and ice, limestone and basalt. But, most of all, as I set out from Belfast Lough to Lough Foyle, just outside Londonderry, this 190-kilometre trip comes alive with ancient folk legends.

“Ireland has the second-oldest oral tradition of storytelling in the world after Greece,” tour guide Ken McElroy says. “Old superstitions and legends – the little people, banshees and giants – are embedded in the national psyche … And the dramatic landscape of the Causeway Coast lends itself perfectly to illustrating this storytelling tradition.”

Indeed, the Giant’s Causeway, the monumental natural feature of this coast, is the focus of another of Northern Ireland’s big events this year.

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