The Giant’s Causeway; WorldAtlas.com


UK – Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast

The Giant’s Causeway was dedicated as a World Heritage Site in 1986.

5. Description

The Giant’s Causeway is a heritage site located on the northern coast of Northern Ireland in Antrim County, about 4.8km northeast of Bushmills. It is an area of close to 40,000 interlocking column of basalt that resulted from a volcanic eruption in over 50 to 60 million years ago. The name ‘Giant’ comes from a mythical belief by the Irish people that it was a giant known as Fionn mac Cumhaill that built the causeway to meet with Scottish giant for a fight. In the year 1986, Giant’s Causeway was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The move was followed by the Environmental Department of Northern Ireland declaring the causeway as a national nature reserve in 1987.

 

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