7 Amazing Giant’s Causeway Facts

Giant's Causeway FactsGiant’s Causeway, located in Northern Ireland has so many facts and legends that at times, it can be challenging to know what is true and what is not. However, the greatest fact is that has been recognized by UNESCO.

The 7 amazing Giant’s Causeway facts are:

1. Giant’s Causeway has thousands of stepping stones, shaped in hexagon formations that are positioned in the Atlantic Ocean. They were formed 60 million years ago after a number of volcanoes erupted, sending them upwards from the bottom of the ocean.

2. Despite years of scientific data, many people still believe the Causeway was actually built by 2 feuding giants, one Irish, the other Scottish. As the legend goes, the 2 met on opposite sides and tried to hit each other with stones, thus causing the creation of the bridge.

3. Because it is a nature reserve, Giant’s Causeway is free to access. The only cost to the public is parking. It is cheaper to bring your vehicle into the reserve, rather than to park it outside. The parking charges are assessed hourly outside, while one flat fee covers the entire day inside the reserve.

4. Giant’s Causeway tours are perfect for birdwatchers, geologists and even those who want to see shipwrecks; there are over 100 to explore. Anglers and deep sea or scuba divers are always welcome to visit the Causeway to spend a little time looking for buried treasure amidst the ships. In addition, the ferry rides provide the best routes for the majestic scenery and a look at the Mull of Kintyre on the Scotland or north side.

5. The Causeway Coast, or the west side is best for those who want Ireland vacation packages that include stops at Bushmills Whisky Distillery with free tasting samples, and Dunluce Castle, which has a spectacular number of Irish ruins.

6. Northern Ireland travel is something that visitors may not completely understand, because the weather changes frequently during a 24-hour period. This is especially true at the Causeway, where temperature can drop quickly because of the winds. This is something to keep in mind if you bring your children. While older ones may not have an issue with the terrain, smaller kids may not be as cautious. They also have a few tide pools which can cause some issues.

7. As you walk along the huge stones, be on the lookout for animals and plants you might not expect. They include a number of sea birds like redshank, cormorant, fulmar and shag. The foliage includes fescue and trefoil, which makes this one of the most interesting places to visit in Ireland.