If you’ve ever visited or seen photographs of Ireland, you know that this country is teeming with some gorgeous landscapes and coastal areas. And when discussing the scenic coasts of Ireland, you’d be amiss if you skipped over the historic and mind-blowing attraction of the Giant’s Causeway.
This natural wonder – one part gorgeous coastal scenery and one part unique rock formations – truly is a spectacle that defies what you’d expect from traditional parks and areas known for their rock formations.
Every year millions of visitors make their way to Ireland to see the Giant’s Causeway. Historical documentation about the causeway go back all the way to its official discovery in 1693.
And while many people call their own home country’s attractions “The Eighth Wonder of the World” fans of the Giant’s Causeway may be the people who hold the legitimate right to brag about their favorite Irish attraction.
As far as rock formations go, we’ve never seen another one even remotely like this natural Irish masterpiece. So, Empty out your storage with your climbing gear and set your clock really early and check this place out.
What Makes the Giant’s Causeway Different?
As you already know, the causeway is set on the coasts of Northern Ireland. But it’s the peculiar rock formations themselves that really mark this as a location like no other. Over 40,000 hexagonal shaped rock columns decorate the coastal landscape of the Giant’s Causeway.
The uniform shape of these rocks would almost lead you to believe that they were created by craftsmen or masons. But the truth is much more interesting…
The rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway were created some 60 million years ago.
With one volcanic outpouring following another, the lava from the volcanoes would cool and shape over time to become the magnificent columns that make up this amazing, one-of-a-kind collection of the world’s most enigmatic rock formations.
Being one of the few natural rock formations that you can really get up close and personal with, it’s easy to see why the Giant’s Causeway is such a treasured location.
There are areas where the columns and other formations are huge, but other areas where the basalts have been broken down into “biscuits” which allow you to get very close to take in the majesty of the building blocks that make up this popularly rock formation location.
The basalt columns, chimney stacks and other unique rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway, along with the proliferation of beautiful sea birds and vibrant local plants, all combine to make this natural attraction the most popular in all of Ireland.
The popular kids magazine called Highlights has also featured studies on this formation. It seems these fields of study are popular with kids and adults as well.
And being as the causeway stretches on, mile after mile, along Ireland’s northern coastal areas, the Giant’s Causeway may well be one of the most expansive natural wonders in the world.