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Natural wonder

An ancient volcanic fissure eruption

The Giant's Causeway is a natural wonder located on the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. It is a geological formation made up of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, most of which are hexagonal in shape, although there are some with four, five, seven or eight sides. The columns were formed by volcanic activity around 50 to 60 million years ago. Legend has it that the Giant's Causeway was built by the giant Finn MacCool, who built a causeway of stepping stones across the sea to Scotland to challenge his Scottish rival, Benandonner. However, when Finn saw how massive Benandonner was, he fled back to Ireland and asked his wife to disguise him as a baby. When Benandonner came looking for Finn, he saw the "baby" and assumed that Finn must be enormous, so he fled back to Scotland, destroying the causeway as he went. Visitors can explore the unique rock formations and take in the stunning coastal views, as well as learn about the geological and cultural significance of the site at the visitor center.

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Located on the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland.

How to get there:

By Bus: You can take a bus to Giant’s Causeway from Belfast, which takes approximately 1.5 hours. There are several bus companies that offer this service, including Translink and Causeway Rambler. By Car: If you have a car, you can drive to Giant’s Causeway. It is located on the North Antrim coast of Northern Ireland, and is approximately 3 hours from Dublin and 1.5 hours from Belfast. There is a car park at the visitor centre. Once you arrive at Giant’s Causeway, you can explore the site on foot, take a guided tour, or visit the visitor centre to learn more about the geological formation and history of the area.

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