Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

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The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. Located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (5 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the Giant's Causeway was named the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom.

Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is located along the coastline of the county, Antrim, in Northern Ireland. It takes the centrepiece as the crown’s unique jewel. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Known as the 8th wonder of the world to many here in Ireland and beyond, it’s a place where myth and science meet. The spectacular basalt columns formed through the rapid cooling of the lava from an underwater volcano captures the imagination of all who see this.

For centuries, countless visitors have explored the Giant ‘s Causeway and marvelled at its unique rock formation. The rugged symmetry and the columns never fail to intrigue and inspire visitors. To stroll on the Giant’s Causeway is to voyage back in time.

Marvellous Giant’s Causeway

  • The visitor’s centre:

Rising and blending into the landscape, with walls of glass, basalt columns, and a state-of-the-art interior, the Giants’ Causeway visitor centre is truly innovative. The centre boasts several exhibition areas and a grass roof with a 360-degree view of the coastline. It also provides education one needs to ingest before and after the trip to the stones and their surrounding areas. Explore the interactive spaces and unlock the secrets of this inspirational landscape.

  • Grand Causeway

The grand Causeway is the largest of three rock outcrops that make up the Giant's Causeway. These collections of curious columns contributed to the Causeway being designated northern Ireland’s only world heritage site by UNESCO in 1986.

  • Giant’s boot:

In port offer, one will find a small path leading towards the sea. This takes you to the bay’s most famous feature the Giant’s boot. This is famous with youngsters for a perfect selfie shot.

  • Wishing chair:

If you thought the Giant’s Causeway couldn’t get any magical then take a seat in the famous wishing chair. An essential stop on any visit, the wishing chair is a natural throne formed from a perfectly arranged set of columns. Its basalt is shiny, smooth, and very comfortable. A perfect location for a memorable picture.

  • The camel:

The camel is a basaltic dyke, formed from cooling lava that has pushed its way through other rock layers. Once believed to be a living and lively beast, the camel was turned to stone and forlornly lies along the bottom of the cliffs.

The clifftop experience:

A guided route provides spectacular coastal scenery; it gives a bird’s eye view of the Giant ‘s Causeway with the clifftop trails. Boasting many undiscovered views of the coastline the clifftop hikers are rewarded with a rarely seen view of the Giant ‘s Causeway as they approach the stones at the end of a splendid walk.

Giant’s Causeway walking trails

  • The blue trail: the blue trail at the Giant's Causeway has the most footfall of all the Causeway trails as it leads directly to the world-famous stones.
  • The red trail: the red trail at the Giant's Causeway is a bracing clifftop walk with spectacular views of the world-famous Causeway Coast and north channel.
  • The green trail: take a clifftop walk towards Runkerry Beach, located just next to the Causeway with views of the stones, and on most days to Scotland and the Inishowen peninsula in Ireland too. This walk takes you along our land which has significant numbers of breeding skylark, stonechat, linnet, and occasional chough. Parts of this walk also follow the route of the Bushmills heritage railway.

Wildlife at Giant’s Causeway

Grazing livestock has returned to the “bay of cows “on the world’s renowned heritage site, for the first time in half a century. There’s something really special about witnessing this rural scene at such an iconic landmark. The national trust initiative aims to boost the population of wildflowers and insects. Other species set to benefit include a rare micro snail.

Wildflower meadow:

The wildflower meadow next to the visitor centre is not only an idyllic image of the countryside but also a vital feeding and nesting habitat for insects, butterflies, birds small animals, and other wildlife. The summer brings a fabulous flush of colour and sweet smells to fully grown wildflower meadows.

Arts & collections:

Some of the notable collections include paintings, furniture, ceramics, books, tapestries, and more.

  • Painting and collections: They include great masterpieces from Bosch and Rembrandt to Stubbs and Burne Jones. The paintings include from medieval to modern times. There are over 13000 oil paintings, the largest in the UK.

The collection of sculptures in the national trust covers thousands of years of making, by artists across the world, in an array of different media. Each collection tells a particular story of a person or family, reflecting their tastes, ideas, achievements, and relationship. The collection ranges from Elizabethan power and loyalty to the Nile delta to Kingston lacy. It also has ranged from the earliest known wood carving to brass modernist work.

  • Books and ceramics:

Uncover some of the greatest treasures of the libraries, from elaborately decorated manuscripts and rare early editions to books with unique personal connections. The ceramic collection is vast. Discover some of the highlights including an early Ming dish (a Mughal treasure) to an exquisite Japanese porcelain bowl and a beautifully painted dish signed by the renaissance master.

Explore shopping:

No tour is complete without shopping especially when there is a wide range of collections to pick from.

  • Classic homeware: from scented candles and artisans’ sculptures to beautiful ceramics, glittery glassware, bring a contemporary feel to your home.
  • Garden décor:

Add a touch of style to any outdoor with the unique ornaments, garden accessories, tealight holders, decorative plants stakes, and outdoor mirrors. Other collections include stationery, blankets and throws, shopping bags, umbrellas, classic fashionable scarves, hats, and gloves. These also make for a great gift.

Cuisines at Giant’s Causeway

  • Giant’s Causeway grab n go café:

Homemade delicious soup, stews, sandwiches, and sweets are some of the must-haves here. Enjoy a selection of local tasty food and refreshments in the café. A quick cappuccino or a muffin…the menu is sure to have something to tempt everyone.

  • Eat at the nook:

The nook sources food as locally as possible. Fresh produce is the fare of the day here.it serves seafood and vegetarian delights.

The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most picturesque places and a marvel of nature. Its magnificent scenery and grand views with powerful waves crashing against the massive stone cliffs is a spectacular vision. A must-visit place when in Northern Ireland.

 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway