GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, in Northern Ireland

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Nicknamed ” The Giant’s Pipe  Organ”

Oct 3, 2016

On the 2nd  Wild Rover Tour day trip,  the Giant’s Causeway was the 2nd stop.   The Giant’s Causeway has  a distinctive rock formation  symmetry for  almost 18 miles on the coastline.  The  rocks are  hexagon-ish  shaped tubes stacked next to each other like puzzle pieces.   It is believed to have been caused by volcanic eruptions more than 60 million years ago.

Of course, the Irish know the true story – it was really caused by the Irish  Giant Finn McCool.    Finn was having  trouble with the Scottish Giant  Benandonner  across the way.  Finn starts throwing  massive pieces of the coast toward Scotland to walk across and  teach  Benandonner a lesson.  But the Scotish giant was much more massive than Finn  and  Finn hastily retreats.    Finn’s wife quickly  disguised Finn as a baby.  Benandonner  saw the baby and  decided if the baby was that big,  then the daddy must be  even bigger.  Thus  the Scottish Giant ran back to Scotland and ceased to be a problem.

Here are my many favorite photos of  the Giant’s Causeway.

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I would be amiss if I failed to  mention how beautifully green and  rugged  the  northern  Irish coast  is on the  drive to the Giant’s Causeway.

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The scenery also  is full of grazing and lazing cattle…..

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and sheep .   What the Irish call a “woolly  jumper”  actually because the  wool comes from the sheep to make jumpers, sweaters and the like   – as  I was explained in one of the gift shops.

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We also made a photo stop at the Dunlace Castle, dating from the  13th century.   The castle is actually  eroding  off the edge of the Atlantic  coast due to wind and sea.  It was also  used  for filming in the  “Game of Thrones”.

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Coastal view  looking the opposite direction of the Dunlace Castle.

Lastly, the Irish say……
“Ireland, it’s the one place on earth
That heaven has kissed
With melody, mirth,
and meadow and mist.”

But Finn  McCool says…

“Count your joys instead of your woes,

count your friends instead of your foes.”

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

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