The Giant’s Causeway is a World Heritage Site that was created 50 to 60 million years ago during a period of intense volcanic activity. The size and shape of the columns is determined by the conditions and speed at which the lava cooled.
It was “discovered” in 1692 by the Bishop of Derry and became immortalized in water colour paintings of Susanna Drury in 1739. Originally there was debate as to whether the columns were the creation of men with hammers and picks, nature, or even a giant.
The Legend of Finn MacCool:
“Finn is having trouble with someone across the water. The Scottish giant Benandonner is threatening Ireland. An enraged Finn grabs chunks of the Antrim coast and throws them into the sea. The rock forms a path for Finn to follow and teach Benandonner a lesson.
Bad idea – Benandonner is terrifyingly massive. Finn beats a hasty retreat, followed by the giant, only to be saved by our hero’s quick-thinking wife who disguised him as a baby. The angry Scot saw the baby and decided if the child was that big, the daddy must be really huge.” (Source – Ireland.com)