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Best Natural Wonders In The World: Ancient Giants In The Giant’s Causeway Of Ireland

Updated on April 04, 2012

The Giant’s Causeway is not only the number one attraction in Northern Ireland but has been named as the third natural wonder in the United Kingdom. Many people would argue that it is the best natural formation in the world. 

Situated within the coastline of Antrim, great rock formations can be seen. These are shaped as hexagonal columns made of basalt. It is hardly believable that these are a natural phenomenon of some 40,000 ‘tile like’ column structures.

Such a magnificent sight to be seen! A mass of stepping stones immersed in water that meets dry land. It feels like you are the wind flipping from one stone to another, insignificant but strong, in its presence. This hub is one of the hubtrail articles for you to enjoy.

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Map Depicting The Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway - A Pathway to Scotland

What a playground that Finn MacCool has created! Oh, he was THE Giant – as giant go - amongst Giants. He created the causeway as a path to Scotland. Well as Celtic Irish mythology would lead us to believe!

Finn Maccool

Rest Little Baby on the Causeway...

I don’t think he was very happy with the Scottish giant, Benandonner, because he wanted to fight him. Well, you know guys when testosterone kicks in – egos and all that caper!! However, as he slept on the causeway – he was walking over to battle the Scottish giant - Benandonner crossed the way to find him. As a good protective Wife of Finn McCool, Oonagh, laid a blanket over him and pretended to the Scottish giant that her baby son was lying there.

You would have thought the chatter between the two would have awoken the sleeping Irish giant (funny how guys manage to sleep through a crisis eh?) but he carried on regardless. Blessed are the peacemakers and it is quick thinking of Oonagh who managed to convince the Scottish Giant to save her husband from impending battle.

Oognah

Finn MacCool Creates a Wonder of the World

When Benandonner saw the size of the baby, he could only assume that Finn McCool must be enormous. With this thought he ran back to Scotland, ripped up the causeway in the process, scared.

This is one story from the legend but there is a variation. Both stories all end the same as previously described.

It is thought, the huge Finn McCool, after seeing the big bulk of the Scottish giant, fled back without him noticing. He then asked his wife to disguise him as a baby to psychologically ward off the Scottish Giant. Oonagh then found a rock that was shaped like a steak, painted it and then gave it to Benandonner. In the meantime, the baby was given a real steak, which was eaten easily. How could this be when his steak was so hard? This scared the Scottish Giant and, like the other story, runs away for fear of the family’s great strength.

In the below video, however, there is another version of the story.  You can imagine Irish families, sitting in front of a huge fire, talking and making up these stories to while away the time before bed.

Natural Wonders In The World - Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway!

Irish Celtic Molten Lava - The Hexagram!

The cooling of molten lava approximately 55 million years ago created this magnificent set of natural structures. The chocolate brown hexagram shapes seem to gleam under the waves of the sea. These shapes are made of basaltic, which form regular shapes through the mineral’s molecular structure.

Route Bridge Over Atlantic - Giant's Causeway

The Smallest Bridge to Cross the Atlantic is in Northern Ireland's Causeway!

There is a bridge that crosses the Atlantic – the only one in the world! However, it has to be one of the smallest bridges in the world to cross such a sea! Well 20 metres isn’t much now is it?!

If you ever want to see God’s true natural world – it’s wildness, ruggedness and beauty - then you won’t get much closer than in Northern Ireland’s Causeway.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      This was a truly masterful hub, sights and stories I have never heard before. I am educated by you yet again Shazwellyn.

      I love your work, what can I say?

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Faybe... that is really nice of you! I love all these little folk stories... like Aesop, there is something to learn in them all.

      Glad you like it x

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hiya, I have always wanted to go there. My friend returned from there recently and said, that even though she was born quite near there, it always takes her breath away when she goes there every time. Thanks this was great, and made me think about it again. cheers nell

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      It is a beautiful natural curiosity, don't you think? It is also fairly close to Scotland, so it makes you wonder how a short strip of water could create a barrier.

      Is it any wonder that the stories of Finn Maccool have grown? Symbolic representations must have been born out of conflict with the Scottish neighbour!

      Thanks for reading Nell x

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      loved the hub, always wanted to see the giant's causeway.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      jayjay Life is for living.... do it babes! x

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      These natural wonders are stunning!..and I love the tales too. Well done!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you Green Lotus... we both love green, dont we! hehehe

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      michiganman567 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for your hub. I never heard of the giant causeway. Now I learned something new today.

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for this read it was very interesting and loved the pictures great job.

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      An exceptional read, you've done a truly amazing job on this hub. The pictures are phenomenal. I absolutely love the way you write.

      Great Job,

      Sage

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      christianbooks 7 years ago

      great hub !

      First time I have read about The giant Causeway -- and wow from the pictures you posted it's not a question why its one of the natural wonders of the world -- it's beauty is priceless !

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, I didn't know it was the 3rd wonder in the UK. I look forward to seeing it some day. "Magnificent" is the world.

      Thanks to you - my Geographical knowledge has increased. :)

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Michiganman... learn a little everyday.. come and join the fun today! Glad you liked it!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Ladyjane.. that is very kind of you.. the Giant's Causeway is far more beautiful in real life and it is always changing.. Can you imagine the flecks of light reflecting on a rained upon stone? Just twinkling! It is indeed a sight! x

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Sage.. what a lovely compliment.. thanks x

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Christianbooks.. it is like God smiling on the earth. Such a marvel! Thanks for reading x

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      LadyE... Being in the UK.. it is a must see! Take heed of the Irish heart...it's 'a good crack', eh?

      Have fun and be at one with our natural wonder!

      Thanks for reading x

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      A very high quality hub. Keep writing.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Aaron.. thank you my friend, you are kind x

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      This is a very cool Hub. I knew about the causeway but nothing about the legends surrounding it. I enjoyed learning about it, especially from a witty writer. Thanks for the pleasure.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      It's my pleasure James x

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      Doire60 7 years ago from Cleator Moor

      Hi Shazwellyn, enjoyed your wee article, my actual name is Tom McCool, I currently live in Cumbria, Doire(Derry in gaelic) is my home town, but I've got a holiday home in Donegal. I took some friends over May 2009, and we took long road around Antrim coast, a beautiful sunny day at carraig a rede and causway.

      Thanks for letting the world know about "uncle' Finn's steps!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Tom McCool is extremely cool! It is a beautiful place and brings out our inner peace. Lovely that you have regular links to Ireland.

      Thanks for writing:)

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      27 6 years ago

      great job i loved it

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      shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks 27 - Come on over to the Giants causeway! :)

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Very informative hub.

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      shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

      @fossillady - thank you :)

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