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VOLCANIC STEPPING STONES
Member Name: tufty
Date: 05/09/00, updated on 05/09/00 (345 review reads)
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If you have never been to N. Ireland and visited the Grand Causeway then you don’t know what you are missing.
Situated 12km. East of Portrush it is one of the most famous sights to be seen in Ireland. There are 6km of sheer cliffs rising to over 90m. and forming a series of bays, which are spectacular. The National Trust provides a 8 km of coastal path which will take you the whole way to Whitepark Bay, and a small bus will also take visitors down to the Grand Causeway itself.
The Grand Causeway is an astonishing complex of basalt columns packed tightly together and the tops of these form stepping stones which lead from the cliff foot to disappear under the sea. Columns, which are very similar, can also be found on the Island of Staffa in the Hebrides, this is why the story goes that the road was built by the giant Finn MacCool to enable him to cross over to Scotland.
There are about 37,000 of these stone columns mostly 6 sided, and were formed about 60 million years ago from molten lava from a great volcanic eruption thus making the Antrim plateau. There are different formations with odd names like, the fan, the punchbowl, the King and his Nobles to name a few.
The fame of the Causeway has also increased by the discovery and recovery at Port na Spaniagh in 1967 and 1968 of the most valuable treasure ever found in a Spanish Armada wreck. The biggest ship was wrecked in a storm in that gulf in1588, 1300 men aboard only 5 survived. 10,000 objects were brought ashore and saved and put into the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
Every time I go to this unbelievable sight I am always impressed by the fact that this occurred by itself and wasn’t man made. So if you are ever in Ireland please visit this amazing place and see for yourself.