Once here roamed the Giants, and now – is the main attraction in Northern Ireland.Imagine a journey of 40,000 polygonal pillars, deepening into the Atlantic Ocean approximately 150 meters. Numerous basalt columns, connected by their apices to form something like a ski jump, which begins at the base of the rock, and goes into the sea.
Giants Road – coastal area consisting of 40,000 basalt columns of volcanic origin.
It is located on the north-east of Northern Ireland, 4.8 kilometers north of Bushmills. In 1986 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site , and in 1987 – a national reserve.
In 2005 a survey of “Radio Times”, the road of giants was named the fourth wonder of nature in the UK.
Most columns have a hexagonal shape, although sometimes there are columns with four, five, seven and even eight faces. These columns form a “ladder” leading from the foot of the cliffs to the sea. The height of the largest is 12 meters.
According to legend, the road was built by the ancient giant Finn McCool to reach the island of Staffa, and plunge it Galla Scottish cyclops. In turn, the giant from Scotland went on the road to Ireland, but when presented macula baby, afraid of possible dimensions of his father, and fled in panic back to a Val poles and destroying the road.
Scientific theory is that the Giants amazing road is just an ordinary consequences of a volcanic eruption, which occurred several million years ago.
About 50 to 60 million years ago during the Paleogene period, Antrim was subjected to the location of intense volcanic activity, when the hot molten basalt penetrated through the sediment, forming a vast lava plateau. With the rapid cooling there was a reduction of substance. Horizontal compression led to the formation of the characteristic structure of the hexagonal columns. The Road of the Giants – only part of the basaltic volcanic plateau Tulean formed in the Paleogene period.
Today the road is under the jurisdiction of the National Fund and is the most visited tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.