Whether you have travelled far and wide or just visited a few places it cannot have escaped your notice that many tourism sites are incredibly crowded. Some travellers will shy away from visiting these places altogether, which is a great shame as there is usually a good reason why so many people have chosen to converge on the most popular attractions.
In the case of the Giant’s Causeway it is to see the unusual hexagonal rock formations formed either millions years in the past through geological forces, or over hundreds of years in the exaggerating heads of the Irish – depending on whether you are a believer in science or a lover of tall tales.
Personally I like the tale of two belligerent giants shouting abuse at each other from their respective homes in Ireland and Scotland. All the more so when the Irish giant is monikered with what must be the best name in the world: Finn MacCool.
One day Finn had had enough. His foe, one Benandonner, had gone too far; perhaps questioning the validity of appointing Roy Keane to a management role with the Republic or being really patronising when pointing out what he felt was the correct way to spell ‘whisky’.
Finn threw done the rocks to build a crossing to get at his foe but snuck back across pretty sharpish when he saw the size of his enemy. Benandonner, perhaps sniffing the blood of an Irishman, knew Finn had been in his territory and himself crossed the newly laid bridge over to Ireland to confront Finn.
‘Balls,’ thought Finn, on spying out his window Benandonner crossing the causeway. ‘What am I going to do now?’ Luckily Finn had a both a clever wife and a spare massively outsized cradle. Una, the wife, suggested Finn hide in the cradle and pretend to be their sleeping baby. On seeing the size of the baby and imaging the stature of the father Benandonner himself decided to beat a hasty retreat, tearing up the bridge as he went.
Today the basalt rock remains in Northern Ireland and Scotland are all that’s left of the epic ‘leave it Dave, he’s not worth it’ type of fight still seen on a lesser scale on Saturday nights across the British Isles to this day.
There are numerous versions of the story but what isn’t in dispute is that, as the most visited destination in Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway can get pretty crowded at times. So we did what we do in these situations and took some photos of people taking photos of their friends and family.
We visited the Giant’s Causesway courtesy of Paddywagon. Many thanks to them.