‘Incredible’ UNESCO site named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the UK – ‘spectacular’

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A UNESCO World Heritage site, one very special bit of coast in Northern Ireland has been recognised as a UK Natural Wonder. With a history going back 60 million years, this site is not only beautiful, it is also mind boggling.

The UNESCO site is roughly 70 hectares of land (and 160 hectares of sea), plenty for visitors to explore.

Giant’s Causeway is made up of 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns by the sea.

The only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland is beautiful no matter the weather and is a must visit attraction for most holidaymakers.

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There are two explanations as to what created the stones of Giant’s Causeway.

The myth tells of an Irish giant, Finn MacCool, trying to cross the sea to confront Scottish giant Benandonner.

Finn would be the creator of the Giant’s Causeway.

Science, however, tells a story of volcanic activity between 50 and 60 million years ago.

Whether the myth or the scientific explanation catch visitors’ fancy, the Causeway is nature at its best.

On Tripadvisor, most visitors were in awe of the natural wonder.

Darren P said: “Spectacular views.

“Nothing prepared us for the location, views and friendliness of the people.

“A must do thing whilst in Northern Ireland and would recommend following the coast roads etc and seeing even more natural beauty.”

Jacqueline E said: “The site deserves its UNESCO rating, the landscape is incredible, and the pathway in the main is tarmac, only when you get close to the causeway itself does the pathway become very slightly uneven which does make taking photos a little more difficult.

“There are a few places to sit along the path (wooden boxes rather than benches) where you can catch your breath and take time to look around at the incredible scenery.”

David H wrote: “The Causeway itself was amazing, stretching right out into the sea. It was a bit difficult to clamber up but well worth the effort to walk out and appreciate the history and the views from the top.

“This is one of the most historic attractions in the UK, and well worth a visit.”

Visitors to the Causeway can follow the route at sea level and see the stones of the Grand Causeway.

There is also the Giant’s Boot, which was apparently lost by Finn, who was a size 93.5.

The Wishing Chair is a natural throne where visitors can take a seat.

The Camel was Finn’s steed, now turned to stone. Or for the less fanciful, it’s a basaltic dyke.

The site also has Clifftop Trails, which are worth the effort for visitors who want to explore the area in more depths.

Britons who love a challenge can go from the sea front to the cliff top by taking the Shepherd’s Steps.

The UK Wonders were named by Merrell in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

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