December 31, 2012 1:13
Coast of Northern Ireland (UK), 3 km from the town of Bushmills (County Antrim) is covered by 40 thousand basalt (rarely andesitic) columns. This place is called "The Road of the Giants" (Trail of the Giant). The road, as well as the coast of Causeway Coast, where it is located, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. Most of hexagonal columns, although some four, five, seven, and eight corners. The highest tower height of about 12 meters.
According to a scientific hypothesis, these whimsical stone pillars formed 50-60 million years ago, when the eruption of a volcano-hot and very fluid basaltic lava erupted onto the surface directly in line with preexisting then the river. The outer layers of lava cooled quickly under the influence of water and stone columns were formed, as if driven into the ground (this effect was achieved through the mass of lava is forced under a river bottom).
The path to the path of the Giant:
In one of the Celtic myths III century AD says that the hero-warrior Fionn mac Koeman, who lived in Ireland, under constant abuse by his neighbor, the one-eyed giant named Gall, who lived across the strait from it (in Scotland). Once Finn Mac Koeman planned to teach the giant, and swim across the bay as he could, then began to build a bridge. Seven days and nights he carried a huge stone in the sea rods, and finally bridge was ready. Tired after hard labor Finn decided to get a good sleep for the coming struggle. At this time the Scottish giant, saw the bridge, ran over it in Ireland and started knocking on the door to the soldier. His wife was frightened and came up with a warrior trick: it swaddle him as an infant. In addition, she has treated Gall cakes, baked inside which flat iron frying pan, and when the giant began to break your teeth on them, gave the second cake, a simple, "baby", the Finn, who calmly ate it. Imagine what a giant would be the father of this rather big "baby", Gall fled in terror, on the way to destroy the bridge. Therefore, up to now remained only the beginning of the bridge stretching into the sea.
On the coast of Northern Ireland, in addition to roads giants interest tourists are the ruins of medieval castles.
Video about the way the Giants: