The Giant’s Causeway is a natural landscape phenomenon locking tens of thousands basalt columns, the result of an volcanic eruption millions of years ago. The Giant’s Causeway is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland and was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1986. See the World Heritage UNESCO site list by clicking here, a good source of places to explore. Have you ever been to any?
The Causeway remains a popular tourist site today among visitors to this part of the country. The visitor centre opened in 2012 and the first thing I noticed was the architecture of the centre which is very much based on the Giant’s Causeway itself, long rectangular grey beams of various sizes replicating the different formations of basalt rocks on the Causeway, cool work by Irish Architectural firm Heneghan Penn, the creators behind the new causeway visitor centre.
The new visitor centre introduces a fun element aimed for all ages especially towards kids with a lot of interactive media and marketing explaining the history and old mythology folklore stories about the Giant’s Causeway demonstrating the cultured admiration and Irish heritage. Interactive Media presents content in various formats such as text, animation, video, audio and games. It’s a real attractive start before embarking on your walking experience in which you can hear music & stories from an old Irish charmer on a podcast about the natural landscape.
The legendary story behind the columns is that they were built by an Irish giant. Irish giant known as Finn MacCool was challenged to a fight by Scottish giant Benandonner. Finn MacCool accepted his challenge, with his bare hands built the causeway across the north channel so the two giants could meet and allow battle to commence. There are different stories and outcomes depending on what book you read.
In popular culture the Giant’s Causeways has inspired musicians, artists, writers and has also appeared in many movies especially in recent years within the boost of the Northern Ireland film industry. See above the front cover of English rock group Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy album which was released in 1973. The front cover was inspired by the Giant’s Causeway and is a collage of many photos taken on the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. These pictures were taken by Aubrey Powell who was the co-founder of the surreal cover design company Hipgnosis.
Surrounded by such a scenic landscape i couldn’t turn down the chance to record some natural sound. I watched the water swirl around the edges of the different rock formations on what appeared a slightly windy day. These moments don’t come often enough in life so i believe we need to take advantage when the recording opportunity presents itself in any shape or form, it adds an extra dimension to what was a fun day spent.
Listen carefully to the ‘Swirls of water ebb and flow around the various basalt rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway‘ by clicking on the play button below:
To listen to ‘the Rain Song’ which features on the album Houses of Holy by Led Zeppelin click on the youtube video, see below:
If you want to visit the Giant's Causeway National Trust Website click here:
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