This panorama, from the Giant's Causeway
on the County Antrim coast, opens in front of a formation of columns of basalt rock set into the cliff face. It is known as "The Giant's Organ Pipes"
. I chose it for this event because of its huge scale.
These columns are about 15m tall. To get a sense of the scale
of these giant pipes follow up the stepped path to the right of the pipes until you see a human figure in a bright orange jacket.
The Giant's Causeway
consists of about 40,000 of these interlocking basalt columns, the result of a volcanic eruption about 60m years ago. Most of the columns are hexagonal. The main causeway is the promontory that you can see a few hundred metres away to the right of the scene that opens here.
The Giant's Causeway is located about 5 km East of the town of Bushmills and about 25Km West of Ballycastle. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 - the first in Ireland.
The Giant's Causeway, is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. The site is owned and managed by the National Trust and includes an interpretive centre.
There are beaches, cliffs and harbours on the coast around the Causeway that are also interesting to visit . There are wonderful cliff top walking routes in both directions from the causeway taking the visitor who is prepared to make a day of it to these other attractions.
There is much myth and legend associated with the causeway. The main legend suggest that the Causeway was created as part of a feud between two giants Fionn mac Cumhail (Finn McCool) of Ireland and Benandonner of Scotland.
The giants are credited with having built the causeway in order to cross the sea and challenge each other. Various structures around the site are named for their role in this myth. The structure in this panorama is compared to the pipes of a huge organ.