Wednesday 18 June 2008

On Saturday we are finally going up to the Giant's Causeway and the ROPE bridge - can't wait. It will be great to be out and about and loads of fun as we are going with our friends, the more the merrier! I liked the legend of the Giant's Causeway and as I am too bone idle to rewrite it I have copied a bit of info for you all...




Stolen from Wikipedia...
Legend
Legend has it that the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart Benandonner. One version of the legend tells that Fionn fell asleep before he got to Scotland. When he did not arrive, the much larger Benandonner crossed the bridge looking for him. To protect Fionn, his wife Oonagh laid a blanket over him so he could pretend that he was actually their baby son. In a variation, Fionn fled after seeing Benandonner's great bulk, and asked his wife to disguise him as the baby. In both versions, when Benandonner saw the size of the 'infant', he assumed the alleged father, Fionn, must be gigantic indeed. Therefore, Benandonner fled home in terror, ripping up the Causeway in case he was followed by Fionn.
Another variation is that Oonagh painted a rock shaped like a steak and gave it to Benandonner, whilst giving the baby (Fionn) a normal steak. When Benandonner saw that the baby was able to eat it so easily, he ran away, tearing up the causeway.
The "causeway" legend corresponds with geological history in as much as there are similar basalt formations (a part of the same ancient lava flow) at the site of Fingal's Cave on the isle of Staffa in Scotland.


Now of course I have to save the best for last because I am really looking forward to this part of our trip...apparently people have made it one way and then have had to be rescued from the island by boat as they are too scared for the return journey...I am sure there are not too many stories like that, hope I do not become one of those statistics!






4 comments:

Irishlemon said...

Oh WOW! this looks stunning - def something to put on the 'to do list' - enjoy :-)

TheRuleClan said...

Yep, and not even that far away!!! I believe Belfast it is about 30 - 40 minutes north of Belfast...leaving Saturday morning ...wanna come???

Irishlemon said...

No can do unfortunately :-( Off to see Eric Clapton and we are meeting friends that we are going with for lunch first - next time. Take loads of pic's and blog about it so we know :-) How the eyes my friend...

TheRuleClan said...

Eyes are coming along, patches of pure brilliance and then blur...Eric Clapton, sorry u did tell me, will be good - I enjoy his music. Bound to blog about our weekend...what else am i gonna do?? Enjoy your weekend!