Offbeat Traveler: Quirky destinations not far from London Olympics
As the 2012 Summer Games near, London will likely fill to the brim with Olympians and tourists alike flocking to the likes of Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Looking beyond London and its crowds, here are some quirky destinations in the British Isles worth a visit.
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The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland( Causeway Coast and Glens )
The Giant's Causeway, at the foot of basalt cliffs in Northern Ireland, is made up of 40,000 black basalt columns jutting out of the ocean. Volcanic activity 50 million to 60 million years ago created these step-like columns on the edge of the Antrim plateau.
The tops of the causeway columns form "stepping stones" that lead from the foot of the cliff and disappear under the sea. Legend has it that the mythical hunter-warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) built the causeway to aid in the fight against Benandonner, his Scottish counterpart. More photos...
-- Kelsey Ramos