In November 1986 The Giants Causeway was included in the list of World Heritage sites, the first of its kind to receive recognition in Ireland. But why was the Giants Causeway made a world heritage site?
For an attraction or site to attain world heritage status it must meet the UNSECOs criterion which is as follows;
Part One – The site needs to be a prime example of the evolutionary history of the earth during the tertiary epoch
Part Two – The site must contain a rare and superlative natural phenomenon
The Giants Causeway meets both of these points and in addition is also incredibly popular because of its outstanding cultural value in containing the wreck of the Girona.
When you book onto a Giant Causeway Tour you will be able to see some of the 40,000 black basalt columns that make up the Giants Causeway, you can see many of these but some are under the sea and cannot be seen at all times.
It is thought that the formations that can be seen of Giants Causeway Tours are made by volcanic activities during the Tertiary period over fifty (or maybe even sixty) million years ago.
The Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland has designated the area from Benbane Head to Portnaboe as a National Nature Reserve. This shows recognition for the importance of the geology, plant and animal life in the area of the Giants Causeway.
Many say that the Giants Causeway is in fact the eighth won der of the world – up there among Niagara Falls and the Great Barrier Reef.