The estimations are that over 40,000 hexagonal columns exist on and around the Causeway, though I know of no-one who has counted them.  Contrary to the opinions of the writer Thackeray, who visited here 1842 and did not fully appreciate the symmetry of this natural occurrence, they are very impressive and a 'rare to find' geological feature.

 

They do outcrop in other parts of the world including America, Australia, Vietnam and Scotland. Locally too they outcrop inland and further along the coast. Over the years many features in the surrounding columns have acquired names such as the  famous wishing chair, the giant's boot, the ladies fan, the giant's organ, the camel's back, the granny rock, the giant's gate, the chimney stacks, the giant's chair, the giant's eye and eyeglass to name a few.

 

The majestic bays of Port Ganny and Port Noffer which sweep either side of the Grand Causeway lend to the drama of the location below the towering Aird Snout. Other equally and more impressive bays are really only viewable by boat, a service that local boatmen once undertook from the Brenther just below the visitor's centre and close to the rock which resembles a sleeping  camel. Today you can still get a boat to take you either from Ballycastle, Portrush or if you're lucky Portballintrae.

 

During the summer season hundreds of thousands of people walk upon the stones, it becomes an international gathering point where the feet of the world walk and  tongues of nations fill the air. As winter approaches the numbers of  visitors begin to dwindle and the stones return to the sounds of nature,  wild birds, ocean and wind. I am lucky living only two miles away and can experience this ancient landscape in total solitude once in a while,  which is a rarity these days but it does happen.