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pursue its windings beneath the wild and barren cliff for
about a quarter of 'a mile,'when the first view of the
Causeway is afforded. Theimpression at first produced,
is that of the building of an extensive pier, for which the
‘stones, blockedout, had many years ago been laid upon
'the.beech;“but‘ from some great nationalcalamity, or
.' other unknown-cause,’ the work was interrupted, and the
labourers‘ all dismissed, And so the natives believe, that
the giants once commenced this colossal task of forming a
causeway into - Scotland, but that, being expelled by the
ancient Irish heroes, they left the great work imperfect.
It is not, however, the magnitude of the Causeway which
surprises, nor" the distant view which commands atten-
tion ; the wonder and admirationof the tourist are to’ be
reserved until he steps 'upon'the very surface of this
great work ofenature, when the expectation of the most
sanguine and the amazementiof the most experienced
traveller will indeed be fully realized.
To the left are seen some bold projecting rocks, called
the Stookins, forming a partition between ‘Port-na-Baw
‘and Port-na‘-Gauge ; and a little farther west,‘close toithe
shore stands theinsulated rock called Sea-Gull Isle; and
between Port-na-Gauge and Port-‘.NofI'er the Causeway
runs "out into tht-Jsea. ‘ . w
The Causeway’ consists "of three piers or moles, pro-
jecting from the base of al stratified'cliff', about 400 feet in
height: the principal mole is visible forhabout 300 yards
in -extent at low‘ water, ‘the others not more than half
that distance.“ It is composed of polygonal pi1lars,"of
dark coloured basalt, so ‘closely united, that it is difficult
"to insert more than a knife"-bladeibetweeir ‘them’; and the
formation of a continuous surface at each pointvixiiithe
pavcmem, by polygons, whose angles vary sormixcli in
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