According to legend, Finn McCool built the Giant’s Causeway so he could reach Scotland and challenge his enemy, Benandonner, to a fight. There seems no better time of year to celebrate the Causeway’s connection to Scotland than poet Robert Burns’ birthday weekend.
A Burns Lecture and Lunch will take place this Saturday at 1pm, at the Causeway Hotel. Dr Ivan Herbison, Queen’s University, will deliver a lively lecture on Robert Burns and the Ulster-Scots Poetic Tradition – revealing, among other things, that Scotland’s most famous son enjoyed popularity in Ulster long before he achieved wider fame. A traditional Scottish lunch will be served before the lecture, washed down with a wee dram of Bushmills whiskey. Wearing of kilts is actively encouraged. Tickets are £15.50, including entry to the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre. Call the Causeway Hotel 028 2073 1210 to book.