A display at the new Giant’s Causeway visitor centre has been amended after controversy surrounding the inclusion of creationism views.
The National Trust opened the new £18.5million Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre less than three months ago.
In a statement, the Trust said: “Having taken on board a wide range of feedback, and commissioned interpretive specialists to develop a suitable reflective piece, the National Trust has now amended the existing exhibit.”
According to the theory of creationism, the Causeway was formed 6,000 years ago, contrary to the view of scientists who say it is around 60 millions years old.
A new piece of audio, approximately 20 seconds in length, replaces the previous recording and makes the Trust’s views completely clear.
Graham Thompson, Project Director for the Giant’s Causeway, said: “This change will help clear up any misunderstanding there may have been.
“The National Trust only endorses the scientific explanation of the origins of the stones yet recognises that others have alternative beliefs.
“The National Trust is content that this review is complete and thank all for their feedback on the matter.’
The Trust says it has already welcomed 250,000 visitors from 130 countries, including over 90,000 from Northern Ireland, since the new centre opened in July. By changing the display audio they have scuppered the claims of Northen Irish creationists how touted it as support for the idea that there is any controversy surrounding the age of the Earth or the theory of evolution.