The fascinating pattern that we see in the causeway stones
formed as a result of rock crystallization under conditions of
accelerated cooling, this usually occurs when molten
lava comes into immediate contact with water, as happens today in
Hawaii, the resulting fast accelerated cooling process causes
cracking and results in what we see today at the causeway. For more
information on volcanism please follow the link to the right where
you will find references volcanic activities and their outcomes
including 'column jointing' as occurs at the causeway.
Finn's Story -
many heroic legends surrounding Finn MacCool, comparisons have been drawn
between him and the legend of King Arthur.. Finn was reputed as being the leader of the Fianna, the guardians of
the King of Ireland, however, in this section we will concentrate on his role in
building the Giants Causeway. The story goes thus - Finn MacCool was
going about his daily duties on the north coast when one of his
adversary, a Scottish giant, started shouting and ridiculing his fighting prowess.
angered Finn who lifted a lump of earth and pelted it to Scotland as a
challenge to this giant. The Scottish giant retaliated with a rock back
to Finn shouting
that if he could get his hand on him, he would make sure that Finn would
never fight again but adding that unfortunately he could not swim the short distance across the
Channel, so Finn would be spared that fate. Finn got enraged by this
and tore large pieces from the cliffs, he
pushed them into the ocean bed and made a sturdy causeway to
Scotland, when he had finished he shouted 'Now you'll had no
excuse'. Fearing to lose his own reputation and pride the
Scottish giant had no alternative but come over the causeway.
Finn was tired, he had not slept for the week he worked on the causeway
and did not feel ready for fighting. He thought about how he could buy
some time and recuperate to face the Scottish giant and came up with an ingenious plan.
Quickly he made a large cot disguised himself as a baby and climbed inside...... and waited. The Scottish giant arrived at Finn's house shouting, 'Where is that coward MacCool',
he noticed the
crib and the baby inside it and his eyes widened in fear, he
thought to himself, my goodness if this is the size of the baby? What size
is the Father?. Finn climbed out of the
cot and towered above the Scottish giant, this terrified him even more
and in fear of meeting the father of this child he turned on his heels and ran like he had never ran before,
back across the causeway to Scotland destroying it as he went,
well, that is one version of the story - there are many more to choose
from, including one of love and romance.