there was a giant named Finn McCool. Finn was renowned for his amazing feats of strength. Legend says that once during a fight with another giant, he scooped up a huge clod of earth and threw it at his rival. The clod fell into the sea and became the Isle of Man.
One day Finn was going about his daily duties when a Scottish giant named Benandonner started shouting insults at him.
Benandonner was rude and told Finn that he was no good at fighting.
Now Finn was a proud giant and was enraged at being called weak.
After much name calling Finn tore large pieces off the nearby cliffs, ramming them into the sea bed to create a causeway across to Scotland. He worked day and night creating his pavement.
When he was finished he made his way across...
Finn realised that Benandonner was much bigger, stronger and uglier than he was.
He wisely decided that violence wasn’t the answer and made his way home...
He made his way back across the causeway as fast as his legs could carry him. Benadonner spied him and decided to follow.
Finn found his wife Oonagh and explained what an 'eejit' he had been.
Oonagh was a clever woman and had an idea how to help her husband. She had just finished putting the finishing touches to the plan when there was a loud banging at the door.
"Where's Finn? I'm here now if he wants to fight!" shouted the Scot.
"Calm down," said Oonagh. "Finn's out herding cattle. Why don't you come in and wait for him? I'll make you a cup of tea."
Benandonner drank his tea but soon he grew impatient again.
he demanded again.
"I told you, he's herding the cows," explained Oonagh. "Why don't you let me introduce you to our son Oisin while you wait?"
When Benandonner saw the giant baby in the cot, he became worried. If that's the size of the baby then what size must the father be?!
Benandonner seized his chance and bolted out of the house and across the causeway, tearing it up as he went along so that Finn could not follow him back to Scotland.
The remains of the other end of the causeway exist today on the island of Staffa in the Outer Hebrides.