It was also listed in 1986 as a natural heritage site and contains
"superlative natural phenomena, formations or features, outstanding examples of the most important ecosystems, areas of exceptional natural beauty or exceptional combinations of natural and cultural elements and an outstanding example representing the major stages of the earth’s revolutionary history."
Truly an inspiration for artists and storytellers alike, it is quite a sight to behold. A natural phenomenon it is, but it's nice to think that Finn McCool had something to do with it.
Fionn's father was Cumhaill, the leader of a small group of Irish warriors named the Fianna and his mother was Muirne, daughter of a druid whom Cumhaill had abducted. Later, left in the care of a warrior woman in a secret forest he was taught hunting and the art of war and it was during Fionn's boyhood and early adulthood that most of his adventures occur.
There are two versions of his most famous adventure, in both he is depicted as a giant who challenges the Scottish giant Benandonner to a fight, building the causeway across the water so the two giants can meet.
In one of the tales, Fionn hides in a cave because he sees that Benandonner is way bigger than him and the second has Fionn disguised as a baby by his wife. When Benandonner sees the size of the baby he naturally thinks that Fionn, as the father, is more of a giant than he and returns to Scotland without a fight. Either way, not a punch is struck, and depending on which story you read either Fionn or Benandonner suffers from an attack of pre-match nerves. In another adventure, Fionn comes to the aid of Fianna, this time the tale involves a rather nasty fire-breathing fairy called Aillen, a magic bag and a self-induced headache!