Fingals Cave - Staffa

Fingals Cave – Staffa

How do I get to Staffa?     Staffa is located off the South West coast of the Isle of Mull.  Trips to Staffa are available through Gordon Grant Tours, Ardnamurchan Charters, Staffa Trips and Turus Mara.  They generally run throughout the summer months although a private boat charter could be arranged out of season.


How do I get around Staffa?   Once on Staffa, you are free to explore the island on foot.


What’s worth visiting on Staffa?   Staffa is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  The Basaltic columns on Staffa are due to the steady cooling of flows of lava as they came into contact with a colder bedrock and are then exposed to the worst of Scotland’s weather.  Fingal’s Cave can be reached by a simple path with a guide rope and the view inside and around it is awe-inspiring.  Such luminaries as Queen Victoria, Mendelssohn,who created the Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave) as a result of a trip to Staffa, Scott, Keats and Wordsworth have all visited Staffa.  Mackinnon’s Cave and Boat Cave are both accessible by boat.  The island was deserted at the end of the 18th century.  The only surviving building on Staffa is the ruin of a 19th century shelter for travellers.


Where can I stay on Staffa?  You can’t stay on Staffa.  The nearest accommodation is on the islands of Mull and Iona.


Any other information on Staffa?  In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, Staffa was named as the 8th greatest natural wonder in Britain.


Other remote islands: See pages for Belnahua, Flannan Isles, Little Cumbrae, North Rona, St Kilda and Treshnish Isles


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