Discovering Staffa

By Julie Skelton

The boat to the Isle of Staffa leaves from Fionnphort, Mull, passing Iona and out into the Atlantic swell. The uninhabited island of hexagonal basalt columns, formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions, has inspired royalty, writers and composers throughout history. Astonishing acoustics in the renowned & cathedral-like sea chamber, Fingal’s Cave, earned it the Gaelic name ‘Uamh-Binn’, meaning ‘Cave of Melody’. Now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, as part of a national nature reserve, unforgettable Staffa can be explored both by boat and on foot by visitors.