NM3235 : Inside Fingal's Cave
taken 17 years ago, near to Port an Fhasgaidh [water Feature], Argyll And Bute, Great Britain
The isle of Staffa has a fame disproportionate to its size due to the hexagonal columnar basalt rock which forms "the Great Face of Staffa" and several notable caves, most particularly the one known as Fingal's Cave. This latter feature received its name from the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks who extolled the beauty of this little island. Felix Mendelssohn visited and was inspired to write the Hebrides Overture, which is commonly known as 'Fingal's Cave'.
Two other notable caves on the southern side of the island are MacKinnon's Cave and the Boat Cave.
Staffa is entirely volcanic in origin, the columnar (crystalline) basalt is effectively the 'filling' in a sandwich with Tuff (rock made from volcanic ash) below and non-crystalline basalt above. Similar basalt columns can be found nearby on the island of Ulva and at Ardmeanach on the Isle of Mull, but most famously in Northern Ireland, at the "Giant's Causeway".
Staffa lies in the Sea of the Hebrides about 6 miles (10km) off the west coast of the Isle of Mull.
There are regular boat trips out to Staffa from Mull (e.g. from Fionnphort) during the tourist season, weather permitting.
Area: 33ha (82 acres = c.⅛ mile²)
Population: 0 - though once sparsely populated.
Highest Point: Meall nan Gamhna, 42m (138')