Photos: Staffa and Fingal’s Cave


The island of Staffa, which means “stave” or “pillar island” in Old Norse, lies just west of the much larger island of Mull. Staffa has drawn famous visitors for the past two centuries, including Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, Sir Walter Scott, John Keats, Robert Louis Stevenson, Felix Mendelssohn, Jules Verne, Williams Wordsworth, and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Several cruise companies offer excursions to Staffa from Mull, and I recently documented my trip with Turus Mara.

Fingal’s Cave was named after the Celtic warrior in James Macpherson’s ancient “found” epic, Fingal. He may have been Irish, he may have been Scottish; whatever the case, he’s attributed with building the Giant’s Causeway between County Antrim in Northern Ireland to western Scotland. Please enjoy these pictures of the magnificent Staffa and its incredible caves.

Staffa's Shoreline

Rounding Staffa

Staffa Showing Fingal's Cave


Entering Fingal's Cave

The Hoy Lass Crew Preparing for Fingal's Cave

The Ceiling of Fingal's Cave

Roots of Staffa

Docking at Staffa

Remnants of the Giant's Causeway

wandering educatorsNo Gravatar December 15, 2011 at 8:58 AM

wow – these are extraordinary.


AkilaNo Gravatar December 15, 2011 at 6:18 AM

Love these pictures Keith! It kind of reminds me of the scenery in northern Ireland with the wild cliffs and sea.


Keith SavageNo Gravatar December 15, 2011 at 9:01 AM

They share the same geological history as northern Ireland (I imagine the sea floor between the two looking the same way).


KenNo Gravatar December 14, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Wow! Phenomenal photos, Keith. The western islands look so beautiful. I’m definitely going to have to see them. Amazing!


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