Fingal's Cave on Isle of Staffa

Fingal's Cave on Isle of Staffa

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When Is the Best Time

Fingal's Cave was one of my highlights in Scotland. These huge basal columns are fascinating from the boat and even more from inside the cave formed 59 million years ago. Tours are offered from April to October when temperatures are more bearable and less storm occurs. The best chance for pleasant weather is during spring from April until June and again in September.

Fingals Cave view from the boat

July and August can be lovely but more rain occur during the warmer months. To come ashore, visit the Isle of Staffa and having a look into the cave by foot is possible during a calm sea only. Boats can't dock during high swell and choppy sea. However, the view from the boat to Fingal's Cave is already stunning.

Finagals Cave view from clifftop
Fingal's Cave view from the clifftop

Check the weather forecast before you book a tour. Scotland is famous for quickly changeable weather and it frequently in July and August.

The cave's face is southeast, therefore, best seen in the morning.

 

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Location and Tips

Scotland, Inner Hebrides
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The boat ride to Staffa is already an amazing experience when dolphins pass by, seals getting curious, or even a basking shark is spotted from June to August. Approaching Staffa and Fingal's cave from the sea is an incredible adventure. The uninhabited Staffa island measuring half a mile long and wide only. The cave is known for its natural acoustics and is part of a National Nature Reserve.

Closer look to the basalt columns of Fingal's Cave

The cave is made of huge basalt columns. A handrail is installed for safety reasons to access the cave. the rocks are slippery after high tide. Composer Felix Mendelssohn visited the cave in 1829 and got inspired to write the overture "The Hebrides". Also, other famous visitors got inspired by the cave like Jules Verne, Turner (painter) and many more.

Black guillemot on Staffa Island

You may spot different bird species like the fulmar, puffins, and the black guillemot (red legs). On the way to Staffa, keep an eye out for dolphins, minke whales, porpoises, and June to August for the popular basking sharks. Usually, Staffa is combined with the Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona and called "The Three Isle Tour". It is a full day trip; the price is about £ 60 per adult.

Nearby Lunga Island and the puffins

Another highly recommended tour is the Isle of Staffa together with Lunga Island. Lunga is famous for being one of the best places to spot puffins quite close.

Foodie Tip

Seafood Stall - The Green Shack at Oban port

At Oban port is the best seafood stall of all located. Don't miss this exceptional seafood meal after your trip to Staffa.

I took all these pictures. I travelled to Scotland and booked this boat tour. I am the author, and only I have the copyright. This is a terrific place. I know getting such photos of Fingal's Cave is almost impossible. If you are interested in using one of my pictures, get in contact with me. 

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Micha Herber-Bleich
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