The Beginner’s Guide to Staffa

The beautifully rugged Island of Staffa lies 6 miles west of Mull and it is a truly special and breath-taking Island. Only 82 acres in size, the Inner Hebrides island was formed from volcanic rock and is believed to have been once part of a larger Mull.

The Beginner Guide to Staffa

Completely uninhabited for centuries, its wild and rugged beauty is left solely to the variety of birds that nest there, including puffins and gulls, and to the seals, basking sharks and pilot whales that frequent its waters.

Having experienced the height of fame during the Victorian era when even Queen Victoria herself visited, Staffa is still as stunning and intriguing a place to visit as it was then. It finds its particular charm in its stunning rock formations that were formed millennia ago, the most famous of which is Fingal’s Cave.

Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave on the island that was romantically named after the hero of an 18th century Scots poem, and is truly a spectacular site to behold.  Formed from natural hexagonal jointed basalt columns, it is similar in rock formation to Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway. With its naturally arched roof, size and eerie wave echoes, its atmosphere and appearance is similar to that of a cathedral. In fact it has even inspired its own music with Mendelssohn creating the beautiful ‘Hebrides Overture’ in honour of the stunning cave.

Visiting Staffa is a must do when you are touring the Inner Hebrides, but be careful that you time it right. Due to the often wild and stormy northern Atlantic weather, it is only possible to visit the island between May and September.

West Coast Tours offers you the chance to visit the beautiful and untamed Staffa as part of our Three Isles Tour, which also includes Mull and Iona. Tour Staffa and the wild beauty of the Inner Hebrides and know that you won’t miss any of the spectacular scenery or abundant wildlife (including the puffins!).