Staffa
Staffa
An uninhabited island near Iona, famous for its striking basalt rock formations, including stepped columns, and Fingal's Cave, supposed home of the legendar giant Fingal. Accessible by regular boat charter from Fionnphort, on the Ross of Mull, from Ulva Ferry, on the west coast of Mull opposite the isle of Ulva, by day tour from Oban, and fron nearby islands.
Staffa is also known for its bird life, including a regular population of puffins. These popular birds can easily be found nesting in grassy areas atop the high cliffs of Staffa.

The highlight of a visit to Staffa is Fingal's Cave. A path leads from the boat landing area, along the very edge of the basalt rocks that make up Staffa, to the huge cave mouth. The cave is only 12 metres at its widest point, and is supported on slender basalt columns. Inside, the sheer height of Fingal's Cave seems more suited to a cathedral. It is a truly magical place, formed by volcanic action millions of years ago.

The entire island of Staffa is a National Nature Reserve, owned by the National Trust for Scotland.