Fingal’s Cave of Staffa, Scotland
The cave that inspired monarchs and geniuses.
The most extraordinary place I ever beheld; it baffles all description’.Sir Walter Scott, Historical novelist, playwright & poet
- Staffa is entirely volcanic and has unique geological features of towering hexagonal basalt columns.
- The cave was described by Queen Victoria as “extraordinary and splendid with all colours – pink, blue and green – which had a most beautiful and varied effect”.
- The cave has inspired verse by Tennyson, Wordsworth and Keats, paintings by Turner and compositions by Mendelssohn.
- The cave’s other-worldly structure and symmetry creates spectacular auditory illusions, giving the cave it’s Gaelic name ‘the Cave of Melody’.
- The name is based on the hero in James Macpherson's epic poem 'Fingal' (1762), based on early Gaelic legends.
- Staffa is uninhabited and accessible only by sea.
View from inside Fingal's Cave
Clare Balding at Fingal's Cave
The mouth of Fingal's Cave