Staffa Island – 10 Kilometres west of Iona – is a stunning geological experience. We highly recommend you make the effort to see it whilst on Mull.
The name Staffa means ‘Stave’ or ‘Pillar Island’ so called by the Vikings as the basalt columns reminded them of their houses built from vertically placed tree logs.
The Famous Fingal’s Cave was discovered by naturalist Sir Joseph Banks in 1772 – His visit was followed by that of many other prominent personalities throughout the next two centuries, including Queen Victoria and Felix Mendelssohn. The latter’sHebrides Overture brought further fame to the island, which was by then uninhabited. It is now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland
The caves size and naturally arched roof, and the eerie sounds produced by the echoes of waves, give this unique sea carved cave the atmosphere and acoustics of a cathedral.
The cave’s Gaelic name, Uamh-Binn, means “cave of melody”.
A wonderful time to visit the Island is during the Puffin nesting season as you can get really close and watch the antics of these charming cheeky birds – normally from May to the end of July, but the natural beauty of this deserted island is worth a visit at any time of year.
Boat trips can be easily organised for you during your stay from either Iona or Fionnphort – and you can discover Iona and Staffa on the same day – We can easily reserve places for our guests during their stay and we always use David Kirkpatrick who can also be contacted on the following website.