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Fingal’s Cave

  • Inner Hebrides, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

Last updated: 19 April, 2024

This eye-catching cathedral-like cave, rising 70m over the sea on the island of Staffa, is made up of hexagonal columns of volcanic basalt that look as if they could have been moulded in a foundry.

The cave was formed at the same time (about 60 million years ago) and from the same lava flow as the Giant’s Causeway across the water in Northern Ireland.

There’s a natural walkway which allows you to wander inside at low tide and experience the acoustics – the sound of waves crashing inside inspired the German composer Mendelssohn to write his Hebrides Overture.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 4+
Frequency: monthly
When: All year around
Duration: 1 night

Getting there & doing it

The small island of Staffa can be accessed by boat tours from local ports.

Tours with Staffa Tours last from 3 hours (departing from Fionnphort or Iona), up to 12 hours from Oban. Tobermory or Ardnamurchan (6 hours) are two other departure point options.

When to do it

Tours generally only operate in the warmer months (April to October), several times a week.