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TITLE
Staffa
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMSTRACHAN_029
PLACENAME
Staffa
DISTRICT
Mull
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore
CREATOR
JM Strachan
SOURCE
J I R Martin
ASSET ID
28886
KEYWORDS
caves
islands
columns
tourism
tourists
music
Staffa

The uninhabited island of Staffa lies to the west of the island of Mull. It is well known for its hexagonal columns which are a result of slow cooling basalt lava around 60 million years ago. The name derives from the Norse for staved or pillar island. One of Staffa's most famous features is Fingal's Cave, named after the legendary Irish warrior Fionn MacCool, formed within the impressive hexagonal columns of the Colonnade or Great Face.

The island is a National Nature Reserve and was gifted to the National Trust for Scotland in 1986. A popular visitor attraction for many years, Staffa's visitors include Queen Victoria and Felix Mendelssohn, who was inspired to write his Hebrides Overture after his visit.

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Staffa

ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore

caves; islands; columns; tourism; tourists; music

J I R Martin

The uninhabited island of Staffa lies to the west of the island of Mull. It is well known for its hexagonal columns which are a result of slow cooling basalt lava around 60 million years ago. The name derives from the Norse for staved or pillar island. One of Staffa's most famous features is Fingal's Cave, named after the legendary Irish warrior Fionn MacCool, formed within the impressive hexagonal columns of the Colonnade or Great Face.<br /> <br /> The island is a National Nature Reserve and was gifted to the National Trust for Scotland in 1986. A popular visitor attraction for many years, Staffa's visitors include Queen Victoria and Felix Mendelssohn, who was inspired to write his Hebrides Overture after his visit.