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TITLE
A view of Staffa
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_351A_2_P300
PLACENAME
Staffa
DISTRICT
Mull
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore
DATE OF IMAGE
1776
PERIOD
1760s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31144
KEYWORDS
rock formations
islands
A view of Staffa

This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant. It shows a view of Staffa, situated off the mouth of Loch na Keal, approximately halfway between the northern and southern headlands of Mull. Its name is Norse in origin and translates as 'Pillar Island', referring to the striking formations of columnar basalt on the island, a dark dense form of volcanic rock.

The island was unknown to the outside world until 1772. Sir Joseph Banks, aboard the ship 'St Lawrence', landed at Mull for shelter on his journey to Iceland. It was during his stay here that he learned of the existence of Staffa and its spectacular beauty, from an Irish gentleman.

Uninhabited, the island is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland and was declared a National Nature Reserve in September 2001

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A view of Staffa

ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore

1760s

rock formations; islands

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant. It shows a view of Staffa, situated off the mouth of Loch na Keal, approximately halfway between the northern and southern headlands of Mull. Its name is Norse in origin and translates as 'Pillar Island', referring to the striking formations of columnar basalt on the island, a dark dense form of volcanic rock.<br /> <br /> The island was unknown to the outside world until 1772. Sir Joseph Banks, aboard the ship 'St Lawrence', landed at Mull for shelter on his journey to Iceland. It was during his stay here that he learned of the existence of Staffa and its spectacular beauty, from an Irish gentleman.<br /> <br /> Uninhabited, the island is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland and was declared a National Nature Reserve in September 2001