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TITLE
Staffa
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_914_117_P014
PLACENAME
Staffa
DISTRICT
Mull
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore
DATE OF IMAGE
1852
PERIOD
1770s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31356
KEYWORDS
caves
islands
columns
basalt
music
NTS
Staffa

Staffa is an uninhabited island located south west of Colonsay. The name means 'pillar island' and the island is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The island has an area of 82 acres and is famed for its basaltic columns. The basalt formations are of the same type that makes up the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Staffa has many caves around its coast. The most famous of these is Fingal's Cave, which is 66ft high and 240ft deep. To the east of Fingal's Cave is the Colonnade or Great Face. This rock feature is an area of columns which reach up to 56ft high.

Many people have visited Staffa including Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth. The island was also the inspiration for Mendelssohn's 'Hebrides Overture'.

This illustration was taken from 'Boswell's Journal of the Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson' (1852 edition)

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Staffa

ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore

1770s

caves; islands; columns; basalt; music; NTS

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Staffa is an uninhabited island located south west of Colonsay. The name means 'pillar island' and the island is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The island has an area of 82 acres and is famed for its basaltic columns. The basalt formations are of the same type that makes up the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.<br /> <br /> Staffa has many caves around its coast. The most famous of these is Fingal's Cave, which is 66ft high and 240ft deep. To the east of Fingal's Cave is the Colonnade or Great Face. This rock feature is an area of columns which reach up to 56ft high.<br /> <br /> Many people have visited Staffa including Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth. The island was also the inspiration for Mendelssohn's 'Hebrides Overture'.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Boswell's Journal of the Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson' (1852 edition)