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TITLE
Clamshell Cave showing Bending Pillars
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_941_117_P005
PLACENAME
Staffa
DISTRICT
Mull
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore
DATE OF IMAGE
1890
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31382
KEYWORDS
caves
columns
pillars
coasts
rocks
rock formations
Clamshell Cave showing Bending Pillars

Clamshell Cave is on the east coast of the island of Staffa. Staffa is famed for its basaltic columns and for Fingal's Cave but there are several other notable caves, including Clamshell Cave.

The cave has an entrance 5m (18ft) wide and reaches a height of 9m (30ft). It stretches back 40m (130ft). The columns on one side of the cave are curved and give the appearance of ribs or the timbers of ships. The opposite side of the cave is formed with the ends of the columns which make the walls look like a honeycomb.

This image is taken from 'An Historical, Archaeological and Geographical Examination of Fingal's Cave in the Island of Staffa', by JP Maclean (1890)

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Clamshell Cave showing Bending Pillars

ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore

1890s

caves; columns; pillars; coasts; rocks; rock formations

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Clamshell Cave is on the east coast of the island of Staffa. Staffa is famed for its basaltic columns and for Fingal's Cave but there are several other notable caves, including Clamshell Cave.<br /> <br /> The cave has an entrance 5m (18ft) wide and reaches a height of 9m (30ft). It stretches back 40m (130ft). The columns on one side of the cave are curved and give the appearance of ribs or the timbers of ships. The opposite side of the cave is formed with the ends of the columns which make the walls look like a honeycomb. <br /> <br /> This image is taken from 'An Historical, Archaeological and Geographical Examination of Fingal's Cave in the Island of Staffa', by JP Maclean (1890)