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TITLE
Fingal's Cave after Sir Joseph Banks
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_941_117_P006
PLACENAME
Fingal's Cave
DISTRICT
Staffa
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilfinchen and Kilvickeon
DATE OF IMAGE
1890
PERIOD
1770s
CREATOR
Sir Joseph Banks
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31383
KEYWORDS
caves
Fingal
islands
basalt
rocks
columns
pillars
visitors
Fingal's Cave after Sir Joseph Banks

Fingal's Cave is located at the south shore of the island of Staffa. It was created by volcanic activity and is lined with hexagonal black basaltic columns and reaches a height of 20m (66ft). The cave mouth has an opening of 13m (42ft) and stretches back to a depth of 69m (227ft). It is the most famous of several caves around the island of Staffa, which is off the coast of Mull.

Sir Joseph Banks visited Staffa on August 12th 1772 and his account is the first detailed account of both Staffa and Fingal's Cave. Thomas Pennant published the account in his second volume of his 'Tour in Scotland'.

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

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Fingal's Cave after Sir Joseph Banks

ARGYLL: Kilfinchen and Kilvickeon

1770s

caves; Fingal; islands; basalt; rocks; columns; pillars; visitors

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Fingal's Cave is located at the south shore of the island of Staffa. It was created by volcanic activity and is lined with hexagonal black basaltic columns and reaches a height of 20m (66ft). The cave mouth has an opening of 13m (42ft) and stretches back to a depth of 69m (227ft). It is the most famous of several caves around the island of Staffa, which is off the coast of Mull. <br /> <br /> Sir Joseph Banks visited Staffa on August 12th 1772 and his account is the first detailed account of both Staffa and Fingal's Cave. Thomas Pennant published the account in his second volume of his 'Tour in Scotland'.<br /> <br /> This image is taken from 'An Historical, Archaeological and Geological Examination of Fingal's Cave in the Island of Staffa', by JP Maclean (1890)