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TITLE
Colonnade showing Boat and Fingal's Cave
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_941_117_P009
PLACENAME
Staffa
DISTRICT
Mull
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore
DATE OF IMAGE
1890
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31386
KEYWORDS
caves
islands
coasts
columns
pillars
walls
music
Colonnade showing Boat and Fingal's Cave

Staffa is a small island off the west coast of Mull in the Western Isles. It is famed for its basaltic columns which were formed as a result of lava cooling as it came into contact with the water. To the east of Fingal's Cave stands an impressive cliff of basaltic columns known as the Colonnade or the Great Face. This enormous wall of columns reaches a height of 17m (56ft).

Also visible in the illustration are Fingal's Cave and the Boat Cave. Fingal's Cave is the most famous of Staffa's caves and provided the inspiration for Felix Mendelssohn's 'Hebrides Overture'. Boat Cave is to the west of Fingal's Cave. It is 5m (15ft) high, 4m (12ft) wide at the entrance, and 46m (150ft) deep.

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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Colonnade showing Boat and Fingal's Cave

ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore

1890s

caves; islands; coasts; columns; pillars; walls; music

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Staffa is a small island off the west coast of Mull in the Western Isles. It is famed for its basaltic columns which were formed as a result of lava cooling as it came into contact with the water. To the east of Fingal's Cave stands an impressive cliff of basaltic columns known as the Colonnade or the Great Face. This enormous wall of columns reaches a height of 17m (56ft).<br /> <br /> Also visible in the illustration are Fingal's Cave and the Boat Cave. Fingal's Cave is the most famous of Staffa's caves and provided the inspiration for Felix Mendelssohn's 'Hebrides Overture'. Boat Cave is to the west of Fingal's Cave. It is 5m (15ft) high, 4m (12ft) wide at the entrance, and 46m (150ft) deep.<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)