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Iona & Staffa - The Wonderful Wilderness of Staffa
(half day)

Staffa means "Pillar Island", which only begins to describe the breathtaking formations of columnar basalt. It is an island of caves, of which the best known is Fingal's Cave, a full 227 ft (69 m) deep and 66 ft (20 m) high.

One name for Staffa meant "melodious Cave" in deference to the echoing waves and the sound of the gulls. Most visitors will know Mendelssohn's overture Fingal's Cave, also known as The Hebrides, which he composed in 1829 after a visit to the island. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert landed on Staffa in 1847, the queen recording the visit in her diary. Other visitors include Sir Walter Scott, Keats, Wordsworth and the artist Turner, who in 1832 exhibited his Staffa: Fingal's Cave at the Royal Academy. It was sold to a buyer in the United States.

You will be met today at the ship’s anchor point in the Sound of Iona by one of the local ferries that will tender you to nearby Staffa. Staff on board the ferry will introduce you to the glorious nature and natural wonders of Staffa. Enjoy some free time here, particularly in Fingal’s cave, before returning to your ship.

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Tours in Iona & Staffa

Iona Abbey
The Wonderful Wilderness of Staffa

Ports in Scotland

Aberdeen
Anstruther
Ayr
Campbeltown
Dundee
Edinburgh
Greenock
Holy Loch
Inverary
Invergordon
Iona & Staffa
Kirkwall
Lerwick
Mull
Oban
Peterhead
Portree
Scrabster
Stornoway
Ullapool
Thanks to Scottish Viewpoint,Royal Yacht Britannia and Historic Scotland for images