STAFFA
Scotland 2017
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I always wanted to visit Staffa which is an
island of the Inner Hebrides in Argyll and
Bute, Scotland. I had read up on the
island and had seen magnificent photos
of it in Scottish Travel books. I believe
even queen Victoria visited here.
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I had read that Vikings gave Staff this
name as its columnar basalt reminded
them of their houses, which were built
from vertically placed tree-logs - I can
see why!
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This unique island is 33 hectares (82
acres) and the highest point is 42 metres
(138 ft) above sea level. Much bigger than
I had originally thought and I was
surprised to read that it used to be
inhabited previously.
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There are  boat trips from Oban, Ulva
Ferry and Fionnphort on Mull, and Iona
which allows visitors to view the caves and
the puffins that nest on the island between
May and July. I visited this island in June
2017 with a boat from Ulva which
promised a puffin therapy.
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I was surprised to see the pyramidal
rock -  islet of Am Buachaille ('The
Herdsman'), a pile of basalt columns
seen fully only at low tide. Not
something I had imagined I would see in
this island.
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This is the landing place used by the
tourist boats just north of Am
Buachaille, but disembarkation is only
possible in calm conditions. The boat
ride was early morning/afternoon.
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We walked to the famous Fingal's Cave
known for its natural acoustics. I was
told that It became known as Fingal's
Cave after the eponymous hero of an
epic poem by 18th-century Scots poet-
historian James Macpherson.
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Fingal's Cave is formed entirely from
hexagonally jointed basalt columns
within a Paleocene lava flow.
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The National Trust for Scotland now
owns the cave as part of a national
nature reserve. I met few volunteers in
the island who were repairing the paths.
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Standing in front of Fingal’s
cave the “Cathedral of the Sea”
I don’t have a head for heights
and it was jaw dropping at
sections.
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“This superb monument of nature,
which in regard to its form bears so
strong a resemblance to a work of art,
though art can certainly claim no share
in it."
Barthélemy Faujas de Saint-
Fond wrote
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Tourist taking it all in...
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I was lucky to visit it in glorious
sunshine and we spotted dolphins on
the way there.
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They followed the boat for ages.
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Time in at the island flew past quickly. I
could have easily stayed another 2 to 3
hours. The hour and half didn’t seem
enough to take in all it’s beauty.
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As promised by the caption of the boat -
we saw some puffins- puffins are
definitely nature’s best therapy.
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