TURUS MARA TRIPS FROM ULVA FERRY ON MULL
Staffa Visit

Staffa, from the Norse meaning 'Pillar Island'

A unique geological phenomenon recognised as one of the wonders of the natural world. Listen carefully when you walk into the natural cathedral which is Fingal's Cave and imagine the first few bars of Mendelssohn's Overture in the eternal surge of the Atlantic.
  • Easter to October
  • From £18.00‐£85.00

Trip Details

Time of year
April-October
Time Ashore
1 hour
Times
1000 – 1345
(Mon, Wed, Fri also Tue & Thur from 5th Aug)
1400 – 1745
(Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri also Tue & Thur from 5th Aug)
Adult Price
£32.50 per person
Child Price
£18.00 per child under 16 years old
Family Price
£85.00 2 adults & 2 children
please note, dogs are welcome at an additional charge of £10.00, but are restricted to certain areas when the birds are ashore.

Fingal’s Cave

The Cave may be named after Finn MacCumhaill, later adapted to Fingal, who was an heroic Irish General charged with fending off the unwanted attentions of the Lochlannaich or Norsemen. Considering that the languages of Scotland and Ireland were the same for around three hundred years, it was natural that myths and cultural exchange would encourage the notion of Staffa and The Giants Causeway being joined undersea and the legends of giants, wondrous deeds and superstitious beliefs would move on apace.  So the notion that Staffa was thrown down by a giant as a stepping stone to Ireland could, after a few hundred years, be easily swallowed by the populace of the time. That Hell lay directly under Fingal’s Cave was another belief of the era.

It has been suggested that one other possible derivation of the name Fingal’s Cave – in Gaelic – Uamh Fionn, might have been Uamh Bhinn, meaning the sweet sounding or melodious cave.  Since Gaelic was the language in use in the area for many hundreds of years, this is a distinct possibility.

Hexagonal Basalt

Whole books have been written around the geological formations of the area but the simplest explanation for the formation of the unique forms of columnar basalt is related to the rate of cooling of a homogeneous lava flow. The least space which must be left by a liquid material contracting as it solidifies tends to form the least number of adjoining sides, generally forming hexagons.   In practice, while there are many hexagons, the columns vary from three to many more sides and in size from a few centimetres up to nearly two metres across in some areas.  Many have difficulty believing that this intriguing rock formation is not man-made.

Puffins

A colony of puffins nests on Staffa and visitors can enjoy relatively close quarters communing with these comical little birds during the breeding season from late April to early August.

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What have our customers said

We booked a trip to Staffa at the last minute, because it was such a lovely day. What a fantastic experience. The 2 crew members were fab and we were fortunate enough to see a pod of dolphins which swam under the boat, and hundreds of puffins, very close up during our landing on Staffa.
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