Staffa and Fingal’s Cave

Staffa

If you follow my Instagram feed, you will see that we are just back from a long weekend away camping in the South West of Mull.  Whilst camping we decided to pay for a trip to the Staffa National Trust Nature Reserve (the island is maintained by the National Trust for Scotland) with Staffa Trips (not been compensated in the slightest, just wanted to mention them as they were fab!) who were incredibly friendly, efficient and knowledgeable about the area.  The trip out to Staffa takes just under an hour and you can look out for wildlife on the way.

Staffa

Staffa trips

seal mull

We spotted seals, Cormorants and some other sea birds on our way across as well as getting a great view of Iona and the iconic abbey.

Iona Abbey

When you arrive at Staffa you can see the amazing remnants of volcanic activity in the area, there are giant hexagonal columns that are reminiscent of the Giant’s Causeway and are impressive both from a distance and when you set foot on the island.

Staffa

Fingal’s cave looks pretty dramatic from the sea, where you can see the sea swell up inside.  The cave itself is known for it’s natural acoustics, although I personally didn’t notice it (probably as I’m not musically orientated and all we did was shout into the cave to hear the echoes!).

Staffa

We were given an hour ashore to see Fingal’s cave and walk over to the Puffin’s, although we were told it would be plenty of time to see both, I don’t think they count on small people slowing you down!  It would be great to have had another half hour so we didn’t have to rush quite so much (although it would be no problem without kids or with older kids).

Staffa

As soon as we were off the boat we headed straight for Fingal’s cave, walking over the hexagonal columns that have formed a natural walkway.  It’s only possible to land in good weather, which is understandable when you have a swell of water passing between the small island of columns beside the main island and the jetty, making it a little difficult (but fun!) to jump off the boat onto the jetty.

Staffa

The columns are really easy to walk on and we were at Fingal’s cave in no time.  Apparently the cave is named after the giant Fingal and there are various myths and poems about the cave.

Staffa

Staffa

The actual walk around the corner into the cave is quite steep and I was particularly wary of Mr O going anywhere near the edge, making sure he was holding onto the rails all the time.  I had Mr A in the Tula on my back as he doesn’t do hand holding and would not be safe without being strapped on!

Staffa

After a few attempted photos (not easy with the light) and some echoing we headed back out the cave and along the hexagonal shore, up the steep steps to the top of Staffa.  The Puffin nesting area is at the opposite end of the island, although the walking is easy, it’s hard to convince small people to keep walking until we get there and then get food and water.  This is why we didn’t have much time to watch puffins.  Fortunately we arrived with a few minutes to spare before heading back for the boat and after sitting on the grass for 5 minutes we had a couple of Puffins poking their heads out of the nearby burrows.

Staffa

Staffa

Apparently the Puffin’s are happy to see you as people scare away the larger sea birds and it’s safer for them to land and go into the burrows.  If you can stay longer I’m sure the Puffins will get even closer and it’s great to watch them flying out to sea and back.

Staffa

We had a mad dash back to the jetty and as some of the other people on the boat didn’t manage to see the Puffin’s we had a quick trip round on the boat to watch them from the sea.  They are such beautiful birds.

Staffa

I highly recommend a trip to Staffa and if you head out with Staffa Trips it costs £30 and adult and £15 a child (under 5’s are free), with a total of 3 hour round trip.  You can also get dropped off on Iona on the way back for no additional charge, which we didn’t do this time, but will need to visit another day.

Have you visited Staffa or Mull before?  What do you think of the cute little Puffin’s?

J x

 

21 Comments

  1. May 24, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    We visited Staffa (and puffins on Treshnish Isles) too when we went to Mull a few years back. Such a memorable place, lovely to see your photos!

  2. May 24, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    Oh this looks amazing and your photos are fabulous. I adore Mull, I’m sad that we won’t make it there when we come up to Scotland next week but it really is one of my favourite places.
    Nat.x

  3. May 24, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Wow looks amazing. We have never been but I may just add it onto the list of places to go. x

  4. May 25, 2016 / 6:13 am

    You know it looks like something out of Games of Thrones, something a bit mystical about it doesn’t it. Glad you had fun #whatevertheweather

  5. May 25, 2016 / 7:58 am

    Looks like an amazing adventure to be had by the whole family. The sealife animals would be amazing to let alone having a cafe to explore aswell. I would love to visit this place

  6. May 25, 2016 / 8:53 am

    Wow, what a trip this looks fantastic. I love the rock formations! I have never been abover Inverness before – it’s a place I’d love to take my children someday. Sarah #WHateverTheWeather

  7. May 25, 2016 / 8:56 am

    Wow, this looks stunning – kind of magical and otherwordly! I can imagine not the easiest of walks with little children though! The puffins are lovely, and I always love to see seals too. So much wildlife to see in addition to the stunning scenery! #whatevertheweather

  8. May 25, 2016 / 9:39 am

    WOW this looks amazing I love the wildlife that you saw and the pictures are just amazing thanks so much for sharing xx #whatevertheweather

  9. May 25, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    What an amazing place to see, beautiful and it looks like so much fun to explore too. Would love to see those Puffins. x

  10. May 25, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    That looks amazing! Got everything we love-wildlife, beautiful landscapes, a cave and geology! Very jealous, would love to visit some Scottish Islands. They’re all on my list, my very long list! Just need a teleporter or more hours in the day (or less work!) to see all these fab places. #whatevertheweather

  11. May 25, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    What a fab trip, Jenny – I have never even seen a puffin in the wild. The cave looks amazing too. I did visit Colonsay in my teens and would love to go back to the Hebrides at some point.

  12. May 27, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    You were brave getting up close to puffins and the cave with two little ones. #whatevertheweather

  13. May 28, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    I love the name of the cave – it sounds so enchanting! #whatevertheweather

  14. May 28, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    Fingal’s Cave is stunning. I’ve seen a few pictures of it before but didn’t realise that a boat trip would be the best way to see it. It sounds like good fun with the combined trip to see the puffins. Thy certainly are very cute! #whatevertheweather

  15. May 29, 2016 / 7:55 am

    What an amazing trip jenny. Sadly we didn’t get to see Fingal’s cave and the fingers when we were in Mull – but we certainly shall do when we next vivit. I love watching Puffins, they’re so much fun. We often go to Bempton (near Bridlington on the east coast – Yorkshire) to watch them.
    Angela x

  16. May 30, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Wow! Such lucky kids to have experience such natural beauty and animals in their actual habitat and not in the zoo. The cave and the walkway column shapes are so so interesting. I’ve never seen anything like this before. I am so pinning this! Hopefully, one day I can take my kids to see these too. Thank your sharing. 🙂

  17. June 5, 2016 / 11:42 am

    looks like you had a great time!
    That sea looked amazing, I love the shots of inside the cave.

    I love my Tula, its always much easier to pop Ru in his when we’re exploring.
    Thanks for hosting and sorry I took so long to comment xxx

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