Fingal's Cave, Staffa

Fingal's Cave, Staffa, Scotland

 This evening, I am focusing on Staffa, a fascinating, uninhabited island off the West Coast of Scotland. Staffa was formed by volcanic action some 60m years ago. The columns are made from dark grey basalt.It is believed that the molten rock was heated to around 1200 degrees C and then cooled, hardened and fractured into stone pillars. These pillars have underlying geometric shapes but vary in detail because of the disparate cooling rates.

The name Staffa is of Old Norse origin and means ‘wooden building staves’. ( The Norwegian Vikings controlled parts of the West of Scotland for hundreds of years up until the 13th century.)

The sea caves have been formed by wave action. The island gained international recognition after a visit by the composer, Felix Mendelssohn who visited the island in 1829 and was inspired to compose Hebrides Overture (‘Fingal’s Cave’). Read more on Visit Staffa, Visit Scotland…