Isle of Staffa
Isle of Staffa
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See the famous hexagonal rock columns, formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions. Follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, J M W Turner, Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth. Listen to the astonishing acoustics of Fingal’s Cave, which inspired Mendelssohn to compose his Hebrides Overture. Enjoy a puffin-spotting picnic on the top of the island in summer. Staffa is cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.
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Chris L
Leatherhead, UK16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We had a great 6 hour trip with Staffa Tours, including two unforgettable hours on Lunga and views from the boat approaching Staffa were fantastic. BUT so many boats converged on Staffa at the same time that afternoon, coming from Tobermory, Oban, Ulva, Fionnphort, Iona and perhaps even Col or Tiree, that they were queueing to let people on and off. This meant crowds of about 50 at a time each way were trying to get up or down a steep and narrow stairway and several such groups were also traversing the hexagonal rocks for quite some distance to both to and from Fingal's Cave, with drops to more rocks and then to the sea below. Many of us were decidedly nervous, not because the walking itself was difficult but because the crowding made it so. This, being a Thursday in reasonably early May, was nowhere near peak-season. I hope the various parties operating trips will better co-ordinate schedules so that they do not all fit within such a tight window.
Written May 24, 2024
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Christine J
London, England, United Kingdom22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Booked our trip to Fingal’s Cave and Iona with Staffa Trips out of Fionnphort and we were not disappointed. Very friendly and helpful crew. Left on time and great commentary on the way. An added extra was being taken to see the dolphins swimming in the bay. Given plenty of time for people on both sides of the boat to photograph the dolphins. Various aspects of Fingal’s Cave explained and good advice on how to spot the puffins. The crew were happy to drop us off at Iona explaining how to get back to Mull with Calmac ferries. It may be a longer drive to depart Fionnphort but it’s a chance to see another side of Mull and a quicker crossing. Definitely recommend Staffa Trips. Nothing is a problem.
Written June 17, 2022
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rodgers14
Sunderland, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The trip to Staffa is the most under rated trip I have ever been on !! I just thought oh well it's a boat trip to a little island, there was no promotion of it at all.
However, It was absolutely fantastic !!
Lads on the boat told us about all the wild life, Fingals Cave was absolutely amazing and we saw the puffins fly in and out of their burrows. If you are travelling to Mull, do not miss this trip !! Highly recommended
Written August 5, 2020
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MariaCBTraveler
Laurel Springs, NJ209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The geological marvel of Staffa is known for its dramatic hexagonal basalt columns and the home of the world famous Fingal's Cave. Basically using the columns as steps we make our way around to Fingal's Cave, but unfortunately can not wander inside. There is plenty to do outside though, so some go up on top of the island to explore and get a dose of Puffin cuteness. Others stay along the shore, exploring the small tide pools, checking out the clusters of bright kelp, finding a place to relax and take in the amazing surroundings and refreshing sea air.
Written May 13, 2020
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McTavish2015
Dundee, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We really enjoyed the staffa boat trip & walk around the island. Fingals cave was amazing & loved seeing the Puffins, very friendly. Great excursion with Staffa tours, would go again. ..Recommend to wear trainers as def need good footwear on the terrain.
Written August 11, 2020
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Oly L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
I went to Staffa with Staffa tours and came away from it really blown away in thinking how cool it was. From watching the Puffins, to the cave and the island in general was just a thing of beauty. Would go back for sure! Highly reccommend!
Written June 10, 2021
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Rhuari M
Montrose, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Truly amazing trip. From what I’m told, being able to land on Staffa is weather dependant so we were lucky. We managed to land and get off the boat for a walk around and a look inside fingals cave. One of the best tours I’ve ever taken.
Written August 28, 2020
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Ann C
Nashville, TN3,305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Truly a must do if you can.

We loved seeing the puffins!

We only wish we had more time on the island to relax before our boat was leaving. We had ferried from Oban and took a bus in Mull to connect with a boat in order to see Staffa.

Do not attempt if the weather is bad/rough seas as the boat will not be able to land.
Written June 23, 2022
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Alastair J
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
For many years I have wanted to visit this island, however the weather was rather dismal with periodic drizzle and strong winds when we left Iona and unfortunately when we arrived and disembarked on Staffa it deteriorated rather rapidly with the result that neither my wife or I decided to walk round to Fingal's Cave hoping that it would improve before we were due to be collected by our boat for ferrying back to Iona. I did initially hike across the island in order to see the Puffins hoping the weather would improve. The birds were fantastic, you were almost within touching distance and they were not at all concerned, unfortunately the weather remained the same, possibly even deteriorating.
If we ever manage back onto Staffa, Fingal's Cave is a must + repeat to see Puffins!!!
Written July 2, 2022
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janemG5878EX
Linlithgow, United Kingdom17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We sailed from Tobermory to Staffa and the Treshnish isles. Saw some dolphins on the way to Staffa which was amazing. Staffa is interesting but I would have been happy to miss out Staffa and have had more time on Lunga watching the puffins. This is the first time I have ever seen live puffins and was captivated by them. It was worth the clamber over the rocks and scramble up the track (helped by my daughter) to see them. If I go again I would take a treking pole. Would definitely recommend Staffa Tours, the crew are so friendly and helpful.
Written May 10, 2022
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