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“Puffin Trip”
Review of Staffa Trips

Staffa Trips
Ranked #1 of 3 Tours in Isle of Iona
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Iolaire sails twice daily from Iona at 9.45am or1.45pm OR from Fionnphort at 10am or 2pm. The trip lasts 3 hours and you can get on or off at Fionnphort or Iona. The Iolaire is a brown wooden boat and returns to Fionnphort first at 1pm or 5pm and then to Iona 10 minutes later. The sea journey takes 45 minutes and en route a wide variety of sea life may be observed. Once at Staffa a commentary is given and Fingal's Cave can be seen from the Iolaire. Passengers are landed weather permitted and given at lease one hour ashore which allows time to walk into Fingal's Cave or up the ladders to see the puffins when they are in season. There is always something exciting to see and the crew will be happy to welcome you on board the Iolaire.
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“Puffin Trip”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

This all day trip is outstanding, for the 3 isle excursion itself, now for isles having hardly anything on them the staffa trip is amazing from leaving oban over the ferry to craignure you board the bus which takes you to fionnphort the whole journey is described by the driver who knows all knowledge of the area and even stops to point out wildlife when its close by. Once you go onto the smaller staffa ferry they take you out to fingals cave on the way here you'll see seals, dolphins and low flying ducks. The boats backs up to the entrance of the cave and gives you plenty of opportunity for photos. Once you leave the cave youre heading to staffa to see the puffins this part of the journey should be longer as you only get an hour and be sure take a packed lunch the puffins like to show off flying close and you can get within 3ft for fantastic photos. after leaving staffa youre taken to iona for 2hrs plenty time to grab a lunch and visit the abbey before heading back. This excursion is well worth the money £55 the staff are friendly, knowledgable and patient certainly I will return next season.

Visited June 2012
7 Thank Michelle O
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“A great half day”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

We spent a half day on this tour which also picks up passengers at Fionnphort. It takes about 45 minutes to get out to Staffa, leaves you for about an hour and then brings you back.
The island is formed of massive basalt rocks, like the Giant's Causeway in Ireland. It is home to Fingal's Cave, a magical place (which had a sea otter swimming in it when we were there) and to puffin rookeries. When we were there the puffins had babies in their holes and it was explained to us that although they were on the water down below fishing, if they saw people they'd probably come up to feed their chicks knowing that bigger birds would be frightened off by us. And so it happened and we were delighted to see dozens of these lovely birds at close proximity.
The island requires a reasonable level of fitness - there's a steep climb to get to the rookeries and you have to step around to the cave on the basalt blocks, although there is a handrail. However the tour operator will pick you up earlier if you only want to go to the cave.
Mr Kirkpatrick who takes the tour has great local knowledge and spends quite a bit of time with his passengers talking to them and explaining about the wildlife and its habits. On our way back he spotted a whale and spent a good ten minutes of unscheduled time following it as it swam between the island.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank mbloggs
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Boat Trip to Geological Magnificence- 8th WOW? with Puffins”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

Being someone who is frequently seasick- impressed with steady nature of small boats captainsy to see the yawning Mendolsohn point of inspiration. Very exciting on land too- to walk right up to the grand structure itself via special ppainted non-slip surfaces on hexagonal plugs using 1 side only -guide metal rope. The rock geometery and force written in the rock formations is quite humbling (+ the thunderous echo-ing of the sea). You can take a haunting wonder after via steep stairs on the top of the cliff , through beautiful spring flowers -so across part of the abandoned island . We did this whilst the ship crew were reckying, to see if spring puffins had arrived yet. We were very lucky -they had and taken to see charming birds, playing in the the water about the boat.

Visited April 2012
Thank pickytweeter
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Athens, GA
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“A Wondrous Glimpse of Nature"”
Reviewed September 25, 2011

My wife and I took the boat ride from Iona knowing only that the photos we had seen were interesting. What we saw is one of those natural creations that is both beautiful a little mysterious. The trip itself is spectacular...the water was beyond blue and the views view stunning. The island itself is a not-so-difficult walk around the base to Fingal's cave and then to the top up rock stairs. Once on top, we enjoyed gazing at the surrounding islands and were sorry to leave. Dress for chilly/windy weather!

Visited May 2011
Thank DrDavidE
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“Worth a look”
Reviewed July 28, 2011

Friendly skipper and crew took us out to Staffa- seals very close up on the way out. Geologist heaven to see the columnar basalt of Staffa- very impressive. My main hope was to photograph puffins and though its late in the season I did find some. Well worth £25.

Thank Davescunningplan
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