Staffa

1 Top of the Pier, Argyll and Bute PA76 6SW United Kingdom

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Staffa (, ) from the Old Norse for stave or pillar island, is an island of the Inner Hebrides in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. The Vikings gave it this name as its columnar basalt reminded them of their houses, which were built from vertically placed tree-logs. Staffa lies about west of the Isle of Mull. The area is and the highest point is above sea level. The island came to prominence in the late 18th century after a visit by Sir Joseph Banks. He and his fellow-travellers extolled the natural beauty of the basalt columns in general and of the island's main sea cavern, which Banks renamed 'Fingal's Cave'. Their visit was followed by those of many other prominent personalities throughout the next two centuries, including Queen Victoria and Felix Mendelssohn. The latter's Hebrides Overture brought further fame to the island, which was by then uninhabited. It is now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

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September 18, 2016

The uninhabited Isle of Staffa is home to the famous sea cave, Fingal's Cave, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, known for its natural acoustics. The National Trust for Scotland owns the cave as part of a National Nature Reserve.

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Staffa

1 Top of the Pier
Argyll and Bute
PA76 6SW United Kingdom

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