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Fingal's Cave

 

Approaching the Isle of Staffa in a small boat you get a fine view of Fingal's Cave set amongst the volcanic basalt columns from which the island is formed.  After landing on Staffa you can walk around the edge along a pathway formed from the top of some of the basalt columns and then go a short way into the cave. The sea surrounding the cave has this torquise blue colour, even in bad weather.

 

It is here that Felix Mendelssohn visited in 1829 and wrote Die Hebriden (in English, Hebrides Overture Opus 26, commonly known as Fingal's Cave overture), inspired by the weird echoes in the cave. There have been a number of well known visitors, including Jules Verne and Queen Victoria, over the years.

 

staffa

 

Leaving the island, ploughing through the wild seas  the island receededs into the mist and spray.

 

staffa

 

 

 


Fingal's Cave

 

Approaching the Isle of Staffa in a small boat you get a fine view of Fingal's Cave set amongst the volcanic basalt columns from which the island is formed.  After landing on Staffa you can walk around the edge along a pathway formed from the top of some of the basalt columns and then go a short way into the cave. The sea surrounding the cave has this torquise blue colour, even in bad weather.

 

It is here that Felix Mendelssohn visited in 1829 and wrote Die Hebriden (in English, Hebrides Overture Opus 26, commonly known as Fingal's Cave overture), inspired by the weird echoes in the cave. There have been a number of well known visitors, including Jules Verne and Queen Victoria, over the years.

 

staffa

 

Leaving the island, ploughing through the wild seas  the island receededs into the mist and spray.

 

staffa

 

 

 


comments (13)

  • Glo
  • United States
  • 19 May 2011, 05:07
Such a cool shot! At first glance, I thought about the 7th Harry Potter book when he and Dumbledore had to go into a cavern and find one of the horcrux!
Les Auld: Unfortunately there was nothing hidden in the cave Glo, thanks for the comment.
This is just awesome Les... all the pix look like they're from a storybook. Must have been a cool experience.
Les Auld: It was just great Jacquelyn, a place I would readily return to as well, Thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 May 2011, 07:39
A terrific shot of an iconic place Ls: I've never been there unfortunately
Les Auld: Well worth making the long trip for Chris, thanks for the comment.
What a place to see! I love to visit strange geologic formations.
Les Auld: Quite different from the run-of-the-mill places Mary, thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 19 May 2011, 11:34
Great photo of a stunning rock
Les Auld: Thanks Vintage, appreciate the comment.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2011, 12:12
Nice shots, my favourite is the bottom one.
Les Auld: One I quite like as well John, thanks for the comment.
Great pictures, Les. Brings back memories of a Scottish highlight.
Les Auld: It is a pale to remember Graeme, thanks for the comment.
I can imagine pirates and smugglers looking at the cave, great shots Les smile
Les Auld: Many thanks Linda, appreciate the comment.
Nice shots Les, brings back memories of a visit i made their, fantastic place.
Les Auld: fantastic indeed Frank, thanks for the comment.
A great set of images Les, some friends of ours planned to visit there last week but I gather the weather wasn't quite right so they couldn't/didn't go.
Les Auld: The trip was canceled on the Monday but later in the week was just fine. Thanks for the comment.
An impressive sight Les. Never been but I like the music!
Les Auld: Try and go Bill, and I agree the must is just grand. Thanks for the comment.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 May 2011, 21:50
Somewhere I've always wanted to visit but never been. I love the sea in this especially.
Les Auld: Well worth going Alan, the colour of the sea around Staff is just amazing. Thanks for the comment.
What an amazing place Les. Great shots smile
Les Auld: Thanks Pamela, one of my favourite places indeed.

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