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