February 03, 2015

Fingal’s Cave, Island of Staffa - Scotland

Fingal’s Cave is a beautiful sea cave on the Scottish island of Staffa. The cave’s unique formation, structure, and history have made it an international attraction.

The cave is believed to have been formed 60 million years ago amidst a volcanic eruption. The eruption caused lava flow that formed hexagonally-jointed basalt columns similar to the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.

In fact, scientist believe both the Giant’s Causeway and Fingal’s cave were formed from the same lava flow.

Today, Fingal’s Cave is a sight that people travel from around the world to see. 
The cave has a history of mythological tales and was a major inspiration for famous German composer Felix Mendelssohn, as well as countless other artists.


With thanks to Higher Learning

From You Tube:

Fingal's Cave is a sea cave on the island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides. It is formed from hexagonally-jointed basalt columns similar to the Giant's Causeway in Ireland. 

The Giant's Causeway and Fingal's Cave were both formed by the same lava flow 60 million years ago. In Gaelic mythology Fionn mac Cumhaill, a giant, constructed a causeway from Ireland to Scotland out basalt colums. 

Fionn built it to allow a Scottish giant, Benandonner, come and fight him. 

After deceiving Benandonner and bighting off his finger of power Fionn chased him back to Scotland but Benandonner ran so hard the causewasy collapsed behind him. 

Fionn took a sod of earth, forming Lough Neagh, and threw it after Benandonner but it fell in the Irish sea to form the Isle of Man.

Check out this vid of a canoe trip to Staffa for a view of Staffa from canoe.


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