The majestic uninhabited Island of Staffa is now a national nature reserve managed by the National Trust for Scotland. And from Mull holiday cottage Traigh Mhor, boat trips are just a short six-mile drive away at Fionnphort.
Staffa is famous for its distinctive six-sided basalt columns and the awe-inspiring Fingal’s Cave, prompting Mendelssohn to write his Hebrides Overture and Turner to paint it.
And in spring and early summer, its cliffs and grassy slopes offer nesting for seabirds such as guillemots, razorbills and puffins.
Boat trips to Staffa
There are a number of tour boat operators offering trips to Staffa, from Fionnphort and Iona. You usually have time on Staffa to explore and visit the cave . Booking is advised and check the weather – if there is too much sea swell, the boat may not be able to land.
It can be very slippy on the rock and grass, so make sure you have good shoes or boots.
Staffa Tours, from Iona and Fionnphort. Tel: 01681 700338 / 01631 571112 / 01631 562842.
Staffa Trips is based on Iona but picks up passengers from Fionnphort too. Tel: 01681 700358.
Turus Mara, based at Dervaig, offer wildlife and seabird cruise tours sailing from Ulva Ferry. Freephone 08000 85 87 86 or +44(0)1688 400297 outside the UK or using mobile phones.