Scotland’s Weird Island: Staffa

Staffa Island is a tiny spec of land in amongst the hundreds of islands off Scotland’s west coast that make up the Hebrides. Many of these islands are uninhabited and rather uninteresting to visit, but one desolate place makes for a spectacular visit:  Staffa Island

Those strange formations of rock cover the island and are made up of hexagonal basalt, a rock that creates this formations that look as if some strange human colony of centuries past chiseled their way around the island.  The highlight is Fingal’s Cave, pictured, which makes the most wonderful sounds as the waves blast against the back wall.

You can walk all over the island, if you can get your way through the mud.  There are cliffs with no railings and you can hop along those hexagonal columns right out into the sea if you so wish.  It’s hard to believe Mother nature created such a bizarre yet beautiful piece of land.  It’s well worth the visit if you find yourself down on this part of the coast.

Getting There

Getting to Staffa isn’t easy.  The simplest option is to get yourself to Oban, a mainland port with ferries to many of the Hebrides islands.  Catch the ferry to Mull, about 45 minutes away.   Then once you leave the ferry in Craignure, take a left – it’s easy as there’s only one road on Mull.  This takes you down a single track road for about an hour into Fionnphort, which is where the ferry departs for Iona.  Here or in Iona you can take a smaller pedestrian ferry for the 40 minute journey out to Staffa island.

It’s actually cheaper to not drive and let Bowmans take you – for some reason the Oban-Craignure ferry is very expensive for cars compared to other island ferries.

And unsurprisingly, this is a miserable trip in poor weather, so try to aim for a sunny (or at least dry) day.  Sturdy footwear recommended.

Photo Credit: lhoon