Fingal's Cave has been a source of inspiration for centuries

In Scotland's Inner Hebrides, lies a unique rock formation. Hundreds of geometric columns that once inspired Jules Verne and the Pink Floyd... Welcome to Fingal's Cave. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

This is neither a human construction nor an extraterrestrial island…

In the west of Scotland, this uninhabited island has been a source of fascination for centuries. The Vikings, believing it was formed by gods or giants, named it “Staffa”, otherwise known as “pillar island.” Its cliffs are adorned with thousands of hexagonal columns. On the south side is Fingal’s Cave, which resembles a natural temple. As the ocean rushes inside, it creates strange echoes.

The similarity between these pillars and those of the Giant’s Causeway gave rise to a legend. These two places are said to be the endpoints of an ancient causeway built by giants. The columns from both sites share a similar composition: they are made from volcanic basalt.

The Isle of Staffa was formed around 59 million years ago, when an eruption produced a thick lava flow. By cooling down slowly, it created these hexagonal forms. Later, erosion contributed to the carving out of Fingal’s Cave.

Over the centuries, the cave has inspired the painter William Turner, the writer Jules Vernes and the group Pink Floyd. Now uninhabited, the island is accessible by boat and it's possible to explore it on foot. In spring and at the start of summer, several birds come here to nest, like Atlantic puffins. You can also see black guillemots, cormorants, razorbills and northern fulmars. Since 2001, the island has been classified as a National Nature Reserve.


05/04/2020 6:32 AM


  • Michael W.
    2 days

    Check it out on Google earth!

  • Yopi B.
    4 days

    Yet so many things on and under the Earth still in mistery, human eagerly to conquest the sky

  • Ina L.
    22/11/2021 15:43


  • Suman
    22/11/2021 11:36

    Beautiful and Wonderful.

  • Andrew V.
    22/11/2021 07:50

    It’s a tree !

  • Dianne C.
    21/11/2021 22:49

    i want to see please 🥺

  • Gladis G.
    21/11/2021 22:13

    Árboles, quemados y fosilizados..

  • Jms G.
    20/11/2021 01:56

    No matter what you do you cannot recreate this basalt formation. Therefor I conclude that this is a giant tree fossil. Enough with the deception fucking illuminatis

  • Judithcarol M.
    20/11/2021 00:54

    Giants causeway in northern Ireland too

  • Alok K.
    19/11/2021 16:31

    Amazing👌 💖

  • Bayden Y.
    18/11/2021 19:05

    Its a massive tree stump

  • Peter N.
    18/11/2021 17:30

    These basalt columns are a common site in central Washington state

  • Uriel F.
    17/11/2021 08:26

    Now i understand where some part of skyrim's area take its concept.

  • Nicky R.
    16/11/2021 12:42

    You missed off Felix Mendelssohn and his Hebridean Overture ‘Fingal’s cave’.

  • Nicky R.
    16/11/2021 12:38

    Been in Fingal’s Cave and it is a spectacular example of ancient GEOLOGICAL forces.

  • Lizzie B.
    16/11/2021 08:46

    ‘feel the history’

  • John D.
    15/11/2021 22:02

    it's a petrified tree, some of the largest are in Madagascar 8 1/2 miles across

  • Jimmy H.
    15/11/2021 06:19

    59 million 🤣😂🤣

  • Wendy B.
    14/11/2021 11:58

    Beautiful earth 🌍

  • Munkhtulga D.
    13/11/2021 13:43

    Could you see this link

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