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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.

Brut.

04/05/2020 6:32 AM
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  • Aroti B.
    08/01/2020 13:43

    Wow amazing

  • Brian W.
    07/11/2020 02:54

    That is crazy cool

  • Umme A.
    06/22/2020 11:59

    Lovely nature

  • Nathaniel M.
    05/19/2020 12:24

    Theories theories Diferrent from HisStory

  • Julia K.
    05/18/2020 13:45

    We also have those in parts of Greenland

  • Lewis M.
    05/14/2020 18:11

    must be the other side of the causeway

  • Gayle O.
    05/14/2020 14:13

    😍

  • Robles S.
    05/11/2020 18:42

    K chulada

  • Jonathon T.
    05/11/2020 14:52

    lets go

  • Lakshay H.
    05/11/2020 13:29

    viking

  • Dan C.
    05/11/2020 09:12

    this is where I want to go

  • Stacey A.
    05/10/2020 23:44

    If we ever go to scotland I feel this is a must !!

  • Dan C.
    05/10/2020 19:16

    this is where I want to go

  • Ernesto M.
    05/10/2020 03:39

    Jaime Madrigal

  • Gustavo Q.
    05/10/2020 01:16

    We have that kind of rock formations in Hidalgo, Mexico too. I couldn’t post a picture.

  • أبو و.
    05/08/2020 17:12

    سبحان الله

  • Georgina N.
    05/08/2020 07:27

    Amazing 💗

  • Ruth B.
    05/07/2020 14:59

    do you know this place/have you been here??

  • Kaleb F.
    05/07/2020 10:09

    This is beautiful

  • Sapp L.
    05/07/2020 10:08

    scottish nature...