Staffa is the stuff of legend – an unspoilt and uninhabited island best known for its magnificent basalt columns and spectacular sea caves.
The most famous of these is Fingal’s Cave, also known as An Uamh Binn (Cave of Melody). It has a unique, cathedral-like structure and its hexagonal columns are similar to those of the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.
Fingal’s Cave was immortalised by Mendelssohn in his Hebrides Overture, after he visited the island in 1829, and in a famous painting by the artist J M W Turner.
Despite being only half a mile long and quarter of a mile wide, and completely uninhabited, Staffa has been a source of inspiration for countless visiting artists over the centuries.
Famous visitors to the island have included Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the artist J M W Turner, and poets and writers Keats, Wordsworth, Tennyson and Sir Walter Scott.
The National Trust for Scotland owns 20 properties around the coast of Scotland.
Together they hold almost a fifth of all seabirds breeding
Learn about the species of seabirds and where they can be found in Scotland on our Seabird website.