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Staffa National Nature Reserve

Volcanic rock columns are home to black guillemots, fulmars, puffins and the magical Fingal’s Cave

Planning your visit

Welcome back! Scottish Government advice is for anyone travelling to the Scottish islands to take a lateral flow test before they travel. This helps to keep remote and vulnerable communities safe.

We want you to enjoy your visit to the island – your safety is our priority. This means we may have had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.

The easiest way to visit Staffa is with one of the local tour boat operators. Landing is dependent on suitable weather conditions.

There are no visitor facilities or toilets on the island, and visitors should have appropriate footwear for rough ground and slippery rocks.

Dogs must be kept under control and away from nesting seabirds.

Please note that there are unfenced, steep cliffs around most of the island.

View the terrain on Staffa in advance of your visit using this Google Street View

Staffa is a ‘no-drone zone’ between 1 April and 31 July, to prevent disturbance to breeding seabirds. Outwith this time, amateur unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) operators should seek permission from the property before flying. Commercial operators should contact the Trust’s Filming Manager at

Landing charges applicable for commercial operators. Please contact for more information.

For more information about planning your visit please see our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by email: or telephone 01681 700659 or 07717 581405.

Facilities & access

  • Due to the terrain, access onto Staffa is not advisable for wheelchair users.
  • For those with mobility difficulties, the ferry is accessible with assistance.
  • There are steps to the top of the island.
  • The path to Fingal’s Cave is uneven.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

Please note that there are unfenced, steep cliffs around most of the island.


Opening times


Due to a planned major project on Staffa, there will be no public access to the island from 15 August.

Current period1 Jan–14 Aug, open daily 15 Aug–31 Mar 2023, closed

Entry prices

One adult family

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50