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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

If you’re thinking of visiting one of our island properties … please don’t. 

In the middle of this Public Health emergency, the idea of travelling to one of the Trust’s island properties may be very appealing. However, we respectfully ask you to think again.

Uninhabited islands are isolated from healthcare providers, so someone falling ill will put even more strain on the system with possibly fatal consequences. To protect our staff we’re not opening or staffing any of the facilities on island for the foreseeable future. This includes piers, toilets, bothies and camp sites.

We want everyone to take care and stay well. Once the crisis is over you’ll be welcomed with open arms to enjoy some of the most amazing coastal and island settings in the world.  Until then, please think about donating to the Trust to help us conserve this beautiful place. There are plenty of images and other content on our website about places like Mingulay, Staffa and St Kilda so that you don’t have to miss out on their spectacular scenery.

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 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.

Staffa has been filmed on Google Streetview Treks, where you can view the terrain in advance of your visit.

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

Entry prices

One adult family

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50