One for the early risers - a tour to the most dramatic of all the Scottish islands: the Isle of Staffa, with its hexagonal pillars and Fingal's Cave. On the way to Staffa keep an eye out for dolphins, porpoises and minke whales which are often seen during the warmer months.

For early risers, this tour starts earlier than our standard Isle of Staffa Tour departing from Fionnphort on Mull and the pier on Iona.  Take an early morning boat tour to the most dramatic of all the Scottish islands: Staffa, with its hexagonal pillars and Fingal's Cave.  Since all the caves face south east (with the exception of Clamshell which faces due east) they are best seen by morning light.

Tour details

The approach to Staffa by sea is breathtaking, great basalt columns flanking the deep caves which have inspired so much praise. Since all the caves face south east (with the exception of Clamshell which faces due east) they are best seen by morning light.

If you are fortunate with weather conditions you will be able to land and explore the natural wonders of Fingal’s Cave or Clamshell Cave where the columns are intricately curved and distorted.

Wildlife

On the way to Staffa keep an eye out for dolphins, porpoises and minke whales which are often seen during the warmer months.

A large colony of puffins breed on Staffa every summer and are always a firm favourite with visitors who can see them congregate on the cliffs, diving into the water then return with a beakful of fish. The best time to see the puffins is during the breeding season between the start of May and start of August when the birds have their distinctive colourful beaks. The puffins are very tolerant of people and its possible to get very close to them, making for some create photo opportunities.

2.5 hours. 1 hour ashore on Staffa

On all our tours you will always be accompanied by local and knowledgeable crew to guide your experience.

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Departures Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Iona 9.30 9.30 9.30 9.30 9.30 9.25 9.30
Fionnphort 9.45 9.45 9.45 9.45 9.45 9.35 9.45
Returns Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Iona 12.15 12.15 12.15 12.15 12.15 12.00 12.15
Fionnphort 12.15 12.15 12.15 12.15 12.15 12.00 12.15