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.
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
Please note: It is possible to join the tour at Fionnphort and return to Iona to explore at your leisure.
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