Staffa Trips

Visit Staffa, Fingal's Cave and Iona


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GOOD NEWS!
Access to Fingal’s Cave has been restored and bookings for our 2020 season are now open!

Over the years, we've shared this special place - and our knowledge of it - with tens of thousands of people. Whether you're interested in geology or seabirds, or if you just fancy being out on the water for a few hours, we look forward to welcoming you aboard and hope you'll enjoy the trip.

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+44 (0) 1681 700755 (Landline) or +44 (0) 7809 136694 (Mobile)

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The Isle of Staffa – off the west coast of Scotland – is a beautiful uninhabited island, famous for its dramatic basalt columns, sea caves and bird life. Over the years it has captivated thousands of people including Johnson & Boswell, Queen Victoria, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott, Jules Verne and Joseph Banks.

Fingal’s Cave is always splendid and atmospheric with its basalt columns formed during a period of volcanic activity 59 million years ago.

Puffins can be seen ashore in season as well as shags, oystercatchers and black guillemots. We often see guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes, shearwaters gannets, great skuas and other birds from the boat.

If you’re lucky, you might see a passing otter, porpoise, dolphin, basking shark or whale!

The trip lasts approximately three hours and you can disembark at Fionnphort or Iona.

Staffa Trips leave Iona and Fionnphort twice daily (1st April-31st October) and we aim to give you at least 1 hour ashore.

We’ll do our best to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.

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Basalt columns on the island of Staffa
  • Geology
    Staffa was formed during a period of intense volcanic activity some 59 million years ago. Slow cooling of basaltic lava cause the resulting rock to have a polygonal joint pattern. Most of the columns are 5 or 6 sided and free standing.
Image of a Puffin on the island of Staffa
  • Seabirds
    The area in which we operate is home to a wide variety of seabirds including Cormorants, Shags, Guillemots, Razorbills, and Shearwaters. Puffins nest on Staffa each year, arriving in early April and leaving again at the end of July. They can often be seen ashore at close quarters during May, June and July.
Seals basking on rocks, seen on a visit to Staffa
  • Marine Life
    The water around Staffa is home to a wide variety of marine life and we see common seals on most trips. Porpoises and Dolphins are seen fairly regularly, while Minke Whales and Basking Sharks visit when the water is warmest in June, July and August.
Iolaire of Iona, the boat which takes visitors to Staffa
  • Our Boat
    Staffa Trips’ boat, Iolaire of Iona is a beautiful wooden boat, purpose built to take visitors to Staffa. She’s constructed from larch planks on an oak frame in the carvel style and powered by two diesel engines. She’s lifted out of the water each winter and inspected twice yearly by the MCA.
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Prices: £35 Adult, £17.50 Child (5-15). Under 5’s free.

Please note: All trips and landings are subject to suitable weather and sea conditions.

Book online now by clicking the button below

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If you’re enquiring within 1 hour of departure, or would rather speak to a member of staff, please telephone to check last minute availability or have a query answered.

+44 (0) 1681 700755 (Landline) or +44 (0) 7809 136694 (Mobile)

Alternatively, click the button below to use our contact form.

Book online now by clicking the button below

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If you’re enquiring within 1 hour of departure, or would rather speak to a member of staff, please telephone to check last minute availability or have a query answered.
Alternatively, click the button below to use our contact form.

The images below are the latest from our Instagram page.

Look out for this month’s @scottishfieldmag, which features a cracking photo of Iolaire of Iona by @samhess_photo!
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology
#fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave

Look out for this month’s @scottishfieldmag, which features a cracking photo of Iolaire of Iona by @samhess_photo! . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology #fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave

Well behaved dogs have always been welcome on the boat. Here’s ‘Gina’, who visited Staffa with her humans today.
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Pic by our crewman, GB (@iloveiona_gb)
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #dog #dogsofinstagram @dogsonholiday #dogfriendly @adidas @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland

Well behaved dogs have always been welcome on the boat. Here’s ‘Gina’, who visited Staffa with her humans today. . Pic by our crewman, GB (@iloveiona_gb) . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #dog #dogsofinstagram @dogsonholiday #dogfriendly @adidas @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland

Puffins, Staffa, July 2019.
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Pic by our crewman, GB (@iloveiona_gb)
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Puffins, Staffa, July 2019. . Pic by our crewman, GB (@iloveiona_gb) . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Passenger @m.ollybecker captured this cool slo-mo of an incoming Puffin at Staffa. We thought it was too good not to share. Enjoy!
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Passenger @m.ollybecker captured this cool slo-mo of an incoming Puffin at Staffa. We thought it was too good not to share. Enjoy! . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Here’s another great pic of Iolaire off Fingal’s Cave.
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Pic by former crewman, Finlay (@finmacdonald)
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#rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology #fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland

Here’s another great pic of Iolaire off Fingal’s Cave. . Pic by former crewman, Finlay (@finmacdonald) . #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology #fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland

The journey to Staffa today was bumpy and splashy, on account of a fresh northerly breeze. Conditions at Fingal’s Cave however were absolutely perfect!
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Pic by former crewman, Finlay (@finmacdonald )
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology
#fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave

The journey to Staffa today was bumpy and splashy, on account of a fresh northerly breeze. Conditions at Fingal’s Cave however were absolutely perfect! . Pic by former crewman, Finlay (@finmacdonald ) . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology #fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave

Very little swell at Staffa meant we nosed the boat into the mouth of Fingal’s Cave this afternoon. A very low tide reveals the wine-red seaweed which grows there.
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Pic by our crewman, GB (@iloveiona_gb)
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology
#fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave

Very little swell at Staffa meant we nosed the boat into the mouth of Fingal’s Cave this afternoon. A very low tide reveals the wine-red seaweed which grows there. . Pic by our crewman, GB (@iloveiona_gb) . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology #fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave

Bottlenose Dolphins at Staffa this afternoon. The little orange tender is from @themajesticline’s ‘Glen Tarsan’. We really hope the man with the camera had his finger on the shutter release!
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Pic by our crewman, GB (@iloveiona_gb)
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #nature #wildlife #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology
#fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave #dolphin #dolphins #cetaceans @hwdt_org

Bottlenose Dolphins at Staffa this afternoon. The little orange tender is from @themajesticline’s ‘Glen Tarsan’. We really hope the man with the camera had his finger on the shutter release! . Pic by our crewman, GB (@iloveiona_gb) . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #nature #wildlife #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology #fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave #dolphin #dolphins #cetaceans @hwdt_org

There’s something unusual about this puffin. Can you see what it is?
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Pic by our crewman, GB (@iloveiona_gb)
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland

#puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

There’s something unusual about this puffin. Can you see what it is? . Pic by our crewman, GB (@iloveiona_gb) . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Nice sighting of a Minke Whale off Iona this afternoon – our first of the year. We were travelling in opposite directions and kept our distance, but you get the idea!
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Pic by our crewman, GB (@iloveiona_gb)
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #whale #minkewhale @hwdt_org

Nice sighting of a Minke Whale off Iona this afternoon – our first of the year. We were travelling in opposite directions and kept our distance, but you get the idea! . Pic by our crewman, GB (@iloveiona_gb) . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback #abplace2b @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland @nationaltrustforscotland #whale #minkewhale @hwdt_org

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Staffa Trips
Torassa
Isle of Iona
Argyll
PA76 6SP
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