Staffa Trips

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Visit Staffa with Staffa Trips

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.

GOOD NEWS! Access to Fingal’s Cave has been fully restored!

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-late October) and we aim to give you at least 1 hour ashore.

Covid-19 Information

We at Staffa Trips have been working hard behind the scenes for the past few weeks, putting new protocols in place to make sure that our trips are as safe as possible.

Visit Britain has created the “We're Good To Go” scheme – a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark – which signals that a business has followed government guidelines and has processes in place for appropriate cleanliness and social distancing.

We have followed all their recommendations, implemented new processes, and are pleased to display our “We're Good To Go” Badge.
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  • Find out more about what to expect
    Capacity – Our capacity will be reduced to allow customers more space on the boat to increase social distancing.

    Hand Sanitiser – This will be provided on all piers and customers must clean their hands when embarking and disembarking the boat. Crew members will also be provided with hand sanitiser and will use this frequently.

    Face Masks – Customers must bring face coverings. The crew have been provided with face masks and will wear them when helping you on and off the boat, and where social distancing is not possible. We ask that you social distance as much as possible but when not possible please use your face covering. We will also have a supply of disposable masks available if you happen to forget yours. We wont see you missing out!

    Cleaning – Although the boat is already cleaned to a high standard, we have replaced our cleaning products with appropriate AntiViral sprays and alcohol wipes. The boat will be cleaned before, during and after all trips.

    Please note: Social Distancing on Staffa is not always possible so we ask that you use you face coverings ashore - especially at the “pinch points” of the pier, the staircase and the causeway to the cave.

    We hope that this reassures you that we are working hard to ensure we are as safe as we can be and we look forward to seeing you!
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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.

We’ll do our best to make your trip as safe and 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.

Visit Staffa with Staffa Trips

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.

GOOD NEWS! Access to Fingal’s Cave has been fully restored!

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.

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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-late October) and we aim to give you at least 1 hour ashore.

Covid-19 Information

We at Staffa Trips have been working hard behind the scenes for the past few weeks, putting new protocols in place to make sure that our trips are as safe as possible.

Visit Britain has created the “We're Good To Go” scheme – a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark – which signals that a business has followed government guidelines and has processes in place for appropriate cleanliness and social distancing.

We have followed all their recommendations, implemented new processes, and are pleased to display our “We're Good To Go” Badge.

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  • More about what to expect
    Capacity – Our capacity will be reduced to allow customers more space on the boat to increase social distancing.

    Hand Sanitiser – This will be provided on all piers and customers must clean their hands when embarking and disembarking the boat. Crew members will also be provided with hand sanitiser and will use this frequently.

    Face Masks – Customers must bring face coverings. The crew have been provided with face masks and will wear them when helping you on and off the boat, and where social distancing is not possible. We ask that you social distance as much as possible but when not possible please use your face covering. We will also have a supply of disposable masks available if you happen to forget yours. We wont see you missing out!

    Cleaning – Although the boat is already cleaned to a high standard, we have replaced our cleaning products with appropriate AntiViral sprays and alcohol wipes. The boat will be cleaned before, during and after all trips.

    Please note: Social Distancing on Staffa is not always possible so we ask that you use you face coverings ashore - especially at the “pinch points” of the pier, the staircase and the causeway to the cave.

    We hope that this reassures you that we are working hard to ensure we are as safe as we can be and we look forward to seeing you!
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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.

We’ll do our best to make your trip as safe and 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.

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

book now

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.

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Staffa Trips
Torassa
Isle of Iona
Argyll
PA76 6SP
Telephone
+44 (0) 1681 700755
Mobile
+44 (0) 7809 136694
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