Fingal's Cave With Music On Visit To Island Of Staffa Inner Hebrides Scotland

Tour Scotland travel video, with Scottish music, of Fingal's Cave on ancestry visit to the Island Of Staffa, Inner Hebrides. Staffa lies about six miles west of the Isle of Mull. Fingal's Cave is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns within a Paleocene lava flow, similar in structure to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland and those of nearby Ulva. The cave has a large arched entrance and is filled by the sea. The Alistair MacLean novel-based movie, When Eight Bells Toll, starring Anthony Hopkins, was filmed here. The Vikings gave it this name as its columnar basalt reminded them of their houses, which were built from vertically placed tree logs. The island came to prominence in the late eighteenth century after a visit by Sir Joseph Banks. He and his fellow travellers extolled the natural beauty of the basalt columns in general and of the island's main sea cavern which Banks renamed Fingal's Cave. Their visit was followed by that of many other prominent personalities throughout the next two centuries, including Queen Victoria and Felix Mendelssohn. See the famous hexagonal rock columns, formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions. All photographs are copyright of Sandy Stevenson, Tour Scotland, and may not be used without permission.

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