Open Map
Close Map
Projections and Nav Modes
  • Normal View
  • Fisheye View
  • Architectural View
  • Stereographic View
  • Little Planet View
  • Panini View
Click and Drag / QTVR mode
Share this panorama
For Non-Commercial Use Only
This panorama can be embedded into a non-commercial site at no charge. Read more
Do you agree to the Terms & Conditions?
For commercial use, contact us
Embed this Panorama
For Non-Commercial Use Only
For commercial use, contact us


Inside Fingal's Cave, Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland

Inside Fingal's Cave, a stunning geological formation on the small Hebridean island of Staffa, to the west of the Isle of Mull on Scotland's Atlantic coast. Staffa is uninhabited and a national nature reserve, but a regular stream of pleasure boats carry visitors to the island to see the cave.

With distictive hexagonal basalt columns, Fingal's Cave and the cliffs around it resemble the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. Indeed both sites are named due to the legend that they formed each of end of a causeway linking Antrim to Argyll. In myth Finn McCool (Fionn mac Cumhaill) built the causeway, which was later ripped up, leaving only these remnants. Lava flows and geology are far less compelling than romantic myth, it seems.

The German composer Felix Mendelssohn was amongst the many people to have been inspired and awed by the cave, featuring it in his Hebrides Overture. It's also been referenced by everyone from Jules Verne to Pink Floyd since it was popularised by the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks in 1772.

View More »

Copyright: Joby Catto
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11024x5512
Taken: 03/05/2022
Uploaded: 21/05/2022


Tags: cave; sea cave; coast; geology; shore; sightseeing
More About Scotland

It looks like you’re creating an order.
If you have any questions before you checkout, just let us know at and we’ll get right back to you.