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Swimming Fingals Cave

A popular tourist trip in the summer, even highlighted by recent travel magazine articles as a 'wonder of the world' but not many people have heard about swimming fingals cave! The Island of Staffa, the name coming from the norse word for pillar or stave ( relating to the basalt columns). As island to the west of Mull, south of the Treshnish Isles and north of Iona! An isolated island made famous for inspiring the Hebrides overture by Felix Mendelssohn. If you want to have a listen click here. The gaelic name also gives a clue to the famous sounds of water and rock, named¬†An Uaimh Bhinn(¬†the melodious cave)! Basically both sets of inspiration coming from the noise of the waves and water within the cave itself. The name Fingal's Cave is supposed to come from a variety of tales in which Scottish and Irish giants battle each other. The same rock formation is found at the giants causeway just over 70miles away in Northern Ireland! [caption id="attachment_718" align="aligncenter" width="300"]FIigals Cave, Staffa Fingals Cave[/caption] We enjoy visiting Staffa on our shark trips but when we have the right people and weather - taking a swimming fingals cave excursion is amazing!! We can also lead a kayaking excursion to the rear of the cave. You can even do all three!!!! Looking up from sea level, the pillars rise dramatically above you on the sides of the cave and on the the roof. ¬†Continuing into the water, the sea floor is a few metres underneath with walls plunging down covered in kelp on a stoney floor! We need good weather and low swell conditions to swim here but when it comes right, it's an amazing experience that not many can boast about! [caption id="attachment_1775" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]staffa, fingals cave, swim, swimming, diver, diver, Swimming Fingals Cave Swimming at Fingal's Cave![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1772" align="aligncenter" width="664"]Fingals Cave, Staffa, Swimming, Photography, Diver, Diver, Underwater, Swimming Fingals Cave Photographer in Fingals Cave[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2741" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Fingals Cave, Staffa, Basalt, Column, Mull, Hebrides, Scotland As interior view of Fingal's Cave[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2786" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Kayak, Fingal's Cave, Staffa, Basalt Kayak Fun in Fingal's Cave[/caption]    

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