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Swim Fingal’s Cave
Ready to swim Fingal’s Cave? A swim of giant proportions!
The Isle of Staffa is steeped in Hebridean history and folklore. Once visited by the famous naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, Queen Victoria and Felix Mendelssohn, the latter took his inspiration when composing ‘Hebrides Overture‘.
A story not quite as well known, is the legend of Fingal the Scottish giant! A pesky giant of the Hebrides, he engaged in some banter with his Irish counterpart Finn McColl. Staffa has the same geological rock as the Giant's Causeway and it is said that this hexagonal rock is the remains of the causeway built by the giants to battle each other! It’s even said that a giant still lives in the cave, capturing unwitting travelers and keeping them in hanging bottles at the rear of the cave. We haven’t seen any yet, but we always keep our wits about us!
Stories aside, the basalt columns and 60m long chasm which forms the cave is a stunning piece of nature and is regularly on wonders of the world and bucket list blogs. Visiting the island and cave on a tourist boat is a great thing to do, but we like to do things differently!
The main Fingal’s cave, along with all the smaller caves around the island provide amazing opportunities to see the geology and spectacle of the location at sea level. Either by snorkel or by swimming, you can see an entirely different perspective. Floating in the mouth of the cave, it’s stunning to look straight up the basalt pillars and rock formations then dip your head under water and see the colonies of marine life. Some of the offshoot caves have smoothed rock faces and geology that has to be seen to be believed.
Another way we like to explore the area is via kayak. Deploying from our large RIBs you can easily paddle around the cave to marvel at the spectacle from water level without getting too wet!
We usually visit Fingal’s Cave during our multi-day tours of the Hebrides, however we organise specific swimming tours here as part of a larger itinerary. Staffa is exposed to the Atlantic weather so even in calm periods you can still have a big swell, so to guarantee a swim you need to spend a few days in the area to catch a weather window. The cave is around 2-3 hours by our fast boats to reach from Oban; when based on Coll it’s only around 30-45min away.
Click here for more images of this stunning location!Contact us
- Knowledgeable guides
- In-water swim/snorkel guide
- Hot Drinks and home baking on board after your swim
- Amazing wildlife, scenery and culture
- Onboard binoculars, books and information guides
- Bespoke swimming itinerary (options include remote beaches, swim with seals, Corryvreckan)
What's Not Included
- Equipment Hire - see here for information.
- Weather or wildlife guarantees!
- Lunch - please bring your lunch with you.
- Accommodation can be arranged for multi-day itineraries
- Transport to Oban or Mull - see this link to travel to Oban. For international clients or groups we can arrange buses from Edinburgh or Glasgow.