Staffa Trips

Visit Staffa, Fingal's Cave and Iona

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Welcome to Staffa Trips! Three generations of the Kirkpatrick family have taken visitors to Staffa. 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.

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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 from volcanic activity 59 million years ago.

Puffins can be seen ashore in season and we often see guillemots, fulmars, great skuas, eider ducks, gannets, kittiwakes, black-backed gulls, great northern divers and razorbills from the boat.

If you’re lucky, you might see a passing whale, basking shark, porpoise, dolphin or otter!

The trip lasts approximately 3 hours and you can disembark at Fionnphort or Iona.

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 Juy 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.

Staffa Trips leave Iona and Fionnphort twice daily (1st April - 31st October) and we aim to give you at least 1 hour ashore.

Morning: Iona 09:45 Fionnphort (Mull) 10:00

Afternoon: Iona 13:45 Fionnphort (Mull) 14:00

Prices: £30 Adult, £15 Child (5-15). Under 5’s free.

Please note: All trips and landings are subject to suitable weather and sea conditions.

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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.
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The images below are the latest from our Instagram page.

Tying up at the end of the day. #iona #staffa #mull #staffatrips #boat #woodenboat  #sunset #argyll #argyllbeback

Tying up at the end of the day. #iona #staffa #mull #staffatrips #boat #woodenboat #sunset #argyll #argyllbeback

Bottlenose Dolphins in the Sound of Iona, March 2017. #iona #fionnphort #mull #hebrides #argyll #argyllbeback #scotspirit

Bottlenose Dolphins in the Sound of Iona, March 2017. #iona #fionnphort #mull #hebrides #argyll #argyllbeback #scotspirit

Dolphins in the Sound of Iona, March 2017. #iona #mull #argyll #hebrides #dolphins #bottlenosedolphins #cetaceans #scotland #scotspirit #argyllbeback

Dolphins in the Sound of Iona, March 2017. #iona #mull #argyll #hebrides #dolphins #bottlenosedolphins #cetaceans #scotland #scotspirit #argyllbeback

Iolaire of Iona in the Sound of Iona, March 2017. #iona #mull #argyll #scotland #boat #woodenboat #argyllbeback

Iolaire of Iona in the Sound of Iona, March 2017. #iona #mull #argyll #scotland #boat #woodenboat #argyllbeback

Dolphins in the Sound of Iona, March 2017. #iona #mull #argyll #hebrides #dolphins #bottlenosedolphins #jumping #cetaceans #scotland #scotspirit #argyllbeback

Dolphins in the Sound of Iona, March 2017. #iona #mull #argyll #hebrides #dolphins #bottlenosedolphins #jumping #cetaceans #scotland #scotspirit #argyllbeback

Fingal's Cave, Staffa. Another of passenger Frank's images. #staffa #iona #mull #fionnphort #scotland #scotspirit #basalt #rock #cave #seacave #staffatrips

Fingal's Cave, Staffa. Another of passenger Frank's images. #staffa #iona #mull #fionnphort #scotland #scotspirit #basalt #rock #cave #seacave #staffatrips

Seals on the rocks near Fionnphort. Photo by passenger Frank. #staffa #scotland  #iona #fionnphort #mull #scotspirit #seals #sunbathing #argyllbeback

Seals on the rocks near Fionnphort. Photo by passenger Frank. #staffa #scotland #iona #fionnphort #mull #scotspirit #seals #sunbathing #argyllbeback

Flowing water in Fingal's Cave. Photo by passenger Frank. #staffa #scotland  #iona #fionnphort #mull #scotspirit #fingalscave #sea #swell #argyllbeback

Flowing water in Fingal's Cave. Photo by passenger Frank. #staffa #scotland #iona #fionnphort #mull #scotspirit #fingalscave #sea #swell #argyllbeback

Basalt columns at Fingal's Cave, Staffa. Photo by passenger Frank. #staffa #scotland  #iona #fionnphort #mull #scotspirit #argyllbeback #basalt #volcanic #rock #cave #seacave

Basalt columns at Fingal's Cave, Staffa. Photo by passenger Frank. #staffa #scotland #iona #fionnphort #mull #scotspirit #argyllbeback #basalt #volcanic #rock #cave #seacave

Iolaire of Iona returning to the landing at Staffa. Photo by passenger Frank. #staffa #scotland  #iona #fionnphort #mull #scotspirit #boat #woodenboat #argyllbeback

Iolaire of Iona returning to the landing at Staffa. Photo by passenger Frank. #staffa #scotland #iona #fionnphort #mull #scotspirit #boat #woodenboat #argyllbeback

Young Bottlenose Dolphin, seen between Iona and Staffa. #Iona #Staffa #Mull #Hebrides #Bottlenose #Dolphin

Young Bottlenose Dolphin, seen between Iona and Staffa. #Iona #Staffa #Mull #Hebrides #Bottlenose #Dolphin

Heading for #Staffa, via Bull Hole. #Iona #Mull #Hebrides

Heading for #Staffa, via Bull Hole. #Iona #Mull #Hebrides

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Staffa Trips
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Isle of Iona
Argyll
PA76 6SJ
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