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 during a period of volcanic activity 59 million years ago.

Puffins can be seen ashore in season as well as shags, oystercatchers and black guillemots. We often see guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes, shearwaters gannets, great skuas and other birds from the boat.

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

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

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

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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NEW: Full day tour from Oban

Your guide will meet you in Oban and escort you aboard the 07:30 CalMac ferry to Mull. The crossing takes around 45 minutes during which time you can make use of the ship’s facilities which include a café and open decks where you can enjoy the passing scenery.

Once on Mull, you’ll commence the one hour drive to Fionnphort with our guide pointing out things of interest along the way.

We’ll depart from Fionnphort at 10:00 for the three hour round trip to Staffa.

When we return from Staffa, you’ll be landed at Iona and have the opportunity to do as you please for over three hours*. This could include a visit to the world-famous Abbey, a walk to some of the best beaches, getting some lunch or visiting the various small shops.

Your guide will meet you again at a pre-determined point and escort you aboard the Iona-Fionnphort ferry for the return journey to Oban, arriving at 19:10*.

If time permits, we aim to offer several photo stops giving passengers a short time to snap the sweeping panoramic landscape.

The bus runs from Tuesday-Saturday. There is no service on a Sunday, and Monday is by request only. Please contact us for details.

Adult £60, Child (5-15) £30. We regret that this tour is not suitable for Under 5’s.

More information about the full day tour is available
here.

*Please Note: From 9th September 2017, time allowed on Iona will be shorter at approximately 2 hours and we'll return to Oban at 17:55. This is due to a reduced service on CalMac's Oban-Craignure route.

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The images below are the latest from our Instagram page.

Can you picture yourself standing here, above the Great Face of Staffa? #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #visitscotland #instascotland #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology #cliffs #headforheights

Can you picture yourself standing here, above the Great Face of Staffa? #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #visitscotland #instascotland #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology #cliffs #headforheights

Now that the Puffins have left for the season, you'll find you have more time to look out for the other birds which visit Staffa. This wee Twite was spotted at the ruins in the centre of the island. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #visitscotland #instascotland #twite #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Now that the Puffins have left for the season, you'll find you have more time to look out for the other birds which visit Staffa. This wee Twite was spotted at the ruins in the centre of the island. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #visitscotland #instascotland #twite #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Big sky, Staffa. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments

Big sky, Staffa. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments

The west side of Staffa from above MacKinnon's Cave. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology

The west side of Staffa from above MacKinnon's Cave. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology

Puffins are great but Fingal's Cave will always be the main attraction. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology

Puffins are great but Fingal's Cave will always be the main attraction. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology

Big waves, Staffa, July 2017. A still image from a video. The cliffs here are at least 30m high. Needlessly to say, we didn't land on this trip! #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolareofiona #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology

Big waves, Staffa, July 2017. A still image from a video. The cliffs here are at least 30m high. Needlessly to say, we didn't land on this trip! #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolareofiona #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology

Staffa looking spectacular in bright sun and with a big swell, July 2017. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology

Staffa looking spectacular in bright sun and with a big swell, July 2017. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology

Look at me! Puffin, Staffa, July 2017. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Look at me! Puffin, Staffa, July 2017. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

It was blustery on the cliffs of Staffa today. Feathers were being ruffled! #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

It was blustery on the cliffs of Staffa today. Feathers were being ruffled! #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Got that Friday feeling? This puffin does! Taken today at Staffa by our crewman, GB. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Got that Friday feeling? This puffin does! Taken today at Staffa by our crewman, GB. #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Dolphins off Staffa, July 2017. They are always a joy and our passengers & crew both enjoy seeing them – even those who've been at sea all of their adult lives! #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #nature #wildlife #dolphin #dolphins #cetaceans

Dolphins off Staffa, July 2017. They are always a joy and our passengers & crew both enjoy seeing them – even those who've been at sea all of their adult lives! #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #nature #wildlife #dolphin #dolphins #cetaceans

We have lots of pictures of dolphins and lots of pictures of puffins, but this is a first for us! #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlfe #dolphin #dolphins #cetaceans

We have lots of pictures of dolphins and lots of pictures of puffins, but this is a first for us! #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlfe #dolphin #dolphins #cetaceans

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Staffa Trips
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