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.
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.
We’ll do our best to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.
GeologyStaffa 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.
SeabirdsThe 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.
Marine LifeThe 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.
Our BoatStaffa 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: £35 Adult, £17.50 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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ENTRY TO FINGAL’S CAVE
Winter storms have caused damage to the walkway at the entrance to Fingal's Cave. The National Trust for Scotland are currently looking at ways to make a repair but, at present, the timescale for this is unclear. The causeway and pier remain accessible in good weather and views from the Iolaire remain unchanged. Whilst you can still walk along to the cave, entrance is prohibited.
Read the press release from the National Trust for Scotland here.
We will update this notice as soon as we know more of the NTS’s plans.
Full day tour from Oban
Our full day tour from Oban lasts almost 12 hours and includes escorted travel to, and across, the Island of Mull, a trip to Staffa and free time on Iona to explore the island.
If time permits, we aim to include several photo stops during the bus journey, giving passengers a short time at each point to snap the sweeping panoramic landscape.
The maximum group size (for everything except the crossing to Staffa) is 8 people, plus your guide.
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 £70, Child (5-15) £35. We regret that this tour is not suitable for Under 5’s.
More information about the full day tour is available here.
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