Staffa Trips

Visit Staffa, Fingal's Cave and Iona

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We are now taking bookings for the 2019 season!

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.

In the Spring of 2019, Staffa Trips will change hands. Davie & Carol Kirkpatrick, who’ve owned and operated Iolaire of Iona for the last 27 years, have decided to retire. They are delighted that Graham Tindal, a native of Iona who’s skippered boats to Staffa for many years, and his wife Sara, will take over the business and continue to operate the boat from here. Regrettably, we won’t be offering a full day tour from Oban in 2019. Aside from this, Graham and Sara intend to keep things very much as they are at present.
All of the contact details here will put you in touch with the new owners.

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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.

We’ll do our best to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.

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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, July 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.
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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 between 2017 and 2018 caused damage to the walkway at the entrance to Fingal's Cave. The National Trust for Scotland tried to make a repair in 2018 but this was unsuccessful. The timescale for a further attempt 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.

The images below are the latest from our Instagram page.

Thanks to all of you who came to Staffa with us in 2018, and to those of you who appreciated our pics – here and on other platforms. We wish you all a great 2019! Here are your most-liked pics from the past year! #2018bestnine #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Thanks to all of you who came to Staffa with us in 2018, and to those of you who appreciated our pics – here and on other platforms. We wish you all a great 2019! Here are your most-liked pics from the past year! #2018bestnine #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

The end of September is when we start to see Grey Seal pups being born on Staffa. This one, photographed yesterday, was probably born a few hours earlier. Look closely and you’ll see a little blood remaining on its coat. Lying on a boulder-strewn beach, (not normally reached by humans), it’s not that easy to spot! #seal #greyseal #atlanticgreyseal #pup #greysealpup #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland

The end of September is when we start to see Grey Seal pups being born on Staffa. This one, photographed yesterday, was probably born a few hours earlier. Look closely and you’ll see a little blood remaining on its coat. Lying on a boulder-strewn beach, (not normally reached by humans), it’s not that easy to spot! #seal #greyseal #atlanticgreyseal #pup #greysealpup #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland

Have you ever noticed the flag that flies from the stern of the Iolaire? It’s the Red Ensign – the flag of the Merchant Navy of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Since the year 2000, Merchant Navy Day on September the 3rd, has honoured the brave men and women who served on merchant ships during both World Wars.
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#ensign #redensign #flag #merchantnavy #iolaire #iolaireofiona #merchantnavyday #flag #flagstaff #flagpole

Have you ever noticed the flag that flies from the stern of the Iolaire? It’s the Red Ensign – the flag of the Merchant Navy of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Since the year 2000, Merchant Navy Day on September the 3rd, has honoured the brave men and women who served on merchant ships during both World Wars. . . . #ensign #redensign #flag #merchantnavy #iolaire #iolaireofiona #merchantnavyday #flag #flagstaff #flagpole

Annabel and her family visited Staffa with us a few weeks ago. We love this pic she got just after we dropped them back in Fionnphort. Thanks for letting us share it @weddingsbyannabel!
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland

Annabel and her family visited Staffa with us a few weeks ago. We love this pic she got just after we dropped them back in Fionnphort. Thanks for letting us share it @weddingsbyannabel! . . . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll @argyllandbute #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland

Efforts to repair the path at the entrance to Fingal’s Cave are ongoing. We’re helping where possible, transporting tools, materials and workers to and from the island. Here we see concrete stacked up near the Clamshell Cave – safely out of reach of the tide and swell. Photo by our crewman, GB.
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology #fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave

Efforts to repair the path at the entrance to Fingal’s Cave are ongoing. We’re helping where possible, transporting tools, materials and workers to and from the island. Here we see concrete stacked up near the Clamshell Cave – safely out of reach of the tide and swell. Photo by our crewman, GB. . . . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology #fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave

This Great Skua came by the boat this afternoon as we gutted some freshly caught mackerel. We don’t normally get this close to them and, given their nasty reputation, we’re quite glad about that. Photo by our crewman, GB.
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #skua #greatskua #bonxie #stercorariusskua #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

This Great Skua came by the boat this afternoon as we gutted some freshly caught mackerel. We don’t normally get this close to them and, given their nasty reputation, we’re quite glad about that. Photo by our crewman, GB. . . . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #skua #greatskua #bonxie #stercorariusskua #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Rowing out to the Iolaire on a glassy sea under a clear bright sky. (A throwback to one of the sort of days we dream of – which have been in short supply of late!). Photo by our crewman, GB.
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #boat #woodenboat #woodenboats #nofilter

Rowing out to the Iolaire on a glassy sea under a clear bright sky. (A throwback to one of the sort of days we dream of – which have been in short supply of late!). Photo by our crewman, GB. . . . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #boat #woodenboat #woodenboats #nofilter

A fairly heavy swell made the journey to and from Staffa a bit on the lumpy side today, but it was great to see some blue skies after several grey days. Photo by our crewman, GB.
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology
#fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave

A fairly heavy swell made the journey to and from Staffa a bit on the lumpy side today, but it was great to see some blue skies after several grey days. Photo by our crewman, GB. . . . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #rocks #basalt #columns #columnar #geology #petrology #fingal #fingals #cave #fingalscave

Iolaire of Iona returning from her morning trip to Staffa last Friday. Staffa is the low, dark, island in the top left corner of the picture. Photo by our crewman, GB, taken from @calmacferries ‘MV Loch Buie’.
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland

Iolaire of Iona returning from her morning trip to Staffa last Friday. Staffa is the low, dark, island in the top left corner of the picture. Photo by our crewman, GB, taken from @calmacferries ‘MV Loch Buie’. . . . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland

Puffin, Staffa, August 1st. Our feathered friends will leave any day now. Happily, there were plenty to see today, despite the horizontal afternoon rain (which you can see if you look closely!). Photo by our crewman, GB.
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#staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Puffin, Staffa, August 1st. Our feathered friends will leave any day now. Happily, there were plenty to see today, despite the horizontal afternoon rain (which you can see if you look closely!). Photo by our crewman, GB. . . . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

Just hanging in the breeze. Photo by our crewman, GB.
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Just hanging in the breeze. Photo by our crewman, GB. . . . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull @visitmullandiona #argyll #argyllbeback @wildaboutargyll #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit @visitscotland #scotlandisnow #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments @calmacferries #instascotland #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

This puffin, and all its puffin pals, will be departing Staffa soon. You don’t have long to catch them! Photo by our crewman, GB.
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This puffin, and all its puffin pals, will be departing Staffa soon. You don’t have long to catch them! Photo by our crewman, GB. . . . #staffa #iona #fionnphort #mull #argyll #argyllbeback #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #iolaire #iolaireofiona #calmacmoments #visitscotland #instascotland #puffin #puffins #macareux #macareuxmoine #papageitaucher #pulcinella #pulcinelladimare #frailecillo #frailecillocomún #papegaaiduiker #lunnefågel #birds #birdsofinstagram #nature #wildlife

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Staffa Trips
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