An amazing cave with columns and a voult so beautiful that seems a cathedral.
Fingal's Cave is located on the island of Staffa, which is part of the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. This cave as the two connected are part of a nature reserve to the National Nature Reserve of the National Trust for Scotland. What's so special these caves? Are constructions made entirely of hexagonal basalt pillars.
The volcanic origin
Behind this original formations there must be a lava flow occurred 60 million years ago that began to cool in these hexagonal patterns that, starting from the surface, were extended in depth forming the columns.
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How to reach the cave
By sea you can get close to the cave entrance with small local ferries, between April and September. The island of Mull the small port of Fionnphort, at the western end of the island, is the starting point of some small motorboat to the island of Staffa. Once on the island on foot you can walk along the coast right on the broken columns outcropping just above sea level, so you can enter the cave and admire the vault.
The cave’s features
Its size, the arched ceiling and the mysterious sounds produced by the echo of the waves, make it seem the natural formation of a cathedral. The Gaelic name of the cave is Uamh-Binn, "Melody of the cave." The naturalist Joseph Banks discovered Fingal’s Cave in 1772.
The Inner Hebrides and the Isle of Staffa
The archipelago that includes the island of Staffa is composed of 35 inhabited islands and 44 uninhabited islands. The breathtaking scenery and variety of flora and fauna have inspired musicians, writers and artists: from Felix Mendelssohn to the Pink Floyd.
Giant's Causeway in Ireland
The phenomenon is already known in Northern Ireland, at the Giant's Causeway, the Giant's Causeway, a natural rocky outcrop about 3 km north of the town of Bushmills in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Here 40,000 basalt columns also crop up to 12 meters high. The most famous and accepted legend concerned the giant Finn McCool, who would build a paved walking from Ireland to Scotland to fight another giant, Angus.
Also this Icelandic waterfall, located in the Skaftafell National Park, is made up from hexagonal basalt columns of volcanic origin. The waterfall is within walking distance in about 45 minutes, along a path leading from the park camping.
Very strange, but also very beautiful! It is amazing what Mother Nature is able to create! Have you ever been there? Have you seen other amazing nature's creations around the world? As always I wait for your comments below!