Isle of Staffa


Introducing Staffa

Staffa is an uninhabited island in the Inner Hebrides, just west of Mull. I had been keen to go there for a while and photograph their puffin colony.


Getting To Staffa

That is a real adventure, driving to Oban in time for breakfast at the Calmac Ferry Terminal. Then clutching a collection of tickets, purchased with one package price from Staffa Tours off on the first part of the journey with a ferry from Oban to Mull. Arriving at Craignure on Mull it was time to board a coach to get across the island to Fionnphort. From there we transferred onto a boat to travel to Staffa.


Fingal’s Cave

Composer Felix Mendelssohn visited Fingal’s Cave in 1829 and wrote an overture, The Hebrides, after being inspired by the caves.

Puffins on Staffa

The best time to see puffins is during their breeding season between the start of May and start of August. Just climb to the top of the cliffs and if the birds aren’t already there just wait. They fly in and get closer and closer.

Definitely worth having a long lens to get some close ups without disturbing the birds. Here are some of my photographs of the beautiful puffins on Staffa.

Visiting Staffa

This trip is a great adventure and also includes a stop on the way back at Iona, but that’s for another article. If you love the combination of landscapes and nature for photography then you’ll love this trip.

Just a word of warning, if the seas is too rough at Staffa then sadly the boat won't land, as it is not safe to do so. This makes the trip understandably risky, as you may not get to see the puffins.

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Leaving Staffa

As the boat takes you away from Staffa, look back for one last view of Fingal’s Cave.


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