14 pictures that tell the story of one of Scotland's most mysterious islands

It is a true wonder of Scotland found deep in the Inner Hebrides.

Staffa in the Inner Hebrides

Here we look at the story of Staffa, the lore, the legends and the unique environment that has drawn curious travellers for centuries.

Staffa in the Inner Hebrides, which sits around six miles north of Mull, has enchanted for thousands of years.

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It is most famous for Fingal's Cave on the south of the island, which has been completely uninhabited since the 1850s.
As interest in Scotland as a tourist destination grew, Queen Victoria, artist JMW Turner and composer Felix Mendelssohn were among those drawn to Staffa.
Mendelssohn was inspired to compose his Hebrides Overture after visiting Fingal's Cave, which is revered for its amazing acoustics.
Musicians have since returned to Staffa to perform the piece in the cave.
Visitors devoured the island's lore and legend, with claims Staffa was linked underwater to the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim. It is also said that it was thrown down as a stepping stone by an Irish giant.
Some also believed hell could be found below the island.
Staffas basalt columns were formed from molten lava. As the liquid rock cooled, it hardened, shrank and fractured into a series of stone pillars that vary in size given the rock cooled at different rates.
On the east coast is the rock islet of Am Buachaille - or 'The Herdsman - a pile of basalt columns which can be seen fully only at low tide.
Archaeologists from National Trust for Scotland have found that people were using Staffa up to 3,800 years ago with their research rewriting the history of the island.
It is now known that people farmed on Staffa with evidence of rig and furrows found. A burnt grain of hulled barley discovered on the island was dated to 1880-1700 BC.
Work by NTS and Glasgow School of Art is delving deeper into the history of Staffa, with this 3D visualisation used to find traces of human life on the island.
As archaeologists continue to work on Staffa, a fresh new picture of this stunning place emerges.