Staffa in the Inner Hebrides

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.

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.

1. Enchanted island

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.

2. The most famous cave

It is most famous for Fingal's Cave on the south of the island, which has been completely uninhabited since the 1850s.
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It was 'discovered' by naturalist Sir Joseph Banks in 1772 who was " forced to acknowledge that this piece of architecture, formed by nature, far surpasses that of the Louvre (and) that of St. Peter at Rome."

3. An island 'discovered'

It was 'discovered' by naturalist Sir Joseph Banks in 1772 who was " forced to acknowledge that this piece of architecture, formed by nature, far surpasses that of the Louvre (and) that of St. Peter at Rome."
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As interest in Scotland as a tourist destination grew, Queen Victoria, artist JMW Turner and composer Felix Mendelssohn were among those drawn to Staffa.

4. The trendy tourist destination of the day

As interest in Scotland as a tourist destination grew, Queen Victoria, artist JMW Turner and composer Felix Mendelssohn were among those drawn to Staffa.
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