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.

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.

9. Hot rock

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.
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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.

10. The tide uncovers

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.
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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.

11. Timeline of an island

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.
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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.

12. How they used to live

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.
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