Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Famous for it’s natural acoustics. Fingal’s Cave is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns within a Paleocene lava flow.
Became known as Fingal’s Cave after an epic poem by 18th-century poet James Macpherson. Romantic era composer Felix Mendelssohn wrote an overture, The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave Overture), inspired by wonderful echoes in the cave. 19th century Austro-Hungarian guitarist & composer Johann Kaspar Mertz included a piece titled Fingals-Höhle in a set of character pieces for guitar Bardenklänge. One of Pink Floyd early songs bears this location’s name. Alistair MacLean novel-based movie, When Eight Bells Toll starring Anthony Hopkins was filmed here.
Novelist Sir Walter Scott described Fingal’s Cave as “one of the most extraordinary places I ever beheld. It exceeded, in my mind, every description I had heard of it”.
An incredibly beautiful, inspiring place to visit…