Staffa Trips take visitors to the Isle of Staffa twice a day from April to October aboard the Iolaire of Iona
We leave Iona at 09:45 and call at Fionnphort where we collect passengers embarking there. The boat departs again at 10:00 and sails to the Isle of Staffa. The trip lasts approx. 3 hours.
The Isle of Staffa - off the West Coast of Scotland - is a beautiful uninhabited island famous for its dramatic basalt columns, sea caves and bird life.
Over the years it has captivated thousands of people including Johnson and Boswell, Queen Victoria, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott, Jules Vern and Joseph Banks.
Fingal's Cave is always splendid and atmospheric with its basalt columns being formed during a period of volcanic activity 60 million years ago.
Puffins can be seen ashore from early May to early August as well as shags, oystercatchers and black guillemots. We often see guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes, shearwaters, gannets, great skuas and other birds from the boat. if you are lucky, you might see a passing otter, porpoise, dolphin, basking shark or whale!
It is a 45 minute journey to Staffa. When we arrive at the island we sail along the south coast, below the 'Great Face', pointing out the various caves and giving commentary on the geology and the history.
Assuming favourable weather conditions, we will land on the island around 11:00, giving at least an hour ashore, before picking you up for the return journey.
We expect to be back in Fionnphort by 13:00 and Iona shortly afterwards. Passengers can disembark at either Fionnphort or Iona.
The Iolaire of Iona takes visitors to the beautiful Isle of Staffa twice a day from 1st April to mid October. Visitors can be picked up from Iona or Fionnphort and will get to spend 1 hour ashore (weather permitting) to visit Fingals Cave and to see the Puffins.