Fingals Cave, Staffa, Scotland
Columns of Basalt Photograph by Jim Richardson Towering in close symmetry, these basalt columns near Fingal’s Cave form the base of the Scottish island of Staffa. The columns formed when cooling lava flows met bedrock and the region’s cold weather. The island contains three main caves.
The way along the cliff to Fingal's Cave on the uninhabited Isle of Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. Similar formations are found at the Giant's Causeway in Ireland. According to the legend, the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Fingal) built the causeway to walk from Ireland to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart Benandonner.