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Old 09 October 2007, 17:44   #1
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fingals cave

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has anyone been to fingals cave?

Any advice welcome.

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No but I would love to.

Look it up on youtube - quite a few videos posted so you know what to expect.

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...&search=Search

http://seakayakphoto.blogspot.com/20...ve-staffa.html

http://www.gla.ac.uk/medicalgenetics..._treshnish.htm

If they can do it by caboe you should be ok - they have a shallower draft though!!!

Good luck and loads of photos please.........
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Yes .. Staffa is quite fascinating, the rock structure is quite something to see, I was a kid when I was there many moons ago, we landed against a small pier a bit away from the cave... which was easier said than done, as there was quite a swell on at the time I remember, and we heaved up and down a fair bit.. short walk to the cave, and as you enter on the RHS, there was a walk way inside it with a metal balustrade to let you walk right inside. This rock structure can be seen as far south as Ailsa Craig on its south side in Scotland, but Staffa has the most striking example of it IMO
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Old 10 October 2007, 14:07   #4
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Its on Boatlaunch

A lesser known feature of Boatlaunch is Great Days Out.

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and you will get the general idea. If anyone on Rib.net wants to add an entry of their own or amend the few that are currently on the site please feel free to do so.
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Amazing place, I attach a photo.
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Old 11 October 2007, 15:46   #6
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Cool link & photo

Fingal's Cave ...the name itself promises mystery

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yus. az lejend wud av itt a owld wich yewse too liv ther butt wen de fkin cowncil taks wennt upp shee moovid too britany

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If you get the chance seek this out and listen to it

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrides_Overture



Sorry this should take you to it

http://www.musikethos.org/wiki/me.ph.../DanieleGiorgi

scroll down two or three and you'll see it
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Cool link also

When jw gets back from his jaunt to the Outer Hebrides he will enjoy this thread.

Nice one Bigmuz7

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went there as a kid also - is one of my must have to go back to places!

only difference now is that iam fat and drunk!
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which slip to use

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Been thinking about this been a place to go for a while, but not taken rib on holiday in Scotland are there plenty of slips to use to get to Staffa,would you go to mull or launch from the mainland, would like to be a trip of max 20 miles
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I visited Staffa and Fingals cave a few years ago. In my case it was by yacht though. We motored over from an small anchorage on Mull almost due north of Staffa on a glassy calm morning.

The anchorage is pretty much unprotected at Staffa and I recall (because poor weather was meant to be imminent) we decided not to drop a hook. (Not sure but it might be quite deep - check). Landing to the rocky 'quay' will be ok in a rib.

We jumped into an inflatable tender and rowed into the cave. IT was ok for water but even flat calm (it had been F6 the day before) there was a gentle 2' swell in the entrance. As we left around 10-10:30am all the tourist boats started arriving. So my advice is to get there early, it's quite magical when deserted. Not quite the same when 30 odd people walk round the corner.

(Afterwards we sailed through the Sound of Iona, across the south side of Mull and back to nr Oban in a rising northwesterly gale and sheeting rain. Strange as it may seem, it rated as one of the most memorable days sailing I've had. Quicker by RIB though! I have to say, the west coast and islands is one of the best areas anywhere.)
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Any trip from the mainland to Staffa still involves a fairly lengthy trip in exposed sea. Going from Kilchoan on Ardnamurchan is probably the shortest but involves a long drive to get there. Shortest trip by far is to take the ferry to Mull and launch from Fionnphort.

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how far

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How far is the open water run?

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When jw gets back from his jaunt to the Outer Hebrides he will enjoy this thread.

Nice one Bigmuz7

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Just home....Not been to Staffa in a rib but paddled there from Mull. As Bigmuz says, a bit swelly at the landing place and quite a surge into the cave. We landed at a rocky, bouldery beach but I don't remember it being suitable for a rib unless someone stays afloat and the others jump for it.

As Richard said, the anchorage looked a bit deep but folk use it so it must be okay.
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So whilst we are talking about Fingals Cave. Anyone know the why its called that ?
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Basically it's due to Mendelsson - he got the name from a poem translated by James Macpherson from ancient irish or Scottish texts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Macpherson

I think it was Mendlesson though who first used the name applied to the actual cave.
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Just home....Not been to Staffa in a rib but paddled there from Mull.
Welcome back! (There has been a postal strike in these here parts btw )

Look forward to seeing some more shots of these beautiful parts of the Isles

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Been twice both times by yacht, first time anchord off and went ashore by dinghy. It was quite a tricky landing and retrieving over a 100ft of chain to leave was far tooo much exertion for one day. The second time we left some one onboard and just drifted, the rest went straight into the cave by dinghy so should be able to take a RIB straight in as if I remember correctly (it was 17 years ago) there is plenty of room.
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