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Fingal's Cave, Staffa, Scotland

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Known by the Celts in Gaelic as "An Uaimh Bhinn" meaning "Cave of Melody", Fingal's Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited isle of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Seventy-two feet tall, two-hundred-seventy feet deep, formed entirely from columns of basalt, as part of the same Paleocene lava flow as the Giant's Causeway in northern Ireland, its arched roof and formation give it the natural accoustics of a cathedral - hence its native name.
In Irish legend the Giant's Causeway & Fingal's Cave are the remains if a bridge built by the giant Fionn mac Cumhail (Finn MacCool).
Finn who stood 54 feet tall, lived on the Antrim coast in Northern Ireland with his wife Oonagh. He found that he had a rival in Scotland, a giant named Benandonner. They exchanged insults and mudslinging for some time, until Finn eventually decided to challenge Benandonner to a fight + built the causeway to Scotland so he wouldn't have to get his feet wet.
But Finn fell asleep before crossing + woke up to see Benandonner appearing on the horizon. Finn realized that the Scots giant was much bigger than he + ran home to his wife wondering what to do.
Oonagh cleverly disguised Finn as a baby + put him in a huge cradle. Benandonner assumed the sleeping baby to be Finn's child + thought if this is the size of the baby, the father must be enormous! So, he legged it back to Scotland , destroying the causeway as he went.
(There are variations to the legend, but the stories of giant hunter/warrior Finn MacCool and his followers , the Fianna, form the Fenian Cycle of Gaelic mythology, also occuring in the mythologies of Scotland + the Isle of Man.)
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Glad you like the post. I haven't been to Staffa myself, and would love to go some day. The closest I've been is on the western Scottish mainland, around Oban + the Kyles of Bute, where you can look across to the islands of the Inner Hebrides. Scotland has the most spectacular landscape - I would highly recommend visiting its untainted often haunting beauty to anyone.
BTW I've just posted an aerial shot of Staffa Island. ; )


This place is incredible!!! I can see how ancient people had to find an interesting explanation for this place. It doesn't look real!


Fascinating.......and Thank You. The photo is a Wonder of Nature!


Sorry I haven't the energy to do a puzzle with 50 pieces after just falling out of bed, but I was hoping that you had some info on this cave. Thanks so much for the tale!

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