Fingal’s Cave, most famous of the sea caves in the basalt southwest coast of Staffa, an island of the Inner Hebrides, western Scotland. Estimates of its length vary between 227 feet (69 metres) and 270 feet (82 metres), and its arched roof is said to reach between 66 feet (20 metres) and 72 feet (22 metres) above sea level. It is about 40 feet (12 metres) wide. Its floor is cover by about 25 feet (7.6metres) of water.
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The cave is embed in symmetrical, hexagonally joint basalt columns that were form from lava flows by cooling and pressure. The cave’s arched roof lends it remarkable natural acoustics. That harmoniously echo the sound of the swelling ocean waves within it. Fingal’s Cave shares its geological origins with the Giant’s Causeway of Northern Ireland. To which it may have once been connect by the same massive lava flow.
Like the Causeway, its Celtic legendary origins are find by many in the exploits of Finn MacCumhaill (MacCool) of the Fenian cycle of Gaelic literature. After fingals cave being “rediscover” in 1772 by naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, the cave became a tourist magnet. Its famous visitors included Queen Victoria as well as the poets. William Wordsworth, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and John Keats, along with novelists Jules Verne and Sir Walter Scott. Painter J.M.W.
Turner rendered it on canvas, and German composer Felix Mendelssohn found in it the inspiration for his overt. What makes Fingal’s Cave so special is its size, fingals cave uniformity and. The fact that, due to a fluke of nature, there is a natural walkway which allows visitors to get right inside at low tide. It was the famous botanist, Joseph Banks, who, in 1772, first brought the feature to popular attention.
of the Ulva estate of the Clan MacQuarrie from an early date until 1777,the cave was brought to the attention of the English-speaking world by 18th-century naturalist Sir Joseph Banks in 1772. It became known as Fingal’s Cave after the eponymous hero of an epic poem by 18th century Scots poet-historian James Macpherson. It formed part of his Ossian cycle of poems claimed to have been based on old Scottish Gaelic poems. In Irish mythology, the hero Fingal is known as Fionn mac Cumhaill, and it is suggested that Macpherson rendered the name as Fingal (meaning “white stranger”through a misapprehension of the name which in old Gaelic would appear as Finn. The legend of the Giant’s Causeway has Fionn or Finn building the causeway between Ireland and Scotland.
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Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn visited in 1829 and wrote an overture, The Hebrides, Op. 26, (also known as Fingal’s Cave overture), inspired by the weird echoes in the cave. Mendelssohn’s overture popularized the cave as a tourist destination.
Other famous 19th-century visitors included author Jules Verne, who used it in his book Le Rayon Vert (The Green Ray), and mentions it in the novels Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Mysterious Island; poets William Wordsworth, John Keats, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson; and Romantic artist J. M. W. Turner, who painted Staffa, Fingal’s Cave in 1832.] Queen Victoria also made the trip. The 19th century Austro-Hungarian guitarist and composer Johann Kaspar Mertz included a piece entitled Fingals-Höhle in his set of character pieces for guitar Bardenklänge.