Ascent of Highpoint Isle of Staffa on 2019-08-12

Climber: David Parratt

Others in Party:Janis
Connor and Matt
Date:Monday, August 12, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Highpoint Isle of Staffa
    Elevation:138 ft / 42 m

Ascent Trip Report

We arrived at Glasgow airport on a family holiday early in the morning of Aug 11. After picking up the rental cars we headed to Oban to catch the ferry to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. On our way to Oban we stopped at Inveraray Castle home of the Duke of Argyll, head of Clan Campbell. It was a worthwhile stop. After arriving on Mull we drove across the Ross of Mull to the village of Fionnphort and our accommodation at the Seaview B&B. The next morning was overcast but calm and we broke the ferry to Iona and then the Iolaire of Iona for a trip to the Isle of Staffa. It rained intermittently while on Iona but the skies cleared as we headed across the open Atlantic to Staffa. Staffa is home to a colony of puffins but they had just left to spend the fall and winter out on the open Atlantic Ocean. Staffa has impressive cliffs, sea caves and many hexagonal basalt columns. We left the boat at the small wharf, walked to Fingal's Cave and then up to the grassy plateau on the north end of the island. A trig point is located at the high point of the island. This offered great views of Staffa and the surrounding Atlantic Ocean.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:138 ft / 42 m
    Trailhead:wharf Isle of Staffa  0 ft / 0 m
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear

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