Scotland Trip – Hot hot hot at Fingal’s cave


Next stop on our all day boat trip: Fingal’s cave at Staffa Island. Another item on my bucket list. Check!

scotland, staffa islandscotland staffa islandAccording to Wikipedia, Fingal’s Cave is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns within a Paleocene lava flow, similar in structure to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and those of nearby Ulva. In all these cases, cooling on the upper and lower surfaces of the solidified lava resulted in contraction and fracturing, starting in a blocky tetragonal pattern and transitioning to a regular hexagonal fracture pattern with fractures perpendicular to the cooling surfaces. As cooling continued these cracks gradually extended toward the centre of the flow, forming the long hexagonal columns we see in the wave-eroded cross-section today.

 

 

 

 

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scotland staffa island fingal's cave

Fingal’s cave

Or in short…. beautiful and special.

Much smaller and busier here than on Lunga. And by now it is quite warm, with the sun reflecting on the black surface. What a joke, it is warmer and drier here now in Scotland than it is back home in Belgium. I already left half of my clothing at the boat and still I am too hot. My face is even taken by the sun. Incredible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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cooling down

I could have done with a bit more time here to truly enjoy it. Guess I can’t have it all… or I will need to come back again, which is an appealing alternative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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