Folklore Friday - Fingal's Cave
unbelievable formation is situated on the island of Staffa and is
surrounded by myth. With many theories as to how it came to be, many
think volcanic activity was responsible for this stunning cave, while
others are sure it was giants. Either way, this unique cave was
inspiration for a very famous poem by James MacPherson, as well as a
pointing by Turner.
poem speaks of a hero named Fingal, or Fionn mac Cumhaill. In Irish
and Gaelic mythology, Fingal was a courageous warrior who built a
causeway between Scotland and Northern Ireland. The columns on Staffa
are thought to be the remains of this connecting bridge, with was
made of the same basalt columns.
mac Cumhaill, sometimes transcribed in English as MacCool or MacCoul,
was a mythical hunter-warrior of Irish mythology. 'Fionn'
means blond, fair or bright. With a childhood name of Deimne, which
means 'sureness' or 'certainty'. It is said that
Fionn gained his name when his hair turned prematurely white.
geographical features are attributed to Fionn, one of which is the
giant's causeway. Theories
over whether Fingal was a real man, or a giant are common, and we
wonder, did he build the causeway to fight another giant, or to make
Mythology aside the column features of this incredible formation allow for amazing acoustics and sounds, which resonate through the walls. This resulted in it gaining the Gaelic name 'Uamh-Binn' which means 'The Cave of Melody'.
you'd like to take a look at the cave yourself, take a boat tour to
the Isle of Staffa during spring and early summer, when the cliffs
and grassy slopes provide nesting sites for various seabirds,