Small boat takes passengers to Staffa


The island with Fingal’s cave, inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Hebrides overture, also known as Fingal’s Cave. He wrote the first phrase of the piece in a letter to his sister Fanny, in which he said, “in order to make you understand how extraordinarily the Hebrides affected me, I send you the following, which came into my head there.” The Hebrides is the name for the whole area of islands off the west coast of Scotland, referred to also as the Inner Hebrides, which includes Iona, and the Outer Hebrides, even harder to get to!
We will probably not go there; I’ve been twice, and walking the edge of cliff path gives me slight vertigo. Maybe save it for next year, if we come back!

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