Top Two UK Volcanic Rock Formations

Have you traveled to see one of the incredible wonders of the world, such as the Egyptian Pyramids, the Great Wall of China or the Colosseum in Rome? Well here are the top two UK volcanic rock formations, regarded as two of the must-see fascinating and natural wonders of the world.

Staffa to the Giant's Causeway,northern ireland,top two UK volcanic rock formations
Staffa to the Giant’s Causeway ©MDHarding

Top Two UK Volcanic Rock Formations

Isle of Staffa, Scotland

The Isle of Staffa is 13 km from the Isle of Mull and part of the region of Argyll & Bute in Scotland. Only one of two places in the UK made of Balsam rock. The easiest way to reach the uninhabited island is by boat from Oban, where you can take the Three Isles Day Tour including Mull, Staffa and Iona. It’s a great day out!

Isle of Staffa,scotland,top two UK volcanic rock formations
Staffa ©MDHarding

Fingals Cave

On the island is Fingal’s cave, once said to have been inhabited by the Scot’s giant Fingal. Who would shout insults and abuse across at Finn McCool the Irish Giant that lived by the Giant’s Causeway. It has been said that both Staffa and the Giant’s Causeway were once connected by a bridge. It has been discovered that around 600 million years ago the same lava flow created both Staffa and the Giant’s Causeway, but I love the story about the giants more! Today Staffa is protected for its natural beauty and Fingal’s Cave known for its acoustic properties.

Inside Fingal's Cave,staffa,top two UK volcanic rock formations
Inside Fingal’s Cave ©MDHarding

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

It’s easy to reach the UNESCO world heritage site – Giant’s Causeway with public transport from Belfast. It can take up to 2 hours 30 minutes to get there, so be sure you have enough time to travel there, back and of course to enjoy the Giants Causeway. Don’t forget to look out for one of the unique species to the area such as the incredible orchids or birds. Are you arriving into Belfast by cruise ship? See if there is an organised tour available to save time and see more of the local area and beautiful coastal route.

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland,top two UK volcanic rock formations
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland ©MDHarding

Wishing Chair and More at the Giants Causeway

Did you know there is more myths and legends surrounding the Giants Causeway, including the Wishing Chair? Discover them on one of the pre-booked walking or audio tours from the visitor centre.

I hope you enjoyed reading and inspired to visit. Have you visited either Staffa or the Giants Causeway? What was your favourite discovery? Please comment/leave any questions below. Happy Travels:) x

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