Fingal's Cave (fĭngˈgəl, fĭnˈ–), cavern, 227 ft (69 m) long, celebrated for its unusual beauty, on Staffa island, one of the Inner Hebrides, W Scotland. The entrance is an archway supported by basaltic columns 20 to 40 ft (6.1–12.2 m) high. The cave is inundated by the sea. Felix Mendelssohn composed an overture called The Hebrides or Fingal's Cave.
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a grotto on the southwestern shore of Staffa Island in the Hebrides, in Great Britain. Fingal’s Cave is approximately 70 m long and up to 14 m wide, with elevations ranging to 30 m; the bottom is covered with water. The cave was formed by the action of the sea on basalts, which have the shape of polyhedral vertical columns. The acoustics of the cave are unique. Fingal’s Cave is a tourist site.
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