Fingal's Cave

Fingal's Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, known for its natural acoustics. The National Trust for Scotland owns the cave as part of a national nature reserve. It became known as Fingal's Cave after the eponymous hero of an epic poem by 18th-century Scots poet-historian James Macpherson.

Fingal's Cave was originally part of the Ulva estate of the Clan MacQuarrie from an early date until 1777.[1] The cave was brought to the attention of the English-speaking world by 18th-century naturalist Sir Joseph Banks in 1772.[2][3]

It became known as Fingal's Cave after the eponymous hero of an epic poem by 18th century Scots poet-historian James Macpherson. It formed part of his Ossian cycle of poems claimed to have been based on old Scottish Gaelic poems. In Irish mythology, the hero Fingal is known as Fionn mac Cumhaill, and it is suggested that Macpherson rendered the name as Fingal (meaning "white stranger")[4] through a misunderstanding of the name which in old Gaelic would appear as "Finn".[5] The legend of the Giant's Causeway has Finn (or Fionn) building the causeway between Ireland and Scotland.[6]

^ Haswell-Smith (2004) p. 124 ^ "Show Caves of the World". Archived from the original on 25 May 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2006. ^ "Caves and Caving in the UK". Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 2 June 2006. ^ Behind the Name: View Name: Fingal ^ Notes to the first edition Archived 2013-10-16 at the Wayback Machine ^ Formation of basalt columns / pseudocrystals Archived 2007-11-07 at the Wayback Machine
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