Fingal's Cave



The most magnificent of all known caverns, is that called Fingal's

Cave, in the Isle of Staffa, on the western coast of Scotland. Its

length is 370 feet; and the height at the entrance of the cave is 117

feet.



Thousands of majestic columns of basalts support a lofty roof, under

which the sea rolls its waves, while the vastness of the entrance

allows the light of day to penetrate the various recesses of the cave.



The mind, says Mr. Pennant, can hardly form an idea more magnificent

than such a space, supported on each side by ranges of columns, and

roofed by the bottom of those which have been broken off in order to

form it, between the angles of which a yellow stalagmatic matter has

exuded, which serves to define the angles precisely, and, at the same

time, vary the color with a great deal of elegance. To render it still

more agreeable, the whole is lighted from without, so that the

farthest extremity is very plainly seen; and the air within, being

agitated by the flux and reflux of the tides is perfectly wholesome,

and free from the damp vapors with which caverns generally abound.





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