ROCK N' ROLL

Scottish Field - - LETTERS -

I've al­ways been fas­ci­nated by Staffa and Fin­gal's Cave, so it's lit­tle sur­prise that I en­joyed Sa­muel Hess's stun­ning pic­tures of the is­land in the Novem­ber is­sue of Scot­tish Field [Rock of Ages].

I wanted to put pen to pa­per to let you know that it wasn't just Men­dessohn who was fas­ci­nated and in­spired by the beauty of this place. A stream of fa­mous vis­i­tors in­clud­ing Sir Wal­ter Scott, John Keats, JMW Turner, Jules Verne, William Wordsworth, David

Liv­ing­stone and Robert Louis Steven­son headed out to its rocky shores. The is­land even got the royal treat­ment with a visit from Queen Vic­to­ria and Prince Al­bert in 1847, when they were rowed into Fin­gal's Cave on the royal barge.

I haven't been for­tu­nate enough to visit the is­land my­self yet, but after see­ing th­ese at­mo­spheric pho­to­graphs in Scot­tish Field a trip is near­ing the top of my bucket list.

E. Robert­son, Pit­lochry

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