Tobermory waterfront - Mull's capital These waterfront houses are featured on many a calendar This and the following page show something of the variety of interest that one of the largest west coast Scottish islands has to offer. Its size is partly psychological, the long arms extending westwards require drivers to retrace their journey on each peninsular, making the distances covered disproportionately long; and those distances are along single track roads which I find delightful, but some find frustrating. The landscape of Mull is (of course!) spectacular with the highest hill, Ben More, reaching 3,169 feet (966m). And the western seaboard a network of beautiful sea lochs. The fauna, flora and geology of the island are reserved for the next Picture Posting page. This page offers photographs of the general landscape, and the human contributions to it. The photos are mostly 45 years old - and gently fading. The curved line of the Tobermory waterfront, with its row of... ...exotically colourful buildings, leads the eye out, across the Sound of Mull, towards the Ardnamuchan peninsular Iona, an islet off the south-western tip of Mull, became the home to a monastery in 563. A Benedictine abbey was constructed on the site of the monastery in about 1203, and this became St Mary's cathedral in 1499. George MacLeod started its famed ecumenical Christian community in 1938 A slightly washed out Cathedral (- aged Kodachrome).
And an appropriately pastel sea, by Iona
The Nun's Cave is on the south coast of Mull, the carvings on its walls, mostly of Christian symbols, date from the 6th to the 19th centuries
Below, the crannog (artificial islet) on Loch Ba - one of seven on Mull
The Trieshnish Isles lie south west of Calgary Bay, in north-west Mull, this is Bac Mor known as the Dutchman's Cap for its curious shape
And these are the rightly famous sands of Calgary Bay, the sheltered waters offering safe swimming while open to the Atlantic Ocean
Mull has its fair share of castles, six are easily identifiable and accessible - externally at least. This is Duart Castle (probably built in the 1200s) and home to the clan Maclean for 700 years
And here is a nineteenth century Scots Baronial style house known as Glengorm Castle, not far from Tobermory
But, for architectural surprise, can Kilmore Church built in 1755, be beaten; its Irish style 'Pencil Tower' about to ascend to heaven
Maybe less comfortable accommodation, but more 'castlesque' are the ruins of Aros Castle overlooking the Sound of Mull
Also in the north west of the island is Langamull Beach, with its waters of tropical clarity
Rocks lie close to many of Mull's shores...
...free wheeling yachts must know their charts
These last photos offer a medley from various parts of the island, showing the lightness of the human touch with which Mull is clothed
Out of the holiday season...
...the unfenced single track roads are a delight
The still light of dusk engulfing a loch while high above a just discernible...
...Ben More shyly appears
The Ardeanach Peninsular
A house in need of a suitable landscape...
...a suitable landscape
The next page of this section has more from Mull - this time its 'life' in a very broad sense of the word.
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