Friday, 24 June 2011

Mull, part 2

Traigh Ghael was very midgy in the morning. I still regularly make the mistake of trying to drink my coffee through my head net. It's an old habit I haven't managed to shake off.
We had a grand day in store and the weather was being good to us. The Ross of Mull beckoned- red granite, white beaches and turquoise seas. It didn't disappoint.

We stopped off at Erraid, to climb up to the observatory there. It's home to an offshoot of the Findhorn Community, but I'd wanted to visit it because of its connections to "Kidnapped", and the great lighthouses of Dubh Artach and Skerryvore.

There is a very convenient shop and pub at Fionnphort, where the Iona ferry lands.

We stopped for lunch, but refreshments were restrained. Our next stop was to be about 14km away, at Staffa. With mostly open sea ahead, fluid balance had to be carefully judged.
The first puffins of the trip brightened up the long haul ahead. We arrived at Staffa in the company of several tourist boats and yachts.

Fingal's cave had surging waves, but the two adjacent, though more protected by breaking seas, were calm within.

After a short break ashore we headed next to Ulva, looking for a campsite. We were rewarded with an idyllic evening on Traigh Bhan.

We opened the bar,

and settled down to a lovely evening. Another big day, well rewarded.

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