Today was magic. We had a dream combination of no wind, sunshine, blue skies and low volume of tourists.

After breakfast we drove down to the picteresque and colourful harbour at Tobermory which was recently made famous by the BBC childrens’ TV programme ‘Balamory’.

Tobermory

 Close by is Tobermory Distillery plus the added dimension of on-going commercial fishing. A great spot to explore in the early morning. After completing our stroll around the harbour we proceeded as follows:

  • South towards Craignure but stopping en-route for images of (a) Highland Cows and (b) a boat ‘graveyard’ (my definition) close to the roadside which makes for a romantic picture in the morning sunshine.

Highland Cow

Boat Graveyard

  •  Next to Craignure for some coffee and then on to our key target of Duart Castle, home to the Chief of Clan MacLean.

Duart Castle

  •  Here we ex[plored this privately owned and heavily restored castle which oozes history over a long time span dating back to the 13th century. The location offers superb views over the local seascape which includes the southern tip of Loch Linnhe. The vista was enhanced by a lock of sheep around the castle and sailing boats on the sea.

Loch Linnhe

  • Our next target was the iconic religious site of Iona. It was on this island that St. Columba arrived in the 6th century AD to introduce Christianity to Scotland. Today, there exists the remains of a ruined medieval Nunnery plus the Abbey which has been revitalised under the aegis of the ‘Iona Community’ and appears to be prospering under joint control with Historic Scotland. On Iona we enjoyed a light lunch outdoors  admiring thew views.

Iona Abbey

Inside Ionna Abbey

Iona Abbey

Refreshment on Iona

  • After completing our tour of the Abbey we strolled back to the ferry for return trip to Mull and then embarked on a return drive this time along the west cost of Mull which proved very pleasant in the afternoon sunshine. The single track road with poor surface provided and additional dimension to the trip which, overall, proved quite exhilarating.
  • We finally arrived back at our Tobermory hotel about 6.30pm after a very successful day immersed in a mixture of landscapes, colourful seascapes and history-and not forgetting the sheep and cattle. 
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