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Today, we departed Craignure on Isle of Mull and drove to Fionnphort then ferry to Iona. On Iona we viisted the famous Abbey and other sites then returned by ferry to Mull where we undertook an anti-clockwise tour taking in Eas Fors Waterfall and Calgary Bay.

The Highland Clearances took place between, 1750-1850 when the old Scottish clan land system was disbanded and thousands of Highlanders were ejected from their homes to make way for large-scale sheep farming. Many of the dispossessed emigrated to Canada, United States and Australasia. Badbea, on the east coast of Caithness is a ruined village which allows the public to connect with the infamous period of the clearances.

The Roman remains at Dunning represent the northern rampart of a fortified marching (short-term) camp which was enclosed within a shallow ditch and palisade constructed by Roman troops.The site probably dates from the Flavian campaigns of the AD 80s and as such may be contemporary with the Inchtuthil site. This location is a candidate for the site of the famous battle of Mons Graupius in AD 83 or AD 84.