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Mull, the Treshnish Isles & Staffa

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May 2006

Anna and I left Edinburgh early in the morning to catch the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Oban to Criagnure.  We planned to have breakfast on board before driving north to Salen and leaving our gear at the Bed & Breakfast we had booked for the weekend.

That afternoon we climbed Ben More.  The ‘big mountain’ of Mull is the only island Munro outside of Skye.  The route we took started by a great waterfall to climb several ridges before a final scramble to the summit.  We were lucky enough to see one of Mull’s famous sea eagles flying high above us at the col between Beinn Fhada and A’Chioch.

View north-west to the isle of Eorsa in Loch na Keal

On Saturday we took a boat trip with Turus Mara on the Island Lass to Lunga (largest of the Treshnish Isles) and Staffa.  This was a great day out with the highlight being the puffins and other sea birds on Lunga.  We took a large number of photographs on both islands.

One of many puffins on Lunga



Dun Cruit - 'Harp Rock'


The Great Face of Staffa showing the Boat Cave

Am Buachaille

Looking out from inside Fingal's Cave

That evening we enjoyed a great meal at Mediterranea – Mull’s own Italian restaurant.  It is run by a very friendly Italian lady who has come to Mull from Sicily via Edinburgh.  Her Mum does the cooking.

We spent Sunday at Burg on the Ardmeanach peninsula near an area known as 'The Wilderness'.  MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree is close by but we only went as far as the old Broch close to Burg Farm with a memorial to a young drowned girl built on it.

We caught the 17:00 ferry back to Oban and had dinner at Ferryman's of Connel pub before heading back to Edinburgh.