The Isle of Mull~Enjoy

After our 45-minute crossing from Oban we re-boarded our bus which came over on the Ferry with us to make our way across the Island. Our driver set the ambiance by playing The Mull Of Kintyre made famous by Paul  McCartney .

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We set off to cross the Isle of Mull for we had a date with another ferry to take us to the Isle of Iona.

We set off to cross the Isle of Mull for we had a date with another ferry to take us to the Isle of Iona.

The countryside so unspoiled dotted around with a few sheep and cattle here and there

The countryside so unspoiled dotted around with a few sheep and cattle here and there

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It was on the waters edge where we saw a sea otter swimming before I could focus my camera it had dived.

It was on the waters edge where we saw a sea otter swimming before I could focus my camera it had dived.

Although the island coastline covers some 300 miles there are less than 3,000 people living on Mull, with the island’s capital town of Tobermory accounting for nearly 1,000 of those.

The capital is Tobermory, unfortunately our trip did not include this picturesque colourful place which is featured on the Children’s BBC.. in the fictitious Preschool TV programme of Balamory  A link of Tobermory can be found here with its colourful cottages in another short video.

This was Bunessan Primary School. Here they take pupils from Nursery School to the age of Eleven years old.

This was Bunessan Primary School. Here they take pupils from Nursery School to the age of Eleven years old.

We were curious about the schooling on the Isle of Mull. Our Driver guide told us that the Children go to school on the Island until they are 11 yrs old.. After that they have to travel to the mainland on Scotland. He said it is nothing for a child to be travelling 2 hours before starting school and 2 hours back.  Which made my own 5 mile journey from our small village when I was small seem nothing at all.

A small community on the edge of the shore line .

A small community on the edge of the shore line  which we approached via a small bridge. 

This was the local Bus which traveled from the ferry port throughout the island and back. We were on our own bus following it for a short while until it took a different route

This was the local Bus which traveled from the ferry port throughout the island and back. We were on our own bus following it for a short while until it took a different route

Inlets merging with the coastline. This stream ran under the bridge we just went over.

Inlets merging with the coastline. This stream ran under the bridge we just went over.

Travelling along the coastal road on the Island. It was along such a shallow place among the sea weed we saw our first Otter who was swimming along and they he dived from view.

Travelling along the coastal road on the Island. It was along such a shallow place among the sea weed we saw our first Otter who was swimming along and he dived from view.

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The star attractions with many who visit are the with Golden and White Tailed Eagles, dolphins and basking sharks, deer, otters and puffins among other bird wild life. We were hoping perhaps of a sighting of a Dolphin on our crossing, (I think they had all swam out to Ireland!) Big smiles Bela.   But we did spot a sea otter swimming close to the shore line among the sea weed before it dived out of view. Too quick for me and my camera. But it was a joy none the less.

These views just kept getting better and better as we travelled the length of Mull

These views just kept getting better and better as we travelled the length of Mull

This spectacular cliff overlooked the other side of the bay from where we were travelling on the Isle of Mull . No wonder this is whole area is a sanctuary to wild life.

This spectacular cliff overlooked the other side of the bay from where we were travelling on the Isle of Mull . No wonder this is whole area is a sanctuary to wild life. And why those eco tourists keep on coming. 

You can see a small community her on the Isle of Mull in the distance. Small cottages were scattered here and there along the coastal road we were following.

You can see a small community here on the Isle of Mull in the distance. Small cottages were scattered here and there along the coastal road we were following. Many stood isolated miles from others. I wish I had had more time to explore the Isle of Mull, but its memory will remain embedded deep within my heart 

 I hope you enjoyed the Isle of Mull as much as  I did.  

Enjoy your Weekend

~Sue~

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Ferry Crossing from Oban to the Isle of Mull

I hope you are all enjoying your week so far? Well here at last I have managed to find time in-between my catch ups here on WP and gardening, plus I started  a knitting project just before I went on holiday which I am now three quarters of the way to finishing.. My hands are rarely still smiles.. 

Ferry

This photo I did not take.. Photo credit is HERE and more about How one can get across to the Isle of mull and the Isle of Iona is found also at this site. Credit Source:http://www.welcometoiona.com/index.php?id=10

So I hope to tell you this journey in picture format.. So all aboard the Ferry as we set sail from the town of Oban  heading for the Isle of Mull and then later that day to travel to the Isle of Iona.. But today’s post is all about that Ferry ride and the Isle of Mull.

Oban shore line as we set sail on the Ferry. We went to the top deck to get the scenic views as it was such a wonderful morning

Oban shore line as we set sail on the Ferry. We went to the top deck to get the scenic views as it was such a wonderful morning. So stood in the fresh air with the wind in our faces 

The water was calm as it reflected the blue of the sky

The water was calm as it reflected the blue of the sky, and we could not have picked a better day for our trip to the Isle of Mull and Iona. 

Full Steam ahead as we look back to the mainland of Oban Scotland

Full Steam ahead as we look back to the mainland of Oban Scotland

Dunollie Castle is built on the headland at the entrance to Oban Bay. This castle is visible as you sail into or out of Oban Bay, and is shrouded in the trees

Dunollie Castle is built on the headland at the entrance to Oban Bay.
This castle is visible as you sail into or out of Oban Bay, and is shrouded in the trees

Castle Dunollie belonged the MacDougall clan. It was gifted to his Son Dugall when Somerled Lord of the Isle died in the year of  1164.  Its foundations are said to date back to the Iron Age.  Dugall became the first chief of one of the most ancient clans in Scotland. And this small castle is steeped in History more of which can be found at this Link  about the families  eventual down fall to the supremacy of Robert The Bruce. Better known perhaps as Braveheart..

 The History of Wallace and Robert the Bruce can be found at this Link    I hope those who are interested in Scottish History do follow the links, as it makes this journey even more interesting to see the places steeped in so much history. 

We travelled on and I was clicking away at everything that came into view  if you click each photo within the gallery you will find narrative below them. This Light house came into view next 

 

Eilean Musdile Light House bacomes visible as you cross from Oban to the Isle of Mull

Eilean Musdile Light House becomes visible as you cross from Oban to the Isle of Mull

This was another Castle which appeared on our left as we traveled to Mull

This was another Castle which appeared on our left as we traveled to Mull

Another Zoom shot.. This is Duart Castle.. more of which I will explain about the scaffolding below.

Another Zoom shot.. This is Duart Castle.. more of which I will explain about the scaffolding below.

 Duart Castle  greets you from the ferry when you sail out of Oban harbour.

When we sailed by we could see as we got closer that scaffolding now encircled this old Castle. I read up on returning home and because of the huge amounts of rain we had in 2013’14 the castle lost four ceilings due to water penetration through the chimneys. There is now an appeal on going for donations to help restore it.. This castle is still open and again more can be found at the link above. 

 The Isle of Mull is for next time.. Wishing you All a wonderful week

~Sue~  

 History Source Credits:

http://www.duartcastle.com/visit/duart-castle/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eilean_Musdile

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oban

http://www.dunollie.org/

http://www.dunollie.org/dunollie-castle-conservation/histor/

 

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