Faigh a-mach mun Ross
The Ross of Mull, An Ros Mhuileach, is the south-western peninsula of the Isle of Mull, the third largest island of the Hebrides of Scotland. The Ross of Mull is an area of outstanding beauty, approximately 20 miles long, stretching from the southern foot of Benmore at the tip of Loch Scridain to Fionnphort at the very tip. At the eastern end of the Ross are found the villages of Kinloch and Pennyghael with Bunessan a further nine miles along the one track road heading west to Fionnphort. Other settlements on roads branching off the main route include Uisken, Ardalanish, Ardfenaig, and Kintra.
The Ross of Mull is an area of fascinating geology and a haven for nature, but most of all, it is a landscape that is redolent of its history.
“Few parts of the Highlands contain so much physical evidence of the old way of life which was ended by famine, clearance and emigration – the numerous deserted townships, the old lazy beds, the tracks across the land” Professor Tom Devine
Numerous deserted townships scattered across the Ross are evocative reminders of once thriving communities. The prominent markings left by lazybeds on cultivated land graphically illustrates just how intensively the land was once used and populated.
The fascinating history of the Ross of Mull is well documented in the Ross of Mull Historical Centre which has displays, publications and an in-depth archive. Find out more about the Centre here>
The Ross of Mull is an extraordinary microcosm of all that draws visitors to the Hebridean Islands. The scenery, as you travel along the single-track road from the ferry at Craignure is breath-taking. You experience in the many walks in the area a true sense of wilderness; the secret bays with their beaches of silvery sand, the abundance of wildlife and the innumerable marks on the landscape of the lives of past generations and communities long gone. The Ross of Mull is a compelling place for anyone fascinated by history and the ancient way of life of the Gaelic people.
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