Ancient History

Eachdraidh Àrsaidh

From the last great ice age,12,000 years ago, until around 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, the human population of the Ross of Mull comprised of very small or family groups, subsisting mainly from hunting and eating shellfish on the coastal areas.  There are numerous caves around the shorelines which reveal evidence of human habitation, from prehistoric times until the middle of the 20th century. Read the news article on Scoor Cave here>.

Many flint artefacts have been found from the Neolithic period (read our news article on the Ardtun arrowhead) and there are burial grounds and standing stones near Bunessan and Creich.  Small artificial islands called Crannogs can be identified in Loch Assapol near Bunessan and Loch Poit na h-I (known locally as Loch Pottie) near Fionnphort. Duns, and Iron Age Forts are scattered over the Ross, the best example being Dun a Gheard by Kilvickeon.

Read a personal account of the history of Erraid by Judy Gibson  ... 'Stories from the Stones - Discovering a history of Erraid' here>

Standing stone Achaban House Fionnphort
Cave carvings Scoor
Baptist Cave Ross of Mull: John Clare
Viking Fort Kilpatrick: John Clare
Standing Stone near Loch Pottie: John Clare
the Father, son and holy ghost Braigh Creich

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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Ross of Mull Historical Centre
Millbrae Cottage
Isle of Mull
Argyll PA67 6DG

By Phone: 01681 700659
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Opening Times

Reopening 1st April 2024

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm


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