The natural history of the Isle of Mull dates from the earliest geological period demonstrated by the Lewisian and Torridonian rocks which form the geological basement on Mull and Iona. Because of this, the rock formations and minerals on Mull and the adjacent islands draw geologists from all over the world.
The geology of the Ross of Mull shows a wide variety of rock types of many different ages. The western end of the Ross of Mull and Iona are the most diverse geologically with Moine schists and gneisses, Devonian granite and the Torridian sandstones and Lewisian rocks that largely make up Iona, the Lewisian gneisses being Britain’s oldest rocks.
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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