In the 1841 census, 115 people are recorded as living at Ardfenaig. Most of them were agricultural labourers or housemaids employed on the farm, but 19 were working at Camas, the quarry that supplied the stone used to build the Skerryvore Lighthouse, 12 miles south of Tiree. A few local people were employed in quarrying but the majority of them came from Aberdeenshire where they were already skilled in working with granite.
The beautiful sands of Market Bay, the landing point for cattle from westerly islands, lies on the north west coast. South of Loch Caol is a large area of Atlantic woodland with native broadleaf species. Ecologically important, it has been fenced off from deer and other grazing animals to allow for natural regeneration. The ruins of a dun at Torr a' Chaisteil, lie in the woods.
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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