Examples of unique industrial archaeology and deserted townships are apparent throughout the District of Creich. From all around the rocky coastline, the spectacular views include the islands of Iona, Staffa, Tiree, Coll, Ulva and the Treshnish Isles with the peaks of the Isle of Rum often clearly seen. The quarries at Torr Mor provided employment, supplementing crofting and fishing. The stone was used in many significant buildings and memorials worldwide including Blackfriars Bridge and Albert Memorial in London, the Eric Liddell Memorial in China and, of course, Iona Abbey. In 1779 Creich had a population of 12 men with 13 women and children but by 1841 this had grown to 282. In 1891 the population had fallen to 187 due to emigration and currently stands at 34 residents.
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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