The pink-hued Ross of Mull granite has been shaped by glaciers and eroded over time to create this distinctive landscape, set alongside miles of startling white shell sands and turquoise seas
The flat tidal beaches, iris beds and sandy grasslands are a haven for wading birds; look out for oystercatchers, redshank, lapwing, ringed plover in the breeding season, while curlew, whimbrel, golden plover and turnstones appear during the passage and winter. In the summer months the elusive corncrake has been heard and seen. Near the shores of Fidden Beach can be seen the tidal island of Erraid, a location for the novel “kidnapped” by Robert Louis Stevenson, with its row of lighthouse keepers cottages and gardens. See our article 'Stories from the Stones - Discovering a History of Erraid'.
Loch Poit na h-I, Pot of Iona is a small, pretty, fresh water loch which was reputedly used as a fishpond in the 9th century by the monks on Iona. The native brown trout share the loch with many bird species including several varieties of wildlfowl and whooper swans in the winter. Otters have also been spotted several times recently.
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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