The deserted township of Knocknafenaig and the shell-sand beaches of Ardalanish and Uisken on the south coast are major attractions of the area. An abundance of plant and bird life can be encountered over a wide range of habitats - from the acidic peat mosses to the fragile sandy machair. The District of Uisken lies at the edge of where the predominant rock (shist) meets the granite which continues west to Fionnphort. Geologically important, it is the subject of continuing research and Ardalanish Bay is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The land was intensively cultivated throughouth the 18th and 19th centuries, initially under the 'runrig' system and later under the crofting system. In 1851, the census for the area showed a population of 241 in the crofting townships of Knocknafenaig, Am Fan, Ardachy and Ardalanish. Today the resident population numbers 15.
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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