5th June 2012 – Isle of Mull and Iona (part 1)

My long overdue week off work had finally arrived. It had been a long haul since my last break but at last I had a few days off with the family and some time to relax and unwind. The weather forecast for the Solway looked dreadful so I was determined to get away somewhere for a few days. I’ve always had a thing for ‘island’ holidays, mainly because we’ve had some terrific holidays in the past on the Isles of Scilly, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Lewis, Harris, Skye, Shetland, Yell and Unst, but the Isle of Mull is somewhere we’ve never managed to get to – until now that is. Every year we say we’re going to go but something always prevents us from going. Well this year I was determined to make it happen regardless, and my brother and nephew were keen to join us on the adventure too. As it was a short break and more of a family holiday rather than a full-on birding and wildlife break I wasn’t expecting to see everything the island has to offer, but nevertheless we managed to catch up with pretty much all the species I was hoping for. But first we had to get there, and that in itself was a pleasureable experience – the drive up through Callander, Crianlarich, Loch Awe and through to Oban takes you through some breathtaking scenery, and so far the weather was being kind to us. Soon we had checked in for our 45 minute sailing across to Craignure aboard MV Isle of Mull…

Around Oban Harbour and during the crossing a handful of Black Guillemots were seen…

Oban disappears behind us…

The sea was flat calm as we passed by some fantastic landmarks…

The lighthouse on the islet of Eilean Musdile, at the southwest end of the Isle of Lismore

Duart Castle at the east end of Mull

Once on Mull it wasn’t long before the wildlife and scenery was casting its spell…

The ‘main’ road from Craignure to Fionnphort takes you through Glen More…

Ben More

And alongside the southern shore of Loch Scridain…

And only a short distance away from Fionnphort this magnificent bird flew over the car…!

Time to head for our base for the 3 night stay – Fidden Farm Campsite, it has to be seen to be believed. Picture postcard perfect…

One of the beaches at the campsite with the tidal island of Erraid behind

 

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One Response to 5th June 2012 – Isle of Mull and Iona (part 1)

  1. Neil says:

    Nice shots mate, the beach looks carribean

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