Tireragan - A Township on the Ross of Mull
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Even if the blog has ads, that is not a problem. Follow the road for 4 miles until you come to a closed gate. Park you car in the painted boxes besides the sheds on the left. Stout walking gear required. The crossing to the island is tidal so your maximum time on the island at large tides would be approximately on hour either side of low tide. You can ask John for advice on current conditions before setting off.
W hen you leave your car, go through the gate, passing the fields and farm steading on the right.
Tireragan - A Township on the Ross of Mull
Walk over the hill for a few hundred yards to the end of the tar road. Looking south you will find a distant, splendid, panoramic view of Jura with the isolated, desolate "Torran Rocks" in the foreground. Continue down the track to the silver strands of the Knockvologan beaches stretching out to the east and west below the machair. An ideal spot for a bit of unbathing!
Turn right and follow the beach west until you come to the sandy channel running north - south between mainland Mull and Erraid. Follow the channel on the Mull side to it's north end and cross over the wee stream at low tide to the North East point of Erraid. Constructed superbly of the grey Erraid granite the houses served as the landbase for the construction of "Dhu Heartach" lighthouse, built by Thomas Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson's father and completed in The quarry for the grey granite lies to the west above the houses.
The absolute symmetry of the joints and blocks of the buildings lay testament to the skill of the stonemasons at the time of construction.
The cottages became the lighthouse keepers family homes. R obert Louis Stevenson spent part of his childhood on Erraid, being a member of the great Stevenson Family, renowned for lighthouse engineering.
In Stevenson's "Kidnapped", the hero, David Balfour is shipwrecked and comes ashore on the south coast of Erraid at a sandy bay known as Balfour's Bay. O n the west side of the houses go through a gate and follow the grassy path up the slope and through the quarry. The path then forks. Take the left fork and the track rises quickly and steeply to the top of a hillock. Perched here is the renovated, now disused, signal station for the lighthouse.
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The views from here are breathtaking. To the north and west you will see Iona, the Abbey and the sound of Iona below. To the north east you see The Ross of Mull with Benmore in the distance. To the south, the "Torran Rocks". From here on a clear day you can see the lighthouse some 12 miles to the south west, standing ft on an exposed reef 50ft high. Return to your car by the way you came making sure you allowed enough time for the tides. All year: Seals, otters. Summer: Corncrake, lapwing, skylark. Passing: Hen harriers, merlin, peregrine, sanderling, sandpipers, ruff, godwits, shelduck, migrant waders.
Winter: Barnacle geese. Camas Tuath North Bay. A short walk across open moorland on the Ross of Mull to a narrow bay, a bonnie quiet spot with historic cottages. S map pathfinder Iona and Bunessan. Car required. Approximately yards before the Esso garage at Ardfenaig on the left hand side, there is a gate and track. This is your starting point. Stout footware is recommended. O n leaving the road, cross the footbridge and go through the gate and onto the track.
The track at first is hard with small stones as a base however it eventually narrows and becomes grassy. On either side of you are pleasant, rolling,grassy fields of Ardfenaig. At the end of this stretch, go through the gate. The track bears right across open moorland. The track and moorland become wet and muddy in the winter but generally dries out in the summer. T he old quarry workers houses overlooking the bay are now used as an adventure centre for young people.
The disused quarry is on the opposite side of the bay and can be reached by walking east along the shore and crossing at the head of the inlet then walking down the other side of the lagoon. From the old quarry above, the disused tramway leads down to a superb granite block pier where the granite was exported to Tiree and therafter to Skerryvore The granite here is not as pink as that of the Tormore quarry, and also has a coarser texture.
The granite was used to build Skerryvore Lighthouse which sits out in the Atlantic approx 30 miles west of The Ross of Mull, pounded by the severest storms since C amus is a peaceful spot ideal for a picnic and on looking north you see panoramic views of North Mull, Ulva, Little Colonsay.
If you are quiet on arrival you may see seals and otters playing in the bay. You return home the same way as you came. As you retrace your steps along the path on the open moor approximately halfway along there is a large open ditch running north. Follow the ditch crossing the peat moor heading north for a few hundred yards.
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T his walking is rugged and wet with no defined track, watch out for the peat bog! Ahead of you is a hillock , follow the bottom of the hillock north until you see a small burn and follow this down a gentle slope until you see the short machair grass and two wonderful sandy beaches ahead of you. T raigh na Margaidh Market Bay is one of a very few sand beaches on the north coast of the Ross. However, it is one of the most scenic and secluded sands on the Ross with magnificent views to Staffa and North Mull. The Royal Family used to picnic here and perhaps "skinny dip" when they were cruising the western isles on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
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Return the way you came to the track , turn right onto it, and trace your steps back to the main road. Eagles, buzzards, kestrels, seals, otters, red deer, hen harrier, peregrine, merlin, merganser and eider ducks. A day out exploring the southern cost of the Ross of Mull. Grand clifftop views, remote beaches, and an abandoned highland township. OS Pathfinder , and , Car required. An all day excursion, 9 miles in distance including return. The starting point lies 2 miles south of the village of Bunessan on the Ross of Mull. From Seaview travel eastwards along the A On leaving Bunessan take the sharp bend at the east end of the village and drive up the hill.
At the hills crest, turn right at the sign for Assapol and Scoor. Travel along the tar road past Loch Assapol. Open and go through the gate onto a reasonable dirt track road. Follow the road up the hill and park at the side of the road opposite Kilvickeon cemetery. This is lying in the fields to the right west below you. F rom your car turn west off the main dirt track and walk down the small track to the bottom of the 1st little slope. Turn right through the gate, across the field to Kilvickeon church and cemetary.