J & I have driven up to Oban, on the west of Scotland. As it was a long drive for us, we had stopped to break the journey in Cumbria. Arriving in good time at Oban, for the ferry, we’re​ able to go shopping for vittles​. I’m looking forward to showing J the places I’ve been to before and exploring new places on the island.
The weather at the moment is sunshine and showers. As we cross the sea Duart Castle looks magnificent – brooding in the sunshine which is streaming through the clouds. A5 ~ Pencil sketch
The little studio flat that we are staying in is very pleasant and has everything we need.

Tobermory

After settling in, we head over to Tobermory to stretch our legs. I have walked from the harbour town before along the little path out to the lighthouse at Rubha nan Gall (translated as Bloody Bay!)
This is the tranquil (today) view towards Ardmore Point and Beinn nan Codhan. It feels great to be back here in the Hebrides. A5 watercolour with a pen.

A5 ~ Watercolour sketch of the ketch ‘Solais na Mara’ moored in Tobermory harbour.
See also my post Ursula for an update on this boat.
On our return to Tobermory, we walked out eastwards to Aros Park. This pencil sketch is looking out from the woods across Calve Island to the Morvern Peninsular behind ~ A5.

It’s been a day of sunshine & showers again today, but more dry than wet. So that’s good enough for me when you’re​ on holiday in Scotland ????

Carsaig to Malcolm’s Point

A sunny day, so we have decided to walk from Carsaig to Malcolm’s Point and the ‘Arches’. On the beautiful Ross of Mull. We stopped quickly at the shop for sun cream on the way. Not wanting to ruin the holiday by being burnt to a crisp.
It takes quite a long time to drive around to the ‘Ross’ and the little road down to Carsaig is rather adventurous. Being very steep and narrow and when at the bottom there are not many places to park either. But we managed it all and what a cracking spot when you get here. I have walked here before and knew J would love it too.

The walking is hard going over the rocky beach and little path, but the scenery is on a grand and spectacular scale. This sketch is from our lunchtime stop using a sketching pen with a watercolour wash looking towards Malcolm’s Point ~ A4
Also at our lunchtime stop is the ‘Nun’s Cave’. The cave is said to have been inhabited by Nuns which fled to it during the Reformation, from Iona Nunnery. The large cave has crosses carved onto its inner walls. It would have made a fine retreat.

Some wild goats with impressive horns were also on the path with us, though they quickly jumped away as we got closer.

We eventually reached the ‘Arches’, which are very impressive, with hexagonal Basalt columns, formed by lava flows. Unfortunately, by now we were running short on time, so I couldn’t do a sketch of them. However, on the way back we saw two Golden Eagles flying alongside Aoineath Mor cliff, being bombed by ravens. They are magnificent as they glide along and looking indignant about the ravens!
What a lovely walk on the wild and rugged Ross of Mull’s coastline.

Dun Ara

A walk to Dun Ara today, which is near Glengorin Castle.
Dun Ara is a small ruined castle/watchtower, with a very small harbour set below its cliff walls. It has a little path which leads up to its summit, where you can make out the ruined walls. It’s another impressive setting. Apparently,​ you can see out to Barra in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, but it was too hazy today.
A4 (in length) pencil sketch of Dun Ara set in its landscape.

Iona

Today we drove right to the end of the Ross of Mull to catch the ferry across to Iona (with coach loads of other people!)
Iona seems to have been full of chapels and holy places. There is certainly a feeling of peace to the island. The new restoration work to the Abbey is very impressive. I particularly liked the cloisters.
We had a late lunch sat outside (a bit chilly, but dry). Whilst eating I was sketching one of the two large, stone crosses outside the main doors of the Abbey.
A4 ~ watercolour

After we went for a short stroll west along the island, but I felt we needed longer to explore properly. Have to come back sometime, just to walk around the island.
On the drive back, we stopped at Bunessan for a cup of tea. Which we supped looking out at the tranquil Loch na Lathaich. The island of Eilean Ban is on the left and in the distance is Na Liathanaich Lighthouse, looking rather lonely. You couldn’t have a better spot for a refreshing brew and a sketch.
A4 ~ Watercolour
‘S Airde Beinn is an inactive, former volcano above Tobermory. It’s also, a great walk with a little steep accent and from ‘S Airde Beinn’s summit, you get great views across the Sound of Mull to Loch Sunart and beyond.
A4 ~ Watercolour sketch

Duart Castle

Our last day on the lovely Isle of Mull. Before catching the ferry back to the mainland we drove down to Duart Castle. The castle is in such a magnificent, commanding position, set on its rocky outcrop. Though inside, it seems smaller than you would expect. It’s made up of such massive walls that there is just less space!
Well worth a visit.
This sketch gives its brooding look, sat on its rocky plinth, guarding the Sound of Mull. I started the trip sketching Duart Castle and now I’m finishing with it too.
A4 ~ Pen.

You can check out some more Sketches on the Isle of Mull

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