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.
See also my post Ursula for an update on this boat.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
A4 ~ Watercolour sketch
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.
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