Tobermory

Mull, Scotland.  Day 14 , 12th July.

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I didn’t have much time on Mull because I had to catch a ferry to Oban that afternoon.  I had hoped to go for a drive and a walk or two on the west coast but I had to get my laundry done and since that wasn’t a service offered where I was staying, I had to return to Tobermory.

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Fortunately, Tobermory is an attractive little town and even better, it was unusually foggy that morning.

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View of the main street and the wharf over on the left.

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From the wharf, here are lobster pots stacked up and the town in the mist in the background.

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A lone walker getting her early morning exercise.

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I would guess you would get this boat for a really good price if you could find the owner.

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No doubt a very picturesque town in fine weather and even better in the fog.

Dervaig and Croig

Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.  Day 13 to 14 , 11th to 12th July.

Dervaig

Dervaig

This is Dervaig, where I stayed for my one night on Mull.  I actually took this the next day on my way to Tobermory but it works better as an introductory shot.

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Dervaig

Dervaig

There has been a village here since about 1200 though the current one was laid out in 1799.  I had a good meal at this inn.  It dates from 1608 and the sign says “The oldest inn on Mull”.  There has been habitation around here for a long time though.  Nearby are some standing stones and the remains of an ancient fort.

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Dervaig

Dervaig

After a meal at the inn I took some shots of the sun slowly going down over the water.

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Dervaig

Dervaig

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Dervaig

Dervaig

Next morning I encountered this curious sight of sheep stranded by the tide.

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Dervaig

Dervaig

Actually, they weren’t really stranded and after they got bored with standing there for an hour or so, they made for the shore.

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Croig

Croig

The next day I had to do my laundry so while I’d hoped to go for a drive down the west coast of Mull, I had to make for Tobermory.  I still had a little time for exploring so I went off down the first side road I could find and found this ship.

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Croig

Croig

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Croig

Croig

Finally, a small boat near a wharf towards the end of the road.

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Tioram Castle

Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Scotland.  Day 13, 11th July.

Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

Castle Tiorem (pronounced “Cheerum”) is at the end of an obscure side road on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, south of Skye.  The last couple of kilometres are the sort of road you prefer not to encounter oncoming traffic on.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

The castle dates back to the thirteenth century though it has been extensively modified over the years, including the raising of the walls.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

This is the interior of the castle through a wire grill, the closest I could get.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

The castle was originally occupied by close relatives of the lord of the Isles.  In 1373, ownership of the castle by John MacDonald of Clanranald was confirmed by Robert II (of Scotland).

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

In 1554, the castle was attacked by the Crown (as ordered by the Regent, Mary of Guise) as part of a plan to bring the district of Lochaber under direct control.  The attack was beaten off.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

The Macdonalds backed the Royalists during the Civil War and yet at the end of it still retained possession of the castle.  However, in 1685 Allan of Moidart, 14th Chief of Clanranald decided to move to a less remote location.  After that the castle was little used.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

Fourteen English troops garrisoned the castle during the 1715 uprising.  Allan of Moidart recaptured it and then set fire to the castle so the English could not use it.  He then left for the Battle of Sheriffmuir, where he died.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

The castle at the moment is in something of a state of limbo.  Historic Scotland want to restore the castle and have it open to the public.  However it was purchased in 1998 with the intention of making it a private home.  Planning permission for this has been denied so it remains to see what will eventuate.

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Castle Tiorem

Castle Tioram

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Ardslignish

Ardslignish

This is a stretch of coast on the southern side of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, not far before the ferry to Mull at Kilochoan.

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View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

This and following images are on the coast of Mull, from the ferry.

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View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

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View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

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View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

View from Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry

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