Connel Bridge, Dunollie Castle, Oban, Tobermory, Island of Staffa, Fingal’s Cave, Iona Abbey
Connel Bridge, north of Oban. Below the bridge race the Falls of Lorn; because of the rocks here, the tide flowing into Loch Linnhe creates a cataract several feet high. At flood tide, the waters flow back into Loch Etive.
Lying to the north of Oban, lies Dunollie Castle, the stronghold of the MacDougalls of Lorn. Parts of the castle date back to the 12th century and the walls are extremely thick, up to ten feet in places.
The town of Oban lies at the heart of Lorn, and is the focus for all activity on this stretch of coast. Fishing is still an important industry here, but tweed, glass, whisky and tourism are important to local prosperity also.
Travelling to Mull
Mull can be reached by a number of Ferry routes from the mainland but the most popular route is that of Oban to Tobermory.
The main town on the island of Mull; Tobermory. In 1588 a Spanish galleon was blown up and sank in the harbor; little of its treasure has been recovered.
Take the Fionnphort boat trip on the west coast of Mull to get to the Island of Staff and the famous Fingal’s Cave. On the boat trip you are likely to see wonderful things like dolphins, Minke Whales, Puffins and the occasional basking shark
Island of Staffa
Staffa gets its name from the Vikings, who called it ‘Pillar Island’ in remembrance of their own homes, which were made from vertically placed logs, similar to the huge basalt columns that make the island so distinctive. In the spring and summer months, Staffa is home to a wonderful array of birds, including puffins, guillemots and razorbills. During the winter months, the island is often tormented by a seething torrent of spray from the rampaging Atlantic Ocean. But this doesn’t deter the animals which frequent the island year round, the Golden Eagle, Red Deer, Hen Harrier, White-tailed Eagle and Otters.
Distinctive basaltic columns surround ‘Fingal’s Cave’ on the wonderful island of Staffa. In 1829 the composer Mendelssohn visited the cave and was inspired to write his Hebridean Overture, ‘Fingal’s Cave’.
In AD 563 Columba landed on Iona from Ireland to spread the Christian gospel. Here are buried forty eight kings of Scotland.