Day 119 Rest Day on Mull

Sunday 2 August 2015

Circular sightseeing drive

Craignure bunkhouse

The bunkhouse was quite nice and I had no desire to head off in the rain so I decided to stay another day and make the most of the relative comfort. 

The bunkhouse was quite near to Duart Castle, the seat of the Clan Maclean who once ruled over Mull, Jura, Islay and part of Argyll, so I thought I’d take a look. The two old ladies staying in the bunkhouse were also heading there so I gave them a lift and ended up walking around with them. It is a well positioned castle, right on the NE corner of Mull where the Sound of Mull meets the inner seas off the West Coast of Scotland. It is almost opposite Oban. On a good day (which unsurprisingly this was not) you could see for miles and have a commanding view of all the sea traffic. Apparently this was a stopping point for ships travelling between Ireland and Norway.  

The views from Duart Castle across the Sound of Mull, up Loch Linnhe and across the Firth of Lorn towards Oban
 The castle was interesting to look around and then I was treated to two coffees in the cafe where I listened to Jean and Rosemary’s stories for over 2 hours. They had both worked in social care in Glasgow and so were better versed in the world of prison and drugs than me. It was fascinating.  

Approaching Duart Castle (the island of Lismore in the background)
 In the afternoon I drove them off the main road a bit and we went down to Lochbuie for a look.  

Loch Buie with grey sand on its shoreline
 There was a small post office on the shore which operates on a help yourself basis with an honesty box. Jean and Rosemary had another coffee while I walked along the shore in the rain, just as far as Moy Castle.  

The Old Post Office at Lochbuie
  
Moy Castle on the edge of Loch Buie
 
It had been a chilled day and I had enjoyed the company. In the evening I went to the pub next door for some food and a pint. It was still raining on and off. 

One thought on “Day 119 Rest Day on Mull

  1. chris frazer August 18, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    Lovely people attract lovely people simple……what did the dear ladies make of you I ask?????
    On on Airperson Blackadder……..you now need a dog (with a lead…..not bailer twine)

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