Thursday, 7 May 2015

Mull Holiday: Treshnish Point

The weather was looking pretty decent for today, so we had a look through the Cicerone guide for a good walk. The two favourite options were Calgary bay and Treshnish point. The book said that Treshnish was one of the best walks on Mull, so we went with that.

Circular walk around Treshnish Point

We parked in an old quarry along the road between Dervaig and the Ulva ferry. It’s a circular walk down to the sea, along the coast and around back again. The first leg took us through Treshnish farm which is big on wildlife-friendly farming and ecology. They run holiday cottages, one of which was a close runner up when we were looking for places to stay. We found it at the end of the farm track with stunning views out over the sea. If the flat we were staying in wasn’t so comfy, we’d have regretted not renting the Treshnish cottage.

The second part of the walk was along the cliffs. The sun had fully come out by then and we had amazing views over Coll, the Treshnish Isles, Staffa, Iona and Ulva. I really think the view of those islands is the highlight of Mull, especially if you can also see Ben More. We bumbled along the cliffs, taking in the view, looking through the binoculars and had a bit of food. We’d also spotted some wheatears that a sign at the farm had pictures of.

View of Ulva and Ben More

The path eventually turned away from the sea at a ruined chapel and up back into the hills. It went past some abandoned settlements which had apparently been taken over by cuckoos. Finally, we traipsed through a bog full of pied flycatchers and back along the road, back to the car.

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