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Facts of the Day:
Date: 16/July/2002
From: Strontian
Via: Lochaline
To: Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Miles: 115 (land) 2 (nautical)
Midges: 20 (Estimate)
Weather: Cloudy, some sunshine, some rain
Mood: Good

Picture of Loch Sunart in the morning This was the view over Loch Sunart in the morning, unfortunately the sunshine from the previous evening didn't stay. At least it was dry when I started to make my way to Lochaline to catch the ferry to Fishnish on the Isle of Mull.Picture of the ferryPicture of Tobermory I only had to wait for a few minutes until the ferry arrived for the 15 minutes crossing. Once on Mull I first drove to Tobermory to find a place to stay the night and to look around the harbour for a moment. Tobermory is probably one of the most picturesque fishing ports in the world with its brightly coloured houses along the harbour. Some fishermen were sorting their catch on the pier.

Picture of the coastlinePicture of a waterfall

Picture of the view westNext I decided to explore the northern part of Mull. The road from Tobermory out west leads through some dramatic landscape on a twisting single track road with a lot of sharp turns. I stopped in various places to take in the scenery and to have lunch on a bench overlooking the cliffs and the sea. I passed a very nice waterfall, unfortunately I can't show you the biggest part of it as it was impossible to photograph. I was only able to see it from above, but I estimate it went over 20 metres down a cliff (The next "step" after the one on the picture above right). The weather was dry for most of the time with the sun occasionally coming through the clouds.

Picture of Torosay CastlePicture of the gardenMy last stop for the day was Torosay Castle near Craignure. While I originally only had come to visit the garden, rain forced me to visit the house as well. The house mainly contains memorabilia and various collectibles of the owners, the Guthries. I must admit I wasn't overly impressed, but at least it helped to bridge the time until the rain stopped. The gardens are very nice though with various formal terraces and an avenue of Venetian statues. Walking around here was a huge contrast to the cliffs I had seen a few hours before...

Picture of the Harbour Guest HousePicture of Tobermory in the eveningI then returned to Tobermory, where I had booked a room in the Harbour Guest House on Main Street earlier during the day. Dinner was at the Mishnish (The yellow building in the picture on the right), probably the best known pub on the Isle of Mull.

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