Sunday, 14 April 2013

A-Z Challenge : M is for Mull - A Scottish Island

Join me on his journey  into  A SENSE OF PLACE where I will be:
  • Featuring places connected with my own family history
  • Highlighting places with happy memories
  • Shining the spotlight on place names that appeal
  • Linking my interests in history, travel and photography.
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Back to the Western Isles  of Scotland for this stage of our journey.

MULL   is the second largest island in  the inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland and a wonderful place for an "away from it all" holiday.   The Mull Anthem says it all:

'The Isle of Mull is of isles the fairest,
Of ocean's gems 'tis the first and rarest;
Green grassy island of sparkling fountains,
Of waving woods and high tow'ring mountains."
 

The "Cal Mac" ferry sailing between Oban on the mainland and Mull




One of the first sights on approaching Mull  by the the Ferry  - 13th century Duart Castle, ancestral home of the Clan McLean guarding  the entrance to the Sound of Mull. 



Some friendly greetings from local inhabitants !




 


We stayed at Fionnphort, the most westerly point on the island - a tiny village with some 70 residents. and gateway to the islands of Iona and Staffa.  THere is the  beach at Fionnphort on the west coast of Mull, looking across to Iona  - and yes, it really was this gorgeous a day!.

Froom Fionnphort, one day, we took the small boat trip out to Staffa. Besides going in the cave, we also climbed the rather precarious steps up to the top of the  island and saw Minke whales swimming.  


 
 
 
Legend has it that Fingal's Cave is the Scottish end of the Giant's Causeway, built by an Ulster giant in order to fight the Gaelic giant Fingal. It  reminded me so much of  Mendelssohn's 'Hebrides' overture ('Fingal's Cave') written after the composer's visit to Staffa and published in 1832.  Queen Victoria, the poet Tennyson and the painter Turner. all made their way there too.   

Did You Know? 
 
  • Calgary in Canada takes its name from Calgary on Mull.
  • Tobermory (the principal village) was the setting for the children's TV series "Balamory".  It  was built as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is   noted for its brightly painted buildings along the main street to the pier.


Two shop signs at Tobermory. 
 
 
 
 
 






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7 comments:

  1. I'm a member of the A-Z team just checking in. Glad to see that everything is going smoothly for you during the Challenge! :)

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  2. I didn't know Calgary was named after your Calgary. I have a cousin who lives there, Calgary, Canada.

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  3. Hi Sue,
    this isn't really the right place to post this, but I can't see how to contact you. I'm trying to trace a Royce Plyer who married in Fylde in 1944. That's about all I know. Please let me know if you can help in any way.
    Kind regards,
    Faisal.
    My email address is:
    gardener in the distance AT gmail.com (no spaces).

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  4. Hi Sue,
    this isn't really the right place to post this, but I can't see how to contact you. I'm trying to trace a Royce Plyer who married in Fylde in 1944. That's about all I know. Please let me know if you can help in any way.
    Kind regards,
    Faisal.
    My email address is:
    gardener in the distance AT gmail.com (no spaces).

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    1. Thank you for finding me through our Fylde connections. E-mail reply coming your way, though I am afraid I can give little help with your enquiry.

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  5. I've never seen anything quite like those hairy cows. I love how the local businesses capitalize on their unique appearance.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy, for all your comments on this challenge. The "hairy cows are "Highland Cattle" - quite a photogenic feature of the countryside. You can also see black ones besides these lovely warm brown ones.

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