I drew the lucky straw and had to take Bertha down to Macdougal's garage in Bunessan for her MOT and went for a little wander while it was being done. I set off down the Pottie road with no idea where it would lead me, my kind of walk! The wall construction down here fascinates me, big round boulders of granite magically put together to provide the heftiest of walls and buildings.
After half an hour or so of walking I spotted Fidden Farm Campsite so headed in that direction where I sat on a rock and had my lunch, soon realising I was not alone when the rocks around me started moving!
Fidden is in the most stunning location and offers camping, parking for Camper Vans and Motorhomes, hot showers, toilets and chemical disposal and you can park up the vans overlooking the gorgeous white sandy beach and turquoise waters.
I then walked along to Fionnphort and along the road back to the garage but I'd only walked a few metres out of Fionnphort before I was offered a lift by a lovely lady potter called Julie, look out for her wonderful pottery in Fionnphort. I gratefully accepted the lift, retrieved Bertha who had passed with flying colours and set off back home in North Mull via the Scenic Route. It makes me laugh that they call it the scenic route, as if the other way isn't scenic which it most certainly is!
But going around via Tiroran and Gribun is an experience, the road is a little hairy going around the rocks heading into Loch Na Keal but so long as you are good at reversing should you meet someone coming the other way, and go slow, it is worth it.
You pass Inch Kenneth island (seen on the right of this photo), once owned by the eccentric Mitford family and drive alongside the beautiful Loch Na Keal, with Ben More, Mull's famous Munro towering on the South side of the Loch.
Something as mundane as an MOT turned into a wonderful adventure and a great excuse to get out and about on this amazing island!
If you're planning a trip to Mull here is a tasty way to see the island! The Mull & Iona Food Trail has been developed to showcase the delicious island produce available on Mull, Iona and neighbouring islands, Ulva, Gometra and Erraid; to encourage visitors and residents to enjoy food that is grown, caught and produced here. There is a really informative map and tons of information on their website which will help you go from restaurant to food shop to market around the island. There is so much amazing local produce on the Island and this should help you find it!
So today is apparently 'Blue Monday' - the most depressing day of the year according to someone. So to cheer us up, I am going to call it Blue Sea Monday and have a little gander through some pretty pictures of Mull and the sparkling blue seas we have here!
Aaaahhh, that's better :)
We are adding another van to our little fleet, a Toyota Hiace Regius. A little different to the Bongo with one large sleeping area and no roof pop up. With seats for 5 and sleeping max 3, with an extra tent it can be used for families, or couples wanting a larger sleeping area. We'll be collecting it in January so will add more photos then.