It’s just the beginning of May but my head is already in summer mode! Cat and I are planning a road trip (by sea) to the Western Isles for a bit of island hopping in July.
The itinerary is just in the infant stages, but Cat and I have two islands firmly secured for the trip. Islay and Mull, along with a day trip to Staffa and Lunga to chill with the puffins with Staffa Tours.
The Isle of Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides (after Skye), off the west coast of Scotland, Argyll and Bute.
Mull and its islands have been continually inhabited since they became environments able to support man after the Ice Age. C. 6500 – 3500 BC. Mesolithic hunter-gatherers lived in caves such as Livingston’s cave on Ulva. C. 4000 – 2000 BC. Neolithic farmers people lived here leaving behind burial cairns and stone axes. C. 2500 – 600 BC. Bronze Age inhabitants built menhirs, brochs and a stone circle with examples of burial cairns, cists, standing stones, stone circles, pottery and knife blades providing compelling evidence.
Viking times started in 795 when Iona was first sacked, raids continuing for several centuries. Vikings eventually became settlers in the isles.
In the 14th century Mull became part of the Lordship of the Isles. After the collapse in 1493, the island was taken over by the clan MacLean, and in 1681 by the clan Campbell. During the Highland Clearances in the 18th and 19th centuries, the population fell from 10,000 to less than 3,000.
There are a number of standing stones and stone circles (most of you know how much I love those!) and ancient cemeteries.
There is also…. wait for it….. A FAERIE WISHING WELL! "Mull's faerie wishing well, lined with pennies and other gifts to the Little People. A very modern wishing well indeed it has become with a concrete parapet".
Seriously, a Highland Coo on the beach... What more could you possibly want??
So much can change in the upcoming months leading up to the trip, but I'm sure I'll keep all of you posted right here!