Date: Saturday 9th June 2012
Distance: Of no concern
Ascent: Never above 50m altitude.
The voice of reason (Hazel) had been offering alternatives to hill-walking all week. The ears of unreason (someone else) were open for business on a pleasant looking Saturday.
Drove round from Calgary and booked a slot on TurusMara for a trip to Staffa and Lunga (in the Treshnish Isles).
We had a bit of time to get to Ulva Ferry the trip kicked off at 1130. All aboard for the off.
An enjoyable 45 mins or so chugging across to Staffa. The odd seal or 2 and some seabirds were here and there.
Eventually Staffa gets into view.
The island is truly remarkable. I’ve seen the basalt columns on Arthur’s Seat and Preshal Beag – they pale into bland insignificance compared to the eye-popping band of columns sandwiched between rougher basalt layers on Staffa.
Certainly one of the geological gems of Scotland.
Disembarked onto Staffa and went for a wander along to Fingal’s Cave.
We had an hour on Staffa – we spent most of it on the basalt. Could have spent a few more to be honest.
An unexpected visitor appeared – the Waverley, presumably on a tour of the west coast. The passengers couldn’t get off though, must have been frustrating.
Our boat came back to pick us up.
Back aboard we readied for the off to the Treshnish Isles.
Another 40 minute trip to Lunga, part of the Treshnish Isles.
Disembarked via a floating pontoon onto Lunga for a 2 hour wander. There are Puffin, Razorbill and Guillemot colonies here.
The wee clowns stole the show.
Like Staffa – 2 hours was too short, even with 40 mins just lounging around. Back to the boat for the return.
About an hour’s trip back to Ulva Ferry. 2 Sea Eagles seen perching on Ulva on the way was an excellent diversion.
One of the highlights of our Mull visit – some of the best geology in Scotland and some amazing wildlife on one trip. Special.