Isle of Mull

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Scoor House

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

We were so excited about having another week up in Mull.  We met there on a diving trip in the Mishnish pub, got engaged there on the top of Ben More and married there in Tobermory in Aug 2000.  We have only made one trip back since and that was before Lucy and Dan came along.

We set off on the 11 hour journey early morning with Lucy and Dan still in their pjs!  Dan asked if we were nearly there after 19 minutes on the road!!!!  For the rest of the journey they were absolutely fantastic andd 400+ miles later and two ferry rides later we made it to Scoor House - our home for the next week.

The farm house was set in the middle of nowhere down a VERY bumpy road.  When we arrived the farm had no lambs, however, by the time we left they were everywhere.  Much to Lucy and Dan's delight

As soon as we arrived we checked out the local white sandy beach 10 minutes walk from the house.  It was so mild and the children and Emma were in heaven.

On Easter Sunday the children awoke very early and VERY excited!  Had the Easter Bunny been?  Of course, as always, he had not let them down and the garden around the house was littered with eggs.  They had great fun running around with a Morrisons bag collecting them up from among the daffodils!

Easter Sunday was spent on the Island of Iona.  What an amazing day it was.  The weather was absolutely fantastic, the sky was blue and the sand was so white.  We sat on a sheltered beach, having a picnic and the children played in the sea.  I just wanted to bottle up the day to remember for ever.

On Easter Monday, we ventured further afield along the narrow, twisty roads of Mull.  We had the most amazing views of Ben More, a beautiful day, so the summit was clearly visible.  What a great day it would have been for climbing if the children had been a little older.  We drove around the shores of Loch Na Keal and headed for the Isle of Ulva.  We once again packed a picnic and took the tiny boat across to the island.  We then walked around the farm tracks of the island, stopping in a sheltered spot for lunch and some amazing views.  Once again the weather was fantastic.

On Tuesday we were expecting cloud and a few spots of rain, and that is exactly what we got.  We headed off for Tobermory to reminise!  After pulling up in the car park we were slightly confused as the Mishnish is no longer yellow, but returned back to black!  We enjoyed wandering around the shops and visited the Western Isles Hotel for some photographs and a coffee.  We then walked up the hill and bumped into John and Elidh so stopped for a welcome chat.  The day ended with us sitting admiring the view of the coloured houses, enjoying fish and chips!

Wednesday and Thursday brought absolutely fantastic weather yet again.  Not a cloud in the sky.  So we ventured to two different beaches.  I had no idea that there were such fantastic beaches on Mull.  We had been to Calgary Bay many times before but had no idea what this part of the island had to offer.  Fantastic blue seas and clean white sand.  Not a person in sight.  Lucy and Dan even plucked up courage to strip off and play in the sea.  They said it was cold but fun!  We flew the kite and ate Easter eggs sat on the sand.  Lucy and I made pictures in the sand using shells and sea weed.  Bliss - a far cry from a usual Wednesday or Thursday spent rushing around like a headless chicken!!

Friday brought  yet more sun and blue skies so we headed over to Iona again.  We climbed up to the highest point on the island and sat and enjoyed yet another picnic whilst gazing at the amazing views all around us.  The sea was bright blue, we could have been anywhere.  On the journey down we could hear bagpipes, a wedding at the abbey.  It brought the memories of our wedding flooding back and it made me quite emotional again!!  As we walked down the lane, back towards the ferry terminal we bumped into some very familiar people: Carol and Bill.  Carol had married us in the Western Isles Hotel back in 2000.  We have sent Christmas cards to each other every year since but haven't actually met for nearly nine years.  It was absolutely fantastic to see them and catch up.  We plan to see them in Oban over the summer, prior to our departure.  The latter part of the evening was spent back at the beach, another amazing place, not far from the farmhouse.  We also had an opportunity to explore the ruins of a church before heading into Bunessan for tea at the pub.

Saturday came around far too quickly, as always.  We were extremely sad to leave: to leave the amazing views and the fantastic weather.  We felt so relaxed and chilled, scared to come back and face the next few months.  We have decided to try and make another trip up north prior to our journey to New Zealand, exploring more of the west coast, including some more of the islands.  Roll on the summer holidays!
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