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June 20, 2010

Meanderings on magical Mull

by backpackingbongos

I returned yesterday from a magical week on the Isle of Mull.  A splendid time was had and for once the weather was kind to me for most of the week.  In fact I started to regret not taking my backpacking kit with me as there was plenty of opportunities to camp high and wild among some very empty mountains and coastline.  I did however have the comfort of the Bongo and parked up for the night in some idyllic spots.  Three days were dedicated to some cracking mountains with the Munro Ben More and the Corbett Dun da Ghaoith being climbed.  The toughest day however was a round of four much smaller peaks, my leg muscles are still aching from that one.  The coastline was also stunning and is one of the main jewels of Mull, hundreds of miles yet to explore there.  What struck me was that although the Island is very touristy it does not appear to be on the radar of many hikers (with the exception of Ben More).  You can walk all day without seeing another soul, just you the sheep and the tail end of a herd of red deer disappearing over the hill!  I will do a write up of each walk in turn but in the meantime here are a few snaps to give a taster of what Mull was like.

The following couple of pics were taken on a round of four small mountains that overlook the mountain road through Glen More.  The pointy summits of Ben More and A Chioch dominate the scenery on most of the Island (when not covered in mist).

Approaching the summit ridge of Ben More from A Chioch when the cloud suddenly descended out of nowhere.  The top is very steep but was hidden in cloud limiting the amount of exposure!

Another perfect Bongo ‘wild’ camp at the top of the pass leading to Calgary bay.

A fiery sunset taken from the campsite at Craignure, it really was that colour!