Day 137 : Fiunary – Claggan

I start today at Fiunary where there is a Camping & Caravanning Club certified site. It is a small privately owned site with great views of the Isle of Mull. There is also a former manse where a Victorian book about a Highland Parish was written. There is even a song been written called “Farewell to Fiunary” sang by the McCalmans.

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Along the road I pass the little hill fort of Dun Fhionnairidh on my way to Clach na Criche or the Wishing Well. It’s a rock wall with a hole through it where legend has it that if you could pass through the rock without touching the sides your wishes were granted.

I continue past another small hill fort at Killundine Castle, Caisteal nan Con or castle of dogs on a peninsular on the Sound of Mull. I imagine it would be quite atmospheric location on a sunset evening.

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Drimin is a row of white cottages, most of which are holiday lets, on the shoreline around a little bay. It is at the end of a single track road about 12 miles from Lochaline.

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I spoke to a lady carrying some washing who said if I was lucky I might see a family of otters along the shoreline. Just beyond the village there’s a jetty where the map says there is a ferry to Tobermory but only runs twice a week. There is also a cairn, a memorial to a local called Charles MacClean.

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I follow a path of stones, gravel and grass which is boggy in places to the old bronze age village of Arienas on the shores of Loch Arienas managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. All that remain are the scattered stones of houses and barns, there has been a cairn erected to mark the site.

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