Thursday, January 27, 2011

A barren point and fateful decision.

We set off from Tobermory, past the RNLI Severn class lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay, to cross the Sound of Mull for the second time that day. We were bound for Auliston Point, the NW tip of Morvern.

Rubha nan Gall lighthouse stands at the  NW entrance to the Sound of Mull with the Ardnamurchan peninsula behind.The lighthouse was built in 1857 by David and Thomas Stevenson. It flashes once every three seconds and was automated in 1960.

I hoped to camp at Auliston Point, perhaps on its summit where the breeze would keep the midges away.

 The sun was now setting quickly, behind Ardnamurchan Point with the open sea behind.

We pressed on in the hope of getting the tents up in daylight.

However, after the creature comforts of Tobermory, David and Phil thought Auliston Point a somewhat barrenlooking place for gentlemen sea kayakers to camp at. We now left the Sound of Mull and paddled into Loch Sunart and the approaching night. They would soon learn the error of their ways....


  1. I camped at Auliston point- it is indeed a barren place with a shortage of firewood. Next day I picked off 20 ticks, with plenty more appearing over the following few days.

  2. Ha! I can see where this one's going. I made a similar mistake but travelling in the opposite direction. I crossed the mouth of Loch Sunart three times before turning back on myself and camping at the head of one of the inlets on Oronsay. Great for orchids though at Auliston Point. No ticks for me but nose to nose with a deer at my tent door!

  3. Hello Iain, no wonder the old village of blackhouses at Auliston was abandonded.

    Hi Vince, I think I know that inlet, good choice!