I woke up to another incredible fresh and sunny morning. The couple next door made me coffee and fed me biscuits as I was packing up. I bode them farewell and made my way to the pier.

Day 11: Kilchoan - Loch Na’Keal

Distance 30 miles / Elevation 870 meters

Most satisfying sight of a ferry approaching to take me away to another island.

Leaving Ardnamurchan behind I soon arrive at the shores of Isle of Mull.

I know, I know.. “What’s the story..”

Tobermorey Bay from An-Tobar Arts Centre

It was time to move on, so I pedalled to the other side of the island.

Quick lunch with beach dwelling sheep at Calgary Bay. (Not to be confused with beach-dwelling cows I met recently at Tayport Bay pictured on the right).


The locals told me of a small campsite another 20 miles away, with a great "burger van" beside it, so that was enough to keep me going. I rolled through the beautiful landscape of Mull gazing over all the scattered small islands around me, and in a far distance waved to Staffa (I have a thing about Staffa.. http://www.staffatours.com/the-islands/staffa) and the island I refer to as "Mexican Hat", better known as Dutchman’s Cap.

Heading South on the West Coast with the first sight of Ben More.

Things are pretty laid back on Mull.

Upon arrival I came across the fore-mentioned "burger van". The food however was far from generic burgers. Home made macaroni cheese, venison burgers and locally sourced mussels prepared freshly in cream and white wine sauce by the business owner, a lovely smiley lady called Caroline. I went for the mussels and they were delicious! Caroline asked me what I was doing and once she heard about the fundraising, offered me a some cash towards it! So if you’re passing there, please support Caroline’s fantastically humble but delicious business Loch Na’Keal Meals. (I should have taken a picture..)

p.s. Thank you to John Binnie for bringing Caroline business since my visit!


With a great finish to the day, I passed out at the foot of Ben More under an intensely starry sky.


Loch Tuath, with isle of Ulva on the right hand side.


Loch Na’Keal with mighty Ben More in it’s full glory.

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In 2007 Eduard Bersudsky of Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre www.sharmanka.com was commissioned by An Tobar Art Centre in Tobermory to create a wooden sculpture. Eduard was given freedom to choose a subject and he decided to carve a figure of St.Columba, a celtic saint who lived, wrote books and ploughed the land at Iona island - just across water from Mull - in the 6th century. Made from an old oak that grew in the ancient oak grove on the island and fell during a storm, the sculpture was installed September 2007. The photos of the process of making are here:

(https://www.flickr.com/photos/sharmanka/…/72157603844722156/)