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2012 Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette

After the Jamborette

Once the Jamborette was over, the Scouts each went home with a Scottish Scout for four days of home visitation. Pete and Andrew also chose home visitation,  and Jerry and I rented a car and drove west from Blair Atholl to the Isles of Iona and Mull, then back to meet the group in Glasgow for the flight home. 

Here are a selection of pictures from our after-Jamborette touring. 

Oban Harbor, ferry port for Mull, Barra, Coll, Colonsay, Lismore, and Tiree. 
Note the "ruin" on the hill above the town - it was a work-relief project funded by a local businessman in the 19th century. 

Eilean Musdile (Lismore) light house in the Sound of Mull

Colorful fish boxes on Fionnphort Quay

Rainbow over the Sound of Iona

The Iona ferry runs frequently from Fionnphort (pronounced "fin-furt") on the Isle of Mull to Iona. Cars are only permitted for residents, so Iona is pleasingly car-free.

Iona Abbey - substantially rebuilt in 1899, there was an abbey on this site as long ago as 563 when St. Columba (Columcille in Gaelic) came here from Ireland with a dozen companions to found a monastery and bring Christianity to Scotland. 

The highest point on Iona is the site of an Iron Age ring-fort Dun I ("dun ee"). It's a bit of a climb to the cairn on the top, but well worth it for the view.

Panoramic view of Iona Harbor

This cat followed us from the Nunnery

View from Iona Quay

Tobermory, the colorful capital of the Isle of Mull

What little remains of the deserted village of Ardmore is mostly hidden in trees.

Bloody Bay on the northwest side of Mull

Duart Castle, home of the Clan MacLean

Bloody Bay

Calgary on the west side of Mull - the city in Canada was named after this Calgary

Rush Hour on the Isle of Mull

The deserted village of Penalbanach

Like many islands in the Hebrides, Mull's population is a fraction of what it was at its peak. Changing economic conditions, the potato famine, and the Clearances in the 19th century led to the emigration of most of the population, mostly to Canada and the USA.

Bluebells of Scotland, with bee

The Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the Scottish mainland is rocky, rugged and nearly uninhabited, especially on this view from the water.

A curious seal swam out to meet our boat.

These are Shags, a variety of cormorant...

... and their chicks, on a rocky ledge near Tobermory.

These Hielan Coos just weren't interested in yielding the right of way...

MV Clansman
- second largest in CalMac's fleet, the ferry handles the Oban to Coll and Tiree route.

We were lucky to see several Basking Sharks in Bloody Bay.

The Basking Shark seemed big when you looked at the distance between the dorsal fin and the tail, but it was only when the fish swam up to the boat that you really got a feel for its size. This one was easily 20-25 feet long. 

Rubha nan Gall point, on Bloody Bay north of Tobermory


Rubha nan Gall lighthouse and the view along the Sound of Mull

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