The Fossilised Tree

There is lots of interesting geology on Mull, and the most unusual is possibly the Fossilised tree, located on the west side of the Ardmeanach Peninsula. It is an energetic but rewarding 5 – 7 hour walk – full directions are available on the Walk Highlands website. There is a section of the walk where it is necessary to have a good head for heights, as there is a steep ladder to climb. Instead of walking all the way from the car park, Farmer and Ben took bicycles and cycled all the way (bone shaking track!) to Tavool where they left their bikes and began to walk. At one point a sign said 2.5 miles to the Fossilised tree but it took them over 2 hours to walk.

Burg fossilised tree Mull ladder

Farmer and a friend staying with us decided to go there today. They checked the tide tables to make sure they arrived on the low tide, just before it got to its lowest. Farmer suffers from vertigo so he wasn’t sure he would manage to get down the ladder and steep approach, but amazingly he did. The ladder is quite wobbly and the old ladder lies to one side of it, in a slightly off-putting way.

Fossilised tree Mull goats

The feral goats were an unexpected pleasure, and they didn’t seem to be that frightened of humans. Lovely views of Staffa and Lunga in the distance.

Goats Mull fossilised tree

Farmer said the rock formations were amazing. He described it as really being a remote place. When he got home he almost felt he had been off island.

Mull fossilised tree rocks

Ben kindly posed for the camera to give the photograph a sense of scale.   The tree is the groved out section slightly to the right of where he is standing.

Fossilised tree Burg Mull scale

On the way back they skinny dipped in this pool, cook and refreshing for the drive home.  All in all a fantastic day out.  They left Treshnish at about 9.30 and got home about 6.30 having gone to collect, and hitch up a livestock trailer in order to deliver it to Salen on the way home.

Mull fossilised tree waterfall