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Scottish anchorages

Bull Hole

I must confess that for decades I only ever used this anchorage for overnight stays when visiting Iona, I had never got off the boat until 2017. A mistake. Head for the ruined stone pier with a lovely small sandy beach behind it. Take in the now more-or-less but maybe not quite abandoned Tòr Mòr quarry which was busy busy in the 19th century, the pink granite being used for the Holborn Viaduct in London and the Liverpool Docks, as well as for the local Stevenson lighthouses. There are still huge blocks of stone piled in giant heaps, along with abandoned and rusting machinery, and a trio of restored cottages. Then take the Land Rover track through the quarry to Fionnphort (for stores maybe, and the Ninth Wave restaurant). Stop at the viewpoint above the quarry to admire the scenery. Then come back along the rather vague and twisty coastal track.

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The beach by the ruined pier

Abandoned machinery