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Scottish anchorages

Bunessan

This is of course a dead easy anchorage to get into and there is loads of space, definitely a refuge on a bad day.  But watch out, there are a surprisingly large number of fishing boats using the pier, so use a riding light at night. It is 15 minutes walk to the village of Bunessan. I fear this does not seem to have a lot going for it. Undistinguished houses, a not very special church, a shop, and the Argyll Arms Hotel which has a spectacularly awful flat roof extension. But the hotel does harbour a restaurant (ph 01681 700 240), a bar with fairly standard bar suppers - but no real ale (I am told there now is). It may be closed in the winter, a bit uncertain from the website. The Blackbird Bistro is getting great reviews, and a local friend rates it highly, so must visit (ph 01681 700454).

 

The Ross of Mull Historical Centre – Tigh na Rois - was opened in 2009. It is very small, and mostly devoted to genealogy, staffed it seems by very enthusiastic local ladies.

 

The village was originally established as a fishing station in the late 18th century, like Tobermory, but it was unsuccessful.

 

You could walk along the road to the Ardalanish weavers from here, as easily as from the Rubh' Ardalanish anchorage - the distance is about the same, a couple of miles, and you are less likely to get lost.

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View from above Bunessan pier

Looking across Bunessan Bay (Loch na Lathaich) to the Ardmeanach peninsular