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The mix of cold winds, blustery showers and sunshine gave us this rainbow...

June 2008: Iona beach, looking (and feeling) more like somewhere in the Mediterranean.



Torosay Castle has something to offer whether you're young or old. In the grounds kids have access to a well appointed play park.

The sandy beach on the shore below Beach House offers opportunities for otter and seal spotting at any time of year. It's also a great place to practice stone throwing for kids of all ages.



This is the view out of the windows at the front of Beach House, looking down over the sea at Loch Scridain.

Looking down the drive to the first of two deer/sheep fences at Beach House. To the left is the forest which makes up part of the eight acres of grounds around the property. To the front you can see down to Lock Scridain.

The moon rises behind the Beach House forest on Mull 7.30am 2nd Jan 2007.



A view into Fingal's Cave on Staffa, just off the coast of Mull and north of the island of Iona. Staffa is a fascinating little chunk of volcanic rock with very unusual formations which give the appearance of stone pillars, very similar to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. At the right time of year you'll also be able to see Puffins nesting and breeding here. Avoid if the weather is poor or seas are rough. Other than that it's one of the must-do activities during a stay at our self-catering farmhouse.



Beach House Self Catering, Mull

We had this beautiful sunny afternoon when we popped up to Toberrmory. With the shape of the bay, despite the sun being relatively low in the sky in November, it was so warm we had to take off the coats and wear T-Shirts.


From the front of Beach House you can see eastwards towards Ben More, the tallest peak on Mull and on a good day scalable by most, young and old... provided you're able bodied and wear sensible shoes, etc.

Some of the early blossoms in Beach House (pronounced Bee-ack). Beach is the English translation of the Gaelic word for Bee. There are certainly plenty of pollinating opportunities in this part of the world.

This rock on the sandy beach at Fionnphort (pronounced finifort) is actually about 12 feet/3.5 metres high. The large crack provides a way to scramble to the top. In the background are the famous pink rocks once mined and sent all across the world for building.

This really is Mull in March 2006 - in the far corner is the ferry waiting to leave for Iona.




April 2006: Looking east up Loch Scridain towards Ben More at 966m high (3169 feet).



Iona Post Office, possibly one of the remotest in Scotland.



The famous pink stone of Fionnphort, once mined and sent across the world.




Almost looks warm enough to swim but it's still March (2006).



December 2007: The barn next to the house with a bird of prey sitting below a daylight moon.



Tobermory is one of Scotland's hidden gems. Until more recent times, and the notoriety given to the place through the children's TV programme 'Balamory', the main town on Mull was best known amongst sailors who came to enjoy the calm waters of its natural harbour. It's got some great pubs and places to eat too.

I love this picture for the contrasts. Taken on the Ardalanish shoreline on the Isle of Mull, not far from Beach House, there's the beautiful glassy quality ot the water rolling in under the feet, contrasted by the rough surface of the sea as your eye travels towards the far distance. Apart from the distant islands breaking the horizon there's also a very strong sense of land justaposed to sky.




Virginia Beach, VA 9/2007


A stunning view of the Sun's last gasp as it rapidly heads below the horizon out to sea, whilst shedding this deep red glow over a cloud filled sky.

The bluebells go ballistic at this time of year and carpet much of the ground in the forest of pine trees to the side of Beach House.


It's common to see highland cattle in the fields and even occasionally blocking the roads on Mull. This one was resting in the fields at the bottom of the drive to Beach House.

Flowers from Beach House garden. At one time the house supplied cut flowers from its gardens to the abbey at Iona.

A dragonfly settles on the warm tarmac of Beach House's drive.



Speeding gull keeps pace with the Craignure-Oban ferry to pick up some fast food

Looking across to Mull from the gardens of the Argyll Hotel. The Argyll offers great food and has a sun-room facing the beach where you can relax and leaf through magazines whilst digesting your lunch.