Tobermory Lighthouse

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Distance - 3 miles
Time - 1.5 hours
OS Map Explorer 374
Grading - Moderate, one 5 minute scramble up the cliff
Terrain - Good path but can be muddy in parts and very overgrown with bracken in the Summer months

Park in Tobermory at the Ledaig Carpark as the main street is very busy in the holiday season. This is the first turning on the right as you come down the hill into Tobermory.

Go past the Tobermory Distillery and turn right out of the car park and walk along the main street perhaps taking in the Mull Museum which is well worth a visit. The Mull Museum is situated on the centre of the main street of Tobermory, close to the bank. It is run by volunteers, all of whom have extensive local knowledge.

Continue walking along Tobermory Main Street until the Caledonian MacBrayne pier and Tobermory Lifeboat Station are reached. Take the path that goes diagonally upwards into the woods and note the Gun Carriage on the left-hand side. It is presumed that the cannon went for scrap metal during the war.

The path commences through woodland with glimpses of the sea and shore. The path eventually opens up with stunning vistas over to Kilchoan and Ardnamurchan, the most westerly point of mainland Great Britain. Just before the lighthouse there is a memorial on the right which identifies all the landmarks from Bloody Bay to Calve Island.

Take a short detour onto the causeway to see the lighthouse and keepers' cottages watching out for otters on the rocks. This is a traditional lighthouse designed by Thomas and David Stevenson. It was first established in 1857 and manned by keepers until 1960 when the light was automated. The tower is on a small islet joined to the keepers house and the shore by a bridge. The light is exhibited from a black-painted lantern room at the top of a 19 metre white-painted masonry tower.

Flashing White every 3 seconds
Focal Plane: 17 metres
Range: 15 nautical miles
Position: 56 38.3 N 006 03.9W

Retrace your steps from the lighthouse until just before the Brown Memorial a path goes up to the right. The first few minutes are quite a scramble but the view is worth the effort. Continue heading uphill on the path until the golf course is reached.

Cross the stile and turn left onto the golf course, walking along the edge of the course marked by the green topped marker posts. Don't cross any other stile encountered, these are there for golfers to retrieve lost balls. Follow close to the perimeter fence until it reaches the gate, turn left and follow the road down past the War Memorial and the Western Isles Hotel back into the town.

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