Mull is an island of great mystery and myth
Mull is an island steeped in mystery and legend with an undeniable spirit that will capture your soul.
The Lochbuie Stone Circle
This ancient stone circle takes centre stage in a natural amphitheatre created by the surrounding hills. Originally comprising of nine granite stones, eight still stand today; the place of the ninth is marked by a low boulder. Although there are other standing stones on the island, this circle of stones is unique. Some say the stone circle is haunted, but for most it is a place which provides tranquility. Perhaps we may never know the ancient secrets they hold but one thing is certain: the past is still very much alive on Mull.
MacKinnon’s Cave is the deepest sea cave in the Hebrides and the folklore which surrounds it runs just as deep. Legend has it that MacKinnon was a piper who encountered a female ogre whilst walking his dog in the caves. Angered that he failed to please her with a tune from his pipes, the ogre killed him. Later the dog was said to have appeared on a nearby cliff top, completely hairless with fright. If you come to the island and listen very carefully, you might just hear its wailing howls whistle through the wind.
In the heart of Mull is Loch Ba, an enchanting, idyllic setting, said to once be home to the Cailleach Bheur – one of the island’s most powerful witches. On the dawn of each hundredth year, she would immerse herself in the life-giving waters of the loch. As long as she performed this ritual before any other creature had awoken, the years would be washed away and youth would be hers once more. For centuries the loch was her elixir. Then, one fateful morning, as she made her way to the shore, the bark from a restless shepherd’s dog heralded the new day. And the spell was broken forever.
The Sunken Galleon
Our island holds many treasures, and one more elusive than any other. For it is said that a Spanish galleon lies sunken in a watery grave in Tobermory silt. The ship is believed to be either The Florencia or the San Juan Sicillia, both of which were trying to escape the fleet of Elizabeth I after the Spanish Armada was defeated in 1588. (The former had been carrying £300,000 worth of gold bullion.)
Although the ship has never been found, every now and then tempting artefacts surface. For divers and treasure hunters alike, the lure is too great to resist. They come to the island in search of great treasures but these waters still remain reluctant to fully surrender what lies beneath.