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MacCulloch's Fossil Tree

The Burg, Scotland
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Ranked #16 of 27 Attractions in Isle of Mull
Type: Other, Cultural
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Owner description: The standing fossil of a 12metre (40 foot) high conifer tree, engulfed in molten lava, was discovered in 1819 by Scotland’s pioneering geological cartographer, John MacCulloch. As the surrounding basalt cooled, distinctive columnar patterns were formed. Further north on the peninsula are some 200-million-year-old Jurassic rocks – unique in Scotland.
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It took us a lot more time than expected (good we were ignorant of this). Well, I have to explain: until the Dun Bhuirg is a walk of about 2 hrs. And there is a lot to see: old bothy, old settlements, great views on the loch. From the Dun to the Tree: at least 1 1/2 hr. The path... More

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Skipton, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This walk is well worth it but do make sure you are going to arrive at the fossil tree at low tide as it's a fair way around the headland. The walk to get to it is long - allow three hours for the outward trip - but there's lots of interest along the way including 'coffin cairns', a Dun... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The walk to the fossil tree is very hard, don't under estimate it! It's ten miles over increasingly rough terrain, take lots of water and suncream. This walk took us eight hours and we hadn't packed enough water, so drank from the crystal clear waterfalls along the way. Suffered no side-affects from this. Beautiful scenery- which in itself is worth... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This can take between 6 and 7 hours and is very tough going. We never actually reached the tree, the ladder towards the end is a little precarious and was not accessible for us with the dogs. The history of the penninsula is intriguing, find the book "Tea with Chrissie" and this will explain a lot more. Had great views... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This walk involved many high cliffs, narrow paths & slippery surfaces. However when you get to the tree (3 hours roughly walking time) you can relax or shelter in the cave beside it. Overall a hard but rewarding trip, not for young children or people who aren't confident with heights!

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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115 reviews 115 reviews
31 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

The car park isn't easy to find but just keep going up the road until you find it, if you don't pass through two gates you haven't gone far enough. We were staying across the Loch from here and could see Burgh from our window. We didn't set out to do the full walk, we just wanted a reasonable walk... More

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Darlington, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Be prepared for a long walk and steep rocky slopes. This is a walk not to be missed, allow 5 hours for a steady walk

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

The parking lot for the walk is located behind a farm and hotel, where, you have to drive pass few gates. The beginning of the walk is on very local roads. Make sure you follow the sign to Tavool house. The map provided did not show where to turn when the road splits. we turn left going down hill at... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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106 reviews 106 reviews
33 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012 via mobile

The fossil tree is the remains of a tree which was engulfed in lava around 59 million years ago. However you will be more impressed with the rock formations around it, which a colmns, like on Staffa, but twisted into incredible shapes. The walk starts easily along a track, then there is a mile or so of rough path, and... More

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Enfield, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

This was an excellent walk, not too difficult but with a really exciting and worthwhile destination at the end.

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