MacCulloch's Fossil Tree

MacCulloch's Fossil Tree, Isle of Mull: Address, Phone Number, MacCulloch's Fossil Tree Reviews: 4.5/5

MacCulloch's Fossil Tree
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Geologic Formations
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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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Will H
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Easy to follow walk
Jul 2021 • Couples
Really nice walk, easy to follow guides online, just a shame it's back the same way and not a loop! The landslide isn't an issue, it has a pretty clear path through it that people have made and it's only 20m long. If we hadnt read about the landslide we wouldnt have thought twice about that part it just seems part of the path
Written July 3, 2021
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bblqk37
Aberdeen, UK57 contributions
Fossil tree landslide
May 2021
The path is blocked by a landslide after you descend from Cheape's monument. I visited on 5/5/21 and bypassed it by descending to the shore without much difficulty. You need to be aware of tides.
Written May 8, 2021
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Alan D
Chester, UK68 contributions
The fossil tree
Apr 2019 • Couples
It's a 5 mile hike each way so you need 3 hours each way not including stops.

The first 4 miles to the Bothy are fine along good paths with superb views.

After that for experienced walkers only.

The path becomes narrow, gains height and you have to down climb a 50 ft (15m) cliff with the metal ladder about 15 ft (5 m). The rest is along the beach with boulders and can be slippy.

This part of the path is completely blocked by the recent rockfall which is obvious to see and you have to divert to the shore before regaining the narrow footpath.

After passing 2 very nice waterfalls the tree appears!

Was it worth it? Yes if you want to see a 55 million year old fossil!!
Written May 4, 2019
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bblqk37
Aberdeen, UK57 contributions
The Fossil Tree
May 2018 • Solo
Challenging walk about 5 miles each way requiring descent of ladder. Not obvious when you reach the tree and not sign posted. A beautiful walk especially when the bluebells are out (May).
Written February 15, 2019
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John M
United Kingdom416 contributions
Archeological history without digging!
Aug 2017 • Friends
We saw the tree from the water on a boat trip on the Dutch sailing vessel Birthe Marie. Our Skipper Mark gave us a geological tour of the different rock formations as part of our day trip. He is very knowledgeable, patient and kind.
Written August 24, 2017
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JULIE M
Skipton, UK49 contributions
brilliant walk
May 2017 • Family
We set off on a hot clear day thinking it wouldn't take us that long! eventhough people had said in our cottage visitors book "not for the faint hearted" we looked at the NTS leaflet saying five miles each way and thought we would do it quicker than than that! 10 miles total!

We took a picnic but sadly no suncream as it was breezy.. but boy are we suffering and scorching today! it is a lovely walk, the two miles to the tavool house seemed easy enough then further to the cheape memorial, but that's when the path changed, lots of scrambling over big boulders and small rocks, down to the beach...back up onto cliff...back down again.
This part seemed to take ages, then my husband had to talk me down the ladder as it was quite scary for me! but I'm glad I did it...on getting to the beach it was still further...round yet another rocky section to the tree. It is amazing to see though, not just the tree but so many fabulous rock formations and the views of the other islands were amazing.
We quickly wolfed our picnic as we were a bit paranoid about the tides so set back off again. It felt all uphill on the way back with our aching knees and ankles!.

We got back to our car 8 hours later from start to finish, so you have to allow a whole day for this walk really.
On a past Mull holiday we walked to the memorial which in itself is a lovely walk, and one I would do again definitely, but that time it was too windy and rainy, i wouldn't like to negotiate those cliff paths and rocks in bad weather, so make sure you have a good day for it.
definitely one to tick off the bucket list though!
Written May 29, 2017
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Carol H
Hexham, UK29 contributions
Fascinating finish to a walk
Jun 2016 • Solo
The geology along this stretch of the coast is fascinating so don't just head for the tree. Not a walk for the faint hearted or for those who don't like heights. Aim to arrive when the tide is low so you can access the beach and spend time admiring the rock formations. It's about 18km in total and you have to come back the same way.
Written June 26, 2016
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Ashley A
Lisbellaw, UK843 contributions
Burg, Mull on the Ardmeanach Peninsula
Mar 2016 • Couples
We stumbled on this walk after driving up quite a difficult road. At the car park there were maps and leaflets so we headed off on our way. Unfortunately we didn't have the time to do it all, in fact we didn't even get half way, but what we did do we really enjoyed and the scenery and woodlands are great. To do the whole walk you would need to allocate the whole day and be a good active walker.
Written April 18, 2016
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monumentchaser
Colne, UK151 contributions
Its a good walk and the tree is ok
Mar 2016 • Couples
Its a very good walk out to the tree about half of it is on a forestry track so very easy. Once you leave the track it get more interesting with some exposure on the cliff tops and a steep little ladder to get down onto the rocks. Keep an eye on the tides as you can get cut off and the rocks can be very slippy. Its about ten miles there and back.
Written March 29, 2016
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Sheila B
Reading, England, United Kingdom48 contributions
Well worth the walk!
Aug 2015 • Couples
Lovely walk along the side of Loch Scridain. Fairly steady up to the Burg, then once through the gate the going gets tougher! Walk Highlands guide is pretty accurate. The tree is pretty impressive, as is scenery along the way. We stopped to admire the views along the way and took our time - took us about 10 hours all told. Make sure your footwear is sturdy and the tide will be out
Written September 9, 2015
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