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“Lovely long walk”

Ranked #31 of 55 things to do in Isle of Mull
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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.
Enfield, England, United Kingdom
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“Lovely long walk”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

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

Visited August 2012
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“Seen from a boat.”
Reviewed June 16, 2012

Don't slog over the cliffs! Go sailing with Mark in the 'Birthe Marie' and see the spectacular Fossil Tree from the water. Entertaining commentary and the possibility of marine wildlife an added bonus.

Visited June 2012
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“A Splendid Wilderness Walk, Encompassing Some of Mull’s Best Geological Formations, History and Wildlife”
Reviewed June 13, 2010

If you want to get away from it all, then The Burg is a great place to go, however I would not recommend this walk for the faint-hearted. Also known as ‘The Wilderness’, this remote corner of south-west Mull is exposed to the full force of the Atlantic weather.
The beautiful wild scenery is home to important populations of rare plants and insects. Bluebells and Primroses could be seen in abundance during my last visit, one fine day in May. Apparently the peninsula is also home to red deer, feral goats and otters, however I did not manage to spot any of these during the walk.

During the walk expect to see bird watchers looking for stonechat, wheatear, raven and cuckoo. There are reportedly regular sightings of buzzards and sea eagles. I saw a buzzard while returning from The Burg.

While walking on The Burg you will come across some of Mull’s history, including an old school, Scobull School, originally built in 1898 and remaining a school until 1946. You will also pass the ruined townships of Salachry and Culliemore; 35 people once lived at Culliemore, until the highland clearances of the 1840s when the residents were cleared to make way for sheep. There is also Dun Bhuirg, a defended stone round house (one of 9 such sites around Loch Scridain) thought to date back to around 1 A.D. (Anno Domini).

The walk gets increasingly difficult, with the path ending at the fossil tree. Signs of other fossil trees can be seen on the beach fanning out like the spokes of a wheel. Although there are more interesting geological formations north of the fossil tree it is very difficult to progress beyond this.

Visitors to the fossil tree are reminded to be mindful of tide times.
The first time I visited The Burg I failed to make it to the tree before the tide prevented me from reaching it!

The summit of Bearraich provides excellent views to Ben More in the east and over Ulva, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles to Tiree. On a clear day the Outer Hebrides can be seen.

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