Basalt and Coast, Ulva

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Basalt and Coast, Ulva
X The Isle of Ulva was on the itinerary first time around when I made a visit to Mull in January this year - 2011. Unfortunately time ran out even those a week was dedicated to the trip.  However on the return visit in March it was now top of the list. It's a wee island which is walkable in a few hours off the west coast of Mull.

The journey to Ulva is by ferry, a small boat which you summon over from the other side. This is done by sliding over a panel to reveal a large red painted square. Once the ferry boat has started its journey from Ulva, you are required to reset the signal by sliding back the wooden panel. Being the only passenger at this time of the morning I has the island practically to myself. Well Ulva population is only 16 but comes with a remarkable history along with interesting residents and visitors. Such as Dr. Livingstone, Dr. Samuel Johnston and James Boswell.  

Now it was my turn to visit! In search for the giant size slender basalt columns on its shoreline. Taking the wild woodlands walk, hidden inside between the trees and moss are crumbling basalt pieces. So much to explore and photograph in this old and unchanged wood. It had distracted me for at least an hour and half. An enjoyable distraction. After the woodlands the ground opened to fields then the shore was visible again. The first small ravine of rugged basalt with an impressive background was on display. Again more time spent capturing and watching the sea. On forward to the best example that the island had on offer. After some coffee from the flask and sandwiches prepared in the morning, I was ready. Ready for the structures, specular, slender and tall. They often forgotten about due to the popularity of the Isle of Staffa. The tide was on its way out allowing access to the coastal columns which soared above me. Straight chin faces and the walls of a castle came to mind.

A good day out, the sun kept itself behind clouds most of the time, which was very agreeable for me as the photographer.

In summertime the boathouse restaurant I believe has marvellous  seafood, with one my favourites Oysters and Guinness on the lunch menu.


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