Located on the southwest tip of the Ross of Mull peninsular, Fionnphort is both a ferry terminal for residents and visitors to Iona, and a busy shellfish fishing port.
Easily located at the western end of the A849 a few miles from Bunessan, it is instantly distinguished by a huge split rock in the centre of the fine sandy beach.
A glacial ‘erratic’ the pink granite rock was split many years ago by the Tor Mor quarry in an attempt to break it up with dynamite. The first attempt to split the rock failed and further attempts were stopped.
Quarrying the famous Ross of Mull pink granite was a major industry at Fionnphort for many years with the stone being used in many major buildings, including several lighthouses, in the UK and abroad. It was said to have produced the largest granite blocks in the UK at over 16 metres long, with 5 metre blocks shipped to the US.
Parking is available both on the road down to the ferry and at the St Columba Centre. Trips to Staffa run from the village throughout the summer months.
A road that turns off the main road to the left just after the village starts takes the traveller down to the island of Erraid, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Kidnapped and accessible to walkers at low tide.
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