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Fionnphort and Tòrr Mòr Quarry

A day out to Fionnphort describing a short walk from Fionnphort to Tòrr Mòr Quarry.

Its a pleasant, scenic drive down through the glen to Fionnphort on the very South of the Isle of Mull.

Most visitors arrive here to catch the ferry to Iona,

~ however there are many other great places to visit.

On this occasion we decided to visit the Tòrr Mòr Quarry

Tòrr Mòr Quarry

We parked the car in the car park at Fionnphort
the lower car park is Pay and Display
upper car park is free
both are full in the summer
both are empty in the winter

Its a relatively short walk 2 Km ½ hr there 2Km ½ hr back
part of this walk is on the road and part of it on a rough track.
its possible to return to Fionnphort along the shore visiting the beaches

From the car park we walked back up the road towards Bunessan before turning off to the left following the sign posts for Ninth Wave Restaurant and headed along rising up about 40 m before the quarry reveals its self.

The 400 million year old pink granite looks very distinctive, pink in colour and very striking.

 

red granite quarry on Mull

 

views to Iona abbey

 

 

 

 

The pink granite from the quarry was used to build

Many of the local houses
Iona Abbey
Skerryvore, Ardnamurchan, Dhu Hartach and Hyskeir lighthouses
Liverpool docks
Albert Memorial in London
decorative columns and ornamental stone for the construction of Glasgow University (1865), and in London, Manchester, Liverpool and as far away as New Zealand and China.
Blackfriars, Westminster, and Holburn Viaduct bridges in London,
Jamaica and Kirklee bridges in Glasgow.

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.

Imagine being at the harbour the day they loaded a 5 metre long lump of granite onto a boat bound for the USA.

Read more of the story of the once thriving red granite quarries, their  working practices and people involved.

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