Francie Stoutamire Photography | Iona's North End "Beach", A visit to Mull (the Duart Castle and the Lochbuie Stone Circle).
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The North Shore of Iona has a number of pretty little white sandy beaches quite a difference from all the rocks.
During a day trip to Mull we visited Duart Castle and the Lochbuie Stone Circle. Brought back from ruin in 1911, the Castle treasures 800 years of history of one of Scotland’s oldest Clans, The Maclean’s and its one of the last surviving privately owned Clan Castles in Scotland. The Lochbuie Stone Circle is an absolutely magical location; easily one of the most beautiful settings for an ancient site anywhere in the British Isles. All of Mull is spectacular, but the setting for the stone circle is particularly beautiful.

Sunrise over Mull as seen from Iona.

Sunrise over Mull as seen from Iona.

The view looking south south west from the north end at the north side of Dun I, the highest point on Iona. It wasn't exactly raining but it certainly wasn't "dry".

The view looking south south west from the north end at the north side of Dun I, the highest point on Iona. It wasn't exactly raining but it certainly wasn't "dry".

Somewhat rare black native Hebridean sheep on the north end of Iona.

Somewhat rare black native Hebridean sheep on the north end of Iona.

Looking southwest along the northwest shore of Iona during our walk to the North end.

Looking southwest along the northwest shore of Iona during our walk to the North end.

North side of Dun I on our walk to the north end of Iona.

North side of Dun I on our walk to the north end of Iona.

Much more common white sheep on the north end of Iona.

Much more common white sheep on the north end of Iona.

Looking south at the Iona Abbey on our walk back from the north end of Iona.

Looking south at the Iona Abbey on our walk back from the north end of Iona.

Looking north at the headland of the Ardmeanach Peninsula on Mull.

Looking north at the headland of the Ardmeanach Peninsula on Mull.

View to the north as we approach Duart Castle, on the peninsula to the right, on Mull.

View to the north as we approach Duart Castle, on the peninsula to the right, on Mull.

Looking northwest at Duart Castle, lots of repair work going on, on Mull.

Looking northwest at Duart Castle, lots of repair work going on, on Mull.

Restored (1912) kitchen in Duart Castle, Mull.

Restored (1912) kitchen in Duart Castle, Mull.

Clan Maclean crest, Duart Castle, Mull.

Clan Maclean crest, Duart Castle, Mull.

Dressing room and state bedroom. Furnished for the wartime honeymoon of Lord Maclean and his bride. Duart Castle, Mull.

Dressing room and state bedroom. Furnished for the wartime honeymoon of Lord Maclean and his bride. Duart Castle, Mull.

The Great Hall which is the Banqueting Hall in Duart Castle, Mull.

The Great Hall which is the Banqueting Hall in Duart Castle, Mull.

Nice collection of Scottish dirks at Duart Castle on Mull.

Nice collection of Scottish dirks at Duart Castle on Mull.

Looking west from Duart Castle across Duart Bay at Torosay Castle, center distance on the opposite shore.

Looking west from Duart Castle across Duart Bay at Torosay Castle, center distance on the opposite shore.

View to the northeast from the top of Duart Castle, Mull.

View to the northeast from the top of Duart Castle, Mull.

View to the northeast from the grounds of Duart Castle, Mull.

View to the northeast from the grounds of Duart Castle, Mull.

Looking southeast at Duart Castle, Mull.

Looking southeast at Duart Castle, Mull.

A bit of a rainbow with Duart Castle, Mull, on the left.

A bit of a rainbow with Duart Castle, Mull, on the left.