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Camas Tuath (North Bay)

OS map: pathfinder 341 Iona and Bunessan
MAP OS EXPLORER: 373 Iona, Staffa and The Ross of Mull
Walking time: approx. 3 miles, about 2 hours

A short walk across open moor land on the Ross of Mull to a narrow bay, a bonnie quiet spot with historic cottages which .

Route Details

Car required. 5 minutes drive from Seaview on the A849 travelling eastwards towards Bunessan. Approximately 150 yards before the Esso garage at Ardfenaig on the left hand side, there is a gate and track. This is your starting point. Stout footwear is recommended.

On leaving the road, cross the footbridge and go through the gate and onto the track. Head northwards on the track for approx mile. The track at first is hard with small stones as a base however it eventually narrows and becomes grassy. On either side of you are pleasant, rolling, grassy fields of Ardfenaig. At the end of this stretch, go through the gate. The track bears right across open moor land. The track and moor land become wet and muddy in the winter but generally dries out in the summer. After mile the track trails to the right through hilly outcrops and then a splendid wall (built in the "Galloway" style) borders the path down to Camas Tuath.

Camus_quarry_workers_cottagesThe bay has two small tidal islands and two Quarrymans' Cottages which the Iona Community lease as an adventure camp. It is accessible by a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) walk down a moorland track and by boat. Activities run at the centre include kayaking, abseiling, hill-walking, raft-building, fishing, juggling and arts and crafts.
Camas has an organic garden that over the years has been taken care of by different gardeners. The bottom garden has a poly tunnel and inside grows lettuce, tomatoes and other vegetables. The bottom garden is also home to many different herbs and sometimes fruit. As you move up the garden there are seaweed beds which grow carrots and other hardy vegetables. There is also a garden shed and igloo made from willow and a small shed hidden within the trees.
The Camas Centre has two buildings built over 160 years ago that were renovated in 2006 when mains water was added, a 6 kW wind turbine and an Aquatron (composting toilet system) which turns human waste into compost using composting worms. During the renovations the Centre was closed to the public and the right of way was closed as the site was dangerous. Now that Camas is re-opened it welcomes up to 28 guests a week and offers activity weeks, themed weeks and open weeks.CAMUS-QUARRY-ISLE-OF-MULL

The disused quarry is on the opposite side of the bay and can be reached by walking east along the shore and crossing at the head of the inlet then walking down the other side of the lagoon. From the old quarry above, the disused tramway leads down to a superb granite block pier where the granite was exported to Tiree and thereafter to Skerryvore.

The granite here is not as pink as that of the Tormore quarry, and also has a coarser texture. The granite was used to build Skerryvore Lighthouse which sits out in the Atlantic approx 30 miles west of The Ross of Mull, pounded by the severest storms since 1844. The lighthouse was designed by Alan Stevenson (one of the "Lighthouse Stevenson's") uncle of the writer Robert Louis.

Megan_MarketBay_ Isle_ of_ MullCamus is a peaceful spot, ideal for a picnic. On looking north you see panoramic views of North Mull, Ulva and Little Colonsay. If you are quiet on arrival you may see seals and otters playing in the bay. You return home the same way as you came. As you retrace your steps along the path on the open moor approximately halfway along there is a large open ditch running north. Follow the ditch crossing the peat moor heading north for a few hundred yards. This walking is rugged and wet with no defined track, watch out for the peat bog! Ahead of you is a hillock, follow the bottom of the hillock north until you see a small burn and follow this down a gentle slope until you see the short machair grass and two wonderful sandy beaches ahead of you.

Traigh na Margaidh (Market Bay) is one of a very few sand beaches on the north coast of the Ross. However, it is one of the most scenic and secluded sands on the Ross with magnificent views to Staffa and North Mull. The Royal Family used to picnic here and perhaps "skinny dip" when they were cruising the western isles on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Return the way you came to the track, turn right onto it, and trace your steps back to the main road.

Wildlife Watch

Eagles, buzzards, kestrels, seals, otters, red deer, hen harrier, peregrine, Merlin, merganser and eider ducks.

Last amended 07/04/2013
2001 - 2013