Fionnphort

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Fionnphort is a small Village on the southwest coast of the Isle of Mull. The largest town on the Island, Tobermory, is 55 miles northeast, and the Ferry Port village of Craignure 35 miles east. The Village is popular for the Ferry to the Isle of Iona with Iona Abbey, and Boat Trips to the Isle of Staffa for Fingals Cave, some of the top attractions in Scotland.

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The image top is looking down towards Fionnphort with the Coach Park left, Beach right, and Isle of Iona with Iona Abbey about 1 mile across the sea.

The Village is mainly a row of house and shops including a Gift Shop that run down to the Harbour.

The Coach Park can be busy with coach tours from the Mainland and Local Coaches. The main coach company on Mull is West Coast Motors with their website giving information on coach travel around the island. West Coast run a regular service between Craignure and Fionnphort, normally timed to suit the Ferries.

By the Harbour is a Cafe / Diner with a waiting room for the Ferry to Iona with a crossing time of around 10 minutes with only a small fee. Ferries run about every 30 minutes. There is also a small Seafood Bar.

The Harbour is also popular for the Boat Tours to the Isle of Staffa with Fingals Cave, with its huge basalt columns. Similar columns can be seen at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Two companies that run boat trips to Staffa are Staffa Tours and Staffa Trips.

Fionnphort History

500s - Fionnphort grew as a fishing port and for boats traveling to the Isle of Iona after St Columba founded an Abbey on Iona. This was one of the first Christian Churches in Scotland, attracting many Pilgrims, including Scottish Kings, many who are believed to be buried at Iona Abbey.

1800s - Torr Mor Quarry was the main employer in the area with its Hard Pinkish Granite being used in buildings around the world such as Lighthouses, Liverpool Docks, and Blackfriars Bridge in London.

1847 - Queen Victoria visits the Isle of Staffa, leading to mass tourism and regular boat trips from Fionnphort to Staffa, about 7 miles in distance.

1900s - small red boats were used to transfer people between Mull and the Isle of Iona.

1979 - a small car ferry named Morven began operating between Fionnphort and Iona capable of carrying 4 cars.

1992 - the small car ferry named Loch Buie capable of carrying 10 cars and 250 passengers replaced the Morven.

1990s - Torr Mor Quarry closed.

Today - Fionnphort can be fairly busy with tourists in coaches and cars visiting the Isle of Iona and Iona Abbey. The boat tours also attract many visitors, and the area has a good selection of B&Bs and Guest Houses.



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