GRASS POINT

Photograph of Grass Point Ferry Pier, Isle of Mull.

©Barry Turner 2015

 

SIMPLY MULL

SIMPLY MULL

Grass Point

 

Located in the south-east of Mull, Grass Point lies below Loch Don on the south shore of the loch on the Moss headland.

 

It is reach by taking the turning south of Lochdon village onto an unclassified road which passes over a narrow and very picturesque bridge.

 

The bridge runs over the outflow of the Abhainn Lirein (river) which passes under the A849 further south then across into the Leth-Fhonn marshes and out into Loch Don. The marsh itself and the ground right up to the A849 from the Grass Point road is very popular with Red Deer and is also know for Hen Harriers and the occasional Osprey.

 

Grass  Point lies at the end of a fairly narrow single track road which runs through woodland. A sharp bend on a steep hill half way along the road then descends opening up a very good view across the sea to the Isle of Kerrera and Oban. The open ground beyond the hill is also a popular place with Red Deer and you may see Raptors anywhere along this road.

 

The road ends at Grass Point Pier which was once the main ferry point for reaching Mull before Craignure took over this task.

 

Ferries reached Grass Point via Barnabuck on Kerrera’s west coast and the Mull terminus was called Auchnacraig rather than Grass Point. The large Farm House near where the road drops towards Grass Point still bears the name Auchnacraig. Please see the 1832 Map extract below.

 

Grass Point Pier is in very good condition and the old Ferry House stands close to it and is now a holiday home. Parking is very limited at Grass Point and even though the public road ends in front of the Old Ferry House, there can be issues with the owners when turning around and parking in the summer season. Well worth a visit, Grass Point is part of the history of Mull.

Photogtraph of The Old Ferry House, Grass Point, Isle of Mull.
Photograph of the Stone Seal, Grass Point, Isle of Mull.
Photograph of the Ferry Slipway and Pier, Grass Point, Isle of Mull.
Photograph of a rainbow over the Ferry slipway and pier, Grass Point, Isle of Mull.
Photograph of Grass Point, Isle of Mull with Mull's mountains in the background.
Photograph of John Thomson's Atlas of Scotland 1832 from National Libraries of Scotland showing the old ferry route to Grass Point
Photograph of Ardnadrochit Farm, Grass Point Road, Isle of Mull.
Photograph of The old ferry pier and slipway, Grass Point, Isle of Mull.
Photograph of a panoramic view from Auchnacraig across the fields towards Grass Point with Kerrera and Oban in the distance.

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