Saturday, November 19, 2011

Adventures on the Isle of Mull

With Siobhan on a Doula course in Edinburgh and nothing better to do, the boys and I rounded up Uncle Paddy and headed off for the Inner Hebrides for a weekend of fun and adventure.

So here we are, Siobhan is on course in the big city and Tadhg, Brendan, Paddy and myself are on the beautiful Isle of Mull.

Determined to have a quick start to our Saturday, we got the boys fed, dressed and out for our first walk. Before we even started to head out towards the Treshnish Headland, the boys already began bouldering on this small outcrop.

After exploring along an old stone dry wall, Brendan was the 'expedition leader' as he likes to put it. Leading the way and checking the path for dangers.

 Here we are on the headland looking for a way down.

Finally we found this path which opened up towards the raise beach.


Once we were down by the water, the boys were in their element, yet again.....throwing rocks into the water.


At one point the ways got a little bit bigger and the tide start to move in. It's amazing how Brendan is very aware of tides and very cautious about it. I think he has watched a bit too much Fireman Sam.

As for Tadhg, he's hilarious. He just decided to plop his butt down on the ground in order for him to pile rocks in his lap, mumbling to himself and singing as he did it

On the way back up to the car, I mentioned to Brendan that the Isle of Mull was made from volcanic activity a long time ago. This obviously sparked Brendan’s curiosity and the 100+ follow-on questions about 'volcanoes, lava, is it dangerous, will the houses fall, etc…' This is Paddy continuing the conversation using a balloon as an analogy. We think it satisfied his curiosity. Oh, and once Brendan was done, Tadhg decided to start asking question as well about volcanoes.

Not sure how this happened but I turned around and Paddy was on the ground with the boys piling up on him. I guess it was dog-pile on Paddy time.

After our walk, we got in the car and head for Tobermory. It is were they filmed the children's T.V. show Balamory. Although Brendan wasn't very interested at first, Tadhg keep going on about it.

Here's Brendan pointing out PC Plums house.

Before the sun went down, we headed off to Ardtun in order to check out the fossilized leaves but between the strong wind, sideways rain and two cold children, we only made it 3/4 of the way.

We came across these old boats on our way back to Tobermory where we had a nice but quick dinner in a pub (mac-&-cheese for the boys and fish-n-chips for us) before we saw..... TINTIN. Yup, all four of us went to see it in the Screen Machine, a mobile theater which provides cinema service to the remote Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Apart from having to go out for 5 bathroom breaks, Tadhg even enjoyed the movie and was well behaved.

Hope you're having fun on course Mummy...... See you soon.


jo said...

looks like my idea of heaven. can't wait to take my lot there sometime soon.

an outdoor playgroup said...

Let us know when. Maybe we'll join you guys.