Walk: Skull-king around Tormore pier
|[Tormore beach - and a macabre sheep's skull on the pier]|
We had this quiet excursion to Tormore completely to ourselves on our July visit, despite the camper vans and tourist buses filling the streets at the start in Fionnphort. Pink granite excavated at Tormore quarry was once shipped off to Iona to build its beautiful abbey from the nearby, now crumbling pier. A track links the two, with a nice beach at the lower end and good views from the top level of the quarry. Apart from this stretch, paths are narrower and boggy at times; wearing waterproof boots would be wise.
|[View back to Iona from the entrance to Tormore quarry]|
Name: Walk: Skull-king around Tormore pier ★★★☆☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 70 metres
Points of interest: Fionnphort & beach; Tormore pier, beach & quarry
Start / finish: Street parking (some free) near Fionnphort post office, G.R.: NM 302233 ///relocated.resort.watched
Route: Start & Fionnphort - Fionnphort beach - Tormore pier & beach - Tormore lower then upper quarry - start
Terrain: Fairly clear, grassy paths, braided in places and quite boggy underfoot. Track between pier and lower quarry, with steps to reach upper quarry.
Wildlife today: Sheep and rabbits.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy with some sunshine and squally rain showers. Temperature in mid teens.
Route credit: Walkhighlands
|[First view of Tormore beach from the coast path]|
|[View back along the path to Fionnphort]|
|[Paths are boggy and a little overgrown in places]|
|[View from Tormore pier]|
|[Leaving Tormore pier behind]|
|[The only other visitor to Tormore today...]|
|[Entrance to Tormore quarry]|
|[Steps to ascend to the upper level of the quarry]|
|[Good views from the top of the quarry]|
|[Return to Fionnphort]|