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Fionnphort

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Population  80 (approx.)
Country  Scotland
Post town  ISLE OF MULL
Dialling code  01681
Council area  Argyll and Bute
Scottish parliament  Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference  NM301232
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Postcode district  PA66
Local time  Sunday 3:14 AM
Lieutenancy area  Argyll and Bute
UK parliament constituency  Argyll and Bute
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Weather  8°C, Wind SE at 26 km/h, 97% Humidity

Fionnphort ( /ˈfɪnəfɔərt/, [ˈfjun̪ˠafɔrˠt̪]) is the principal port of the Ross of Mull, and the second largest settlement in the area (its population is approximately 80). The village's name is the anglicised pronunciation of the gaelic for "White Port" and previous names have included Caol Idhe, gaelic for "Sound of Iona".

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Map of Fionnphort, Isle of Mull, UK

History

Historically, Fionnphort has been a fishing village offering religious pilgrims and tourists access to Iona; more recently, it has facilitated the movement of stone from a quarry in the vicinity. The granite which was extracted from Tòrr Mòr Quarry until around 1907 was highly prized for its density and hardness.

Geography

The beach at Fionnphort has a distinctive split granite boulder in the centre that is classed as an erratic and deposited here by an ice age glacier. The beach has a car park and a nearby cemetery.

From Fionnphort, the entire east side of Iona can be seen, including Iona Abbey. To the south of the village lies the district of Fidden and the island of Erraid, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Kidnapped and accessible to walkers at low tide.

Economy

Fionnphort has an active fishing industry, noted principally for shellfish, particularly crabs and lobsters, the majority of which are exported by container truck to Spain and France.

In April 2008, residents finally had the opportunity to use a cash machine, putting an end to a 100-mile round-trip to Salen villagers previously had to endure. Sandy Brunton, the local postmaster said that residents are claiming they now have the best view from a cash dispenser anywhere in Britain: "As you stand at the ATM, you have a view of Iona to the west, Coll to the north and looking east you can see the island's only Munro, Ben More."

Transport

Fionnphort is the base of the ferry service between Mull and Iona, and also boat trips to the isle of Staffa.

References

Fionnphort Wikipedia


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