Findhorn Foundation, Erraid, Isle of Mull

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The Isle of Erraid is a tidal island approximately one mile square in area located in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It lies west of Mull and southeast of Iona. The island receives about 100cm of rain and 1,350 hours of sunshine annually, making it one of the driest and sunniest places on the western seaboard of Scotland. It is attended by numerous uninhabited small islets, the largest being Eilean Dubh, Eilean nam Muc, Eilean Chalmain, Eilean Ghomain and Eilean na Seamair.The island features a disused signal station for the lighthouses on Dubh Artach and Skerryvore and a row of cottages built for the lighthouse keepers.Satish Kumar has also visited the island and his autobiography includes an account of the event.The island is privately owned and is home to an intentional community, part of the Findhorn Foundation.There is a well-known anchorage on the western side of the island called 'Tinker's Hole'. It is a deep but narrow channel between Erraid and the westernmost of the islets called Eilean Dubh.KidnappedErraid is one of the locations featured in the novel Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. David Balfour, the hero of this tale was marooned for a while on the island having been shipwrecked on the Torran Rocks, which lie to the south. Stevenson's father, Thomas was involved in the construction of the nearby lighthouses, and the stones for Dhu Heartach were quarried on the island, and the young Robert Louis visited the island on several occasions, recalling one such excursion in his book Memories and Portraits. He later based the fictional island of Aros, the setting of his short story "The Merry Men", on the island.
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  • We spent a wonderful afternoon walking to and enjoying Erraid. There's always something special about being able to walk to an island and this one is particularly evocative, given the literary link to...  more »
  • An extraordinary place, the beautifully in a nice sunny day. The main thing to know high tide and low tide. You can spend the whole day there
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  • First off, I wanted to add this to my review of Mull, which I hastily posted. So, I haven't been to Erraid. Though our boat from Iona did sail around Erraid. Erraid can actually be reached by land fro...  more »
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  • A beautiful place with lovely people, great energy. Small community. Come if you wish to spend time with others and enjoy the views.
  • Beeches here are breathtaking. On a sunny day this could be on of the most bonnie place on earth!
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