- The Ross
July 23, 2019
A new 1.6 km footpath has been opened from Fionnphort to Creich around part of picturesque Loch Pottie, allowing locals and visitors to walk safely and with a lot more enjoyment. At the Bunkrooms we are very fortunate to look out on Loch Pottie, but until the path was open it was difficult to get near the edge of the loch which can be wild and boggy. With as little disturbance as possible to the natural habitat around the loch, the path has opened up lovely views and vistas, even providing seating to admire the scenery and watch out for wildlife. The path project was a community initiative, several years in the making, and much credit is due to the path committee for finding a way forward to fund the project agains the odds. Bunkhouse guests can now access the path from the bottom of the drive and walk or cycle off-road to Fionnphort with the chance of seeing lots of bird and plant species en route as well as the local highland cow herd and sheep. The two cows having a picnic on the side of the loch are part of the magnificent local Scarecrow Trail, organised as part of the local Mull and Iona Gala.
The name Loch Pottie is from the Gaelic name of "Loch Poit na h-I" which means "Pot of Iona". It is thought the name arose from the monks of Iona fishing the loch for its brown trout and as a source of fresh water.