Fionnphort, a small community on Isle of Mull which is a staging post to reach Iona


This evening, I am posting information on the small harbour village of Fionnphort which is located on the S.W. tip of the Isle of Mull which in turn is a large island off Scotland’s West coast.

Fionnphort translates from Gaelic as ‘fair’ or ‘holy’ port which is apposite because a short distance across the water is Iona on which St. Columba founded a monastery and such has a long Christian tradition dating back 1500 years.

Despite its tiny size, Fionnphort handles tens of thousands of visitors each year who pass through on the way to/from Iona.

More information as follows:
  • To reach Fionnphort entails a 35 mile/one hour drive from Craignure. Route mainly comprises a single track road which passes through stunning scenery and a couple of small villages. Along the route it is common to encounter sheep and cattle (including Highland Cows) wandering along the road.
  • The ferry trip to Iona takes about ten minutes. Motor vehicles are not normally allowed on Iona.
  • At Fionnphort it is possible to connect with a boat trip to the volcanic island of Staffa.
  • Fionnport is used for landing lobsters and other sea food for which Mull is famous.
  • There are various shops and food outlets to cater for the large number of visitors.
  • Good photo opportunities when weather conditions are favourable.
Sandy beach at Fionphort


Fionnphort from Iona


Lobster pots and view of Iona from Fionphort


Island scene at Fionnphort, Mull


View from Fionnphort towards Iona with ferry.



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