Pulpit Hill ~ The Ministers Hill ~ (Crannaig-A-Mhinister)
Pulpit Hill has always a favourite haunt of mine in all seasons. I'm asthmatic and find this is one place I can go and fill the lungs with good fresh air so if you see a handsome guy gulping like a fish out of water ~ ~
The name Pulpit Hill has, as you'd expect, religious connections, having been a place of worship in days gone by. (I expect that after that climb they deserved a blessing!)
Visit here on a winters day and it doesn't take much to imagine the fire and brimstone sermons that would be handed down from the pulpit.
The Priests, or Ministers Stone, which formed that pulpit is still there.
There are inscriptions on it which I've never been able to fathom so if you suss it out please drop me a line and let me know.
It's a great place for finding your bearings thanks to the indicator stone that's there - you know the kind of thing, arrows, directions and distances. On a clear day when you can see all the islands to the west and mountains the rest of the way round it's interesting to find out for certain what you're ooohing and aaaahing at. It was gifted to the town in 1930 - not sure by who but it's made by Doulton so perhaps them?
One prominent feature not on the indicator right between the arrows for Dunollie Castle and Dunstaffnage Castle is Battleship Hill which was used as a look-out point and gun enplacement during the second world war and is another excellent vantage point.
MV Isle of Mull Entering Oban bay between Kerrera & Maiden Island
On foot:- ~ ~ from the Royal Hotel in Argyll Square head up Albany Street (Ferries, Police Station, Tourist Info office on the corner) After you cross the railway bridge carry straight on 50m to the bottom of Pulpit Hill.
Take the well signposted shortcut up Haggarts Brae. At the top keep heading up for 20m, take the rough track and at the top once again follow the signposts up the steps to the top.
Rest your weary legs, take a deep breath and go admire the view!
By car:- ~ ~ ( Lazy, but hey you're on holiday after all so take it easy ...)
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