Loch Bà Ring Dyke Geology Walk - Route Details

Loch Bà Ring Dyke, Knock, Isle of Mull - Route Description

 

 

The Loch  Bà Ring Dyke (LBRD) is a geological feature of global significance. Described at the time of its discovery as "the most perfect example of a ring dyke known to science" it has been well studied and documented

 

It forms a prominent wall of rock rising from the shore of Loch Bà in central Mull and represents the edge of a collapsed volcano. The rock is primarily felsite (a type of granitic rock) but with inclusions og more basaltic material giving it a very distinctive appearance.

 

The dyke is one of the last manifestations of Tertiary igneous activity in Mull almost 60 million years ago. However there are other dykes which cut across it, one of which forms a spectacular chasm

 

This wlak involves a bit of hillwalking and the particiapnt needs to be reasonably fit and OK walking on rough ground. The walk follows an old stalkers track fro much of the way but the fround can be boggy in places, esp after rain. The views down on to Loch Bà and North Mull are spectacular

The walk will be taken at a gentle pace and there is a lot to see both on and from the stalkers path before the dyke itself is reached. Route details are shown below


 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: On the above map, part of  the Ring Dyke is actually visible in the satellite image

 

 

 

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NB: A trip may need to be cancelled or  postponed due to weather. If there is a possibility of this happening (due to a bad forecast),  a confirmation text / email will be sent the night before a trip to confirm that it is definitely going ahead.  




Geology of Mull and Iona - Further Information

 

 There is a phenomenal amount of interesting geology to be seen and experienced in these islands. For more information on it, please have a look at my other site "Geology of Mull & Iona" which hopefully will provide you with detailed up to date information as well as pictures and other resources