Ulva Geology Walk - Route Details

Island of Ulva - Route Description



Ulva is a great location for seeing columnar basalt. The columns in Ulva have beeen described as second only to Staffa in terms of appearance. These rocks, part of what is known as the Staffa Lava Formation represent some of the oldest of the Tertiary lava flows in these islands. The columns look spectacular when seen close up from the shore.


The lavas also contain several good examples of sedimentary rocks between individual flows - these shwo that there were long periods of quiescence between eruptive episodes. And the shape and distribution of the columsn tell us a lot about the underlying landscape on which they were erupted. There is a great story to tell here


In addition to the columns there are also good examples of dykes and sills, volcanic ash and various textural features within the lavas themselves


At the western end of the route is the "Ulva Cave" or "Livingstone's Cave" - a superb example of a high level sea cave which shows evidence of human habitation


Ulva provides excellent walking on estate tracks, grassy paths and with superb sea views over to the mountains of central Mull. Most of the walking is easy although there are some rocky bits and the there are loose cobbles on the shore.













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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