Our bike ride for the fourth day started with a drop off at the Inverlussa Mussel Farm in Loch Spelve on the Isle of Mull. The Mussel Farm was only one of the farming operations on the Loch with several other mussel and salmon farms apparent across the bay.
This was our longest biking day at almost 37 miles (60 km). Luckily it started with a steep climb too! After climbing up from the port, we stopped at an overlook for the Three Lochs Viewpoint. This was our introduction to what was likely the most scenic day of riding of the trip. It was even better because there were almost no cars and no real civilization as we made our way across the island.
From there our ride circled back town to the coast and around the imposing Ben More, the highest peak on the island at 3,852′.
After heading North along the coast we rode past Loch Ba on the right and Loch Na Keal on the left. I was starting to wonder about the Scots’ definition of Loch (Lake) at this point, because Loch Na Keal was really a bay off the Atlantic Ocean.
Just before we reached the end of our ride in Salen, we stopped at the mausuleum for Major General Lachlan Macquarie. Macquarie is sometimes called the father of Australia, as he was the Governor of New South Wales (Australia) from 1809 to 1820. While Governor he was responsible for a tremendous amount of social change, and ultimately for changing Australia from a penal colony into a full British colony.