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Bunessan village viewed from the road to Fionnphort
Bunessan is located in Argyll and Bute
Bunessan shown within Argyll and Bute
Population 300 (approx.)
OS grid reference NM381217
Civil parish
  • Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ISLE OF MULL
Postcode district PA67
Dialling code 01681
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
Coordinates: 56°18′58″N 6°14′06″W / 56.316°N 6.235°W / 56.316; -6.235
Bunessan Lighthouse
Eileanan Liathanaitch
Gray Islands
Bunessan is located in Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute
Location Gray Islands
Isle of Mull
Argyll and Bute
United Kingdom
Coordinates 56°20′34″N 6°16′22″W / 56.342770°N 6.272858°W / 56.342770; -6.272858
Year first constructed 1901 (first)
Year first lit 2001 (current)
Automated 2001
Deactivated 2001 (first)
Construction metal skeletal tower
Tower shape square parallelepiped tower with aluminium panels as daymark
Markings / pattern white tower
Height 5 metres (16 ft)
Focal height 12 metres (39 ft)
Characteristic Fl WR 6s.
Admiralty number A4102
NGA number 4008
ARLHS number SCO-026
Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[1]

Bunessan (Scottish Gaelic: Bun Easain) is a small village on the Ross of Mull in the south-west of the island of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland. The settlement is within the parish of Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon,[2] and is situated on the A849.[3]


The village population is about 300, including the surrounding areas of Millbrae, Fountainhead and Ardtun. A village hall is used for dances throughout the year. The primary school for the Ross of Mull is found in Bunessan.


Business has included crofting, a mill, weaving and a small fishing fleet, up to the end of the 20th century. Bunessan village has one hotel, The Argyll Arms (the only pub in the area), one grocery shop, a craft shop, and a small cafe/restaurant.

The village still has a thriving lobster fishery. Some of the largest lobsters in the west coast of Scotland can be found at the top[clarification needed] of Loch Scridain, in an area known as "The Pool".

Hymn tune[edit]

Bunessan lends its name to a hymn tune, originally associated with the Christmas carol "Child in the Manger".


Bunessan lighthouse is located on a skerry of Gray Island in the entrance to Loch na Lathaich and the harbour of Bunessan. The present lighthouse is a metal skeletal tower covered by white aluminium panel as day mark and the light on the top. The light emits a white or red flash, depending on the direction every 6 seconds.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bunessan Lighthouse The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 22 May 2016
  2. ^ "Details of Bunessan". Scottish Places. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "A849". Sabre. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 

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