The mountains around Loch Ba owe their origin to a fiery volcanic landscape more than 60million years ago, then a period of erosion by weather and water and finally smoothed off by glacial ice between 29,000 and 14,700 years ago.
Loch Ba also plays an important role in the myths and legends of Mull. Cailleach Bheur was a giantess who was so tall that when she waded in the Sound of Mull the water barely reached her knees. For many years she lived in the square of granite rocks near the shore in South West Mull. In order to remain eternally young, every hundred years she needed to emerge herself in Loch Ba before any creatures or people were awake. After her successful dook in Loch Ba her years fell away. Unfortunately one morning as she was tottering down to the Loch for her 100 year dip a faint bark from a shepherd’s restless dog was heard in the distance and the spell was broken and Cailleach Bheur sadly expired.
Now a day Loch Ba is more famous for its salmon both wild and farmed, its wonderful wildlife including deer, both red and fallow and eagles, both golden and white-tailed and its enchanting landscape