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Bunessan village viewed from the road to Fionnphort
Bunessan is located in Argyll and Bute
Population 107 (1961)
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 Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
  • Argyll and Bute
Scottish Parliament
  • Argyll and Bute
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56°18′58″N 6°14′06″W / 56.316°N 6.235°W / 56.316; -6.235

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


In 1961 it had a population of 107. 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 (now home to the Ross of Mull Historical Centre), weaving and a small fishing fleet, up to the end of the 20th century. The village still has a lobster fishery.

Bunessan village has one hotel, The Argyll Arms (the only pub in the area), one grocery shop and a craft shop.

Hymn tune

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


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.

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