Ardnacross, in Gaelic means place of the crossing, was ideally sited for occupation by prehistoric people. It is fertile ground, near to the sea, a source of food and access to other coastal communities, its importance is underlined by the number of Bronze Age sites (2600-600BC) in a relatively small area. Details of these sites can be found on the “Stones” page.
A boat crossing between the bay below Ardnacross where the outline of the old boathouse can be seen to Rhemore on Morvern opposite Ardnacross, is believed to have been one of the early crossings between the Isle of Mull and the Morvern area of the Scottish mainland.
The Sound of Mull has for many years been a haven to ships during rough weather. The narrow geography of the sound could also present navigational problems in a bad North-Westerly or South-Easterly gale. The wrecks in the area are testament to the unforgiving nature of the wind and the waves.