Isle of Mull
Inner Hebrides

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Mull is a large, unspoilt island with a coastline of over 300 miles, yet its population is only about 2,800 (2011 figures). Much-visited for its scenery (hills, waterfalls, sea caves, forest walks and beaches), it is also very popular for fishing and is home to 2 golf courses (at Tobermory and Craignure).

The southern and western parts of the island are where you will find the mountains. The highest of them all at 3169 feet is Ben More whose scree slopes are the remnants of a volcano which exploded 60 million years ago.

Many tours of the island and its neighbours (Iona, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles) are available. Tour information is provided at the end of this webpage after the sightseeing section.

Those of you with young children will know of the BBC TV series called Balamory - much of which was filmed in Tobermory.

Tobermory
Tobermory photo © The Internet Guide to Scotland

How to get to Mull

Map of Mull
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The official Caledonian Macbrayne website lists the current timetables in detail. Tel: 01475 650 100 / fax: 01475 635 235 or for vehicle reservations telephone 08705 650000. The summer timetable operates from end March - mid October. The ferries in winter are generally less frequent.

Vehicle ferry from Oban to Craignure:
The ferry runs between Oban (90 miles north of Glasgow) and Craignure 5 or 6 times every day day during the summer and is usually very busy. The journey takes about 40 minutes. Vehicle reservation required.

Vehicle ferry from Lochaline to Fishnish:
Lochaline is 72 miles from Oban. Fishnish is 6 miles north of Craignure.
The ferry runs frequently back and forwards, and takes 15 minutes. It is only a small ferry, so you can't make a reservation for your vehicle - you just queue up and wait for your turn. Prices & timetables.

Vehicle ferry from Kilchoan to Tobermory:
The journey takes 35 minutes. It is only a small ferry, so you can't make a reservation for your vehicle - you just queue up and wait for your turn. Prices & timetables.
Kilchoan is 84 miles from Oban by road.

Kilchoan ferry at Tobermory
Ferry at Tobermory © The Internet Guide to Scotland

Travellers' Tips
You'll need to take your time driving on the narrow, twisting roads. It may only be 20 miles from Craignure to Tobermory, but it can take a good 45 minutes by car. And if you're driving from Craignure to catch the ferry over to Iona, you'll need about an hour.

As for public transport, there are 3 regular bus services on Mull:

  • Craignure to Tobermory
  • Craignure to Fionnphort
  • Tobermory to Calgary Bay

These operate in conjunction with the ferry arrivals/departures. You can buy day tickets which enable you to hop on and off as many times as you like. See the timetables or phone 01546 604 695 for details.

Tour information - including day trips from Oban, wildlife excursions, self drive tours, and hiking trips - click here.

Taxi Service:

  • Tobermory Taxis - 5-seater black cab - tel: 07810 666222
  • Mull Taxi Service - 7 seater VW Transporter available for island tours, ferry pick-ups, etc. Contact Alan Robson - 07760 426351
  • Mull & Iona Taxi. Transport by 8-seater minibus. Airport collections. Private tours available. Member of the Argyll Islands Tourist Guides Association. Contact David Greenhalgh. Tel: 01681 700 507 / Mobile: 0788 777 4550.

Car hire:

Bike hire:

  • Brown's shop, Main Street, Tobermory. Tel: 01688 302020.
  • On Yer Bike at Inverinate, Salen near Aros (not far from Tobermory). Contact Babs Whyte. Telephone 01680 300501. Open Easter - October only.
  • Blazing Saddles Cycle Hire at Seaview Guest House in Fionnphort (ferry for Iona). Tel 01681 700 235. Mountain, ladies and children’s cycles available to suit most sizes, on a half daily, daily, 4 day and weekly hire. Safety helmets and child seats are available at no extra cost. Pick up and drop off of cycles locally can be arranged if booked in advance. Discounted cycling holiday package available.

Activities:

Events on Mull for 2014 include:

Visit the events diary on the Tobermory web site to find out what's on.

My travellers' tips file may also be useful if you are planning a trip to Scotland. It covers airlines, national car hire, train information, maps, etc.

What to see on Mull

WILDLIFE
Mull has lots of opportunities for wildlife spotting from birds to marine mammals and over 4000 plant species.
Guided walks with local Wildlife Rangers operate throughout the year.
Explore the forests of Mull courtesy of the Foresty Commission free leaflet.

Watch a pair of nesting sea eagles from the new hide in Glen Seilisdeir. Guided trips are made with an RSPB ranger Monday to Friday at 10am and 1pm. Booking is essential. The meeting point is off the B8035 Salen Road at approximately grid reference NM 480 303. Contact the Visitor Information Centre at Craignure - tel: 01680 812556. Follow the sea eagle blog. Sea eagles can also be seen in other parts of Mull (especially around Loch na Keal, Glen More and Loch Scridain).

Boat trips to see whales and dolphins are available from various places on Mull - please see links below.

TOBERMORY
With its shops and restaurants, Tobermory is the capital of Mull and is well known for the brightly painted buildings of its seafront.

Tobermory
Photo © The Internet Guide to Scotland

There is a Youth Hostel here in the main street, together with a bank, post office, butcher, chemist, hairdresser, launderette, supermarket and garage. Shops include a chandlery, clothes shop, art gallery, book shop, Mull Pottery, and Isle of Mull Silvers & Goldsmiths.
Browns is an Aladdin's cave and features fishing gear, whisky, gifts and many useful items to be found in the ironmongery section.
Island Bakery Organics has a delicatessen and lots of quality foodstuffs.
See the bottom of this page for restaurants and places to eat.

In the summer, daily trips for sea fishing or wildlife viewing are available from Tobermory - to book, go into 'Tackle and Books' in the main street (telephone 01688 302336).

Boat trips are also available from Tobermory onboard the Solais Na Mara (a wooden ketch).
If you book a trip with them via the Calmac ferry office in Oban, a courtesy bus is available from Craignure to Tobermory (mid May - mid September).

The harbour is often full of boats and yachts. It's also popular with divers too, possibly searching for gold bullion from the Spanish galleon Florida which took refuge in Tobermory bay in 1588 and was blown up by the local clan.

Tobermory Distillery
Photo © The Internet Guide to Scotland

Check out Tobermory Chocolate on Main Street which includes a shop with handmade chocs and cafe.

The Tobermory Distillery at the far end has a visitor centre and offers guided tours (tel: 01688 302645).

Along from the distillery, and the nearby pub/restaurant, you will find Explore Mull which provides alsorts of visitor information and booking services in their new exhibition trailer. Tel: 07812 543190.

Taigh Solais is the new Marine Visitor Centre by the harbour/marina. The centre includes a small aquarium with touch pools, 20-seat cinema room, gift shop, etc. Tel: 01688 302876.
The building is also home to the Sea Life Surveys which operatess boat trips to see whales, dolphins, sharks, porpoise, seals and seabirds. Tel: 01688 302916.

At number 28 on the Main Street, you can visit the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust which has a multimedia exhibition and gift shop. Open during the summer Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and weekends from 11am-5pm.

The museum on Main Street is open Easter - mid-October, Monday - Friday (10am - 4pm). Operated solely by volunteers. Donations welcome.
The web site for the Mull Historical & Archaeological Society is also interesting if you are interested in the island's heritage.

In 1997, the old Victorian Gothic primary school opened as the home of An Tobar Arts Centre with exhibition, cafe, plus performance and youth projects spaces. This can be found up the steep hill on Argyll Terrace (Tel: 01688 302 211 / Fax: 01688 302 218). The cafe and shop are open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm.

Tobermory museum
Photo © The Internet Guide to Scotland

The Mull Little Theatre has new premises at Druimfin, just outside Tobermory. The company also has many touring shows (01688 302828).

From Tobermory, you can walk to the nearby Rubha nan Gall lighthouse at Strangers' Point. Go down to the pier and take the wooded path along the hillside. It can be narrow and muddy in places, so not everybody might want to go - especially if you don't like heights. You can retrace your steps to Tobermory, or this can be turned into a circular walk with a bit of a scramble up the hill to the golf course.

Another walk from Tobermory starts at the other end of town near the distillery. The footpath runs along the hillside heading northwards. On the way you will see foxgloves and rhododendrons. Make a detour to the two waterfalls and look over to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The path will lead you to Lochan a Ghurrabain where there are toilets and a lake.

Aros Park is also accessible more directly by road. The local Forest Enterprise also hosts guided walks and activities throughout the summer season all over the island.

Aros Park
Photo © The Internet Guide to Scotland

Just outside Tobermory village, you'll find the Gallery and Café/Bistro of Mull Pottery (which has WiFi access) and also Martin Guppy's shop - full of his postcards, calendars and photos.

Tobermory Open Farm is about 1 mile outside of Tobermory and is ideal for kids. Tea room, play area, go-karts, woodland walks, pheasants and farm animals. Open daily from the end of March until October. Tel: 01688 302941.

Robert Pollock describes the standing stones south of Tobermory.

winter photo
Photo © Glengorm Castle

GLENGORM CASTLE
You can also go walking in the forest to the north of Tobermory near Glengorm Castle which offers self-catering and B&B accommodation.
You can visit the castle's coffee shop, farm shop & art gallery (daily from Easter to October). The Glengorm Wildlife Steward can offer guided walks from 2 - 6 hours. Contact tel: 01688 302 321. Wildlife lectures, children's activities and workshops also available.
There is a track from here leading to some standing stones and the ruins of Dun Ara Fort.

Glengorm Castle was built in 1860 for James Forsyth, the laird of the Dervaig Clearances which forced hundreds of people out of their homes. It is said that the laird asked a local woman what she thought would be a good name for the castle. She suggested Glengorm and he agreed. Little did the laird realise that this was Gaelic for Blue Glen - a reference to the blue smoke that filled the air when so many of the houses were destroyed on his orders.

DERVAIG (8 miles west of Tobermory)
Village resting in the bottom of the valley near Loch a'Chumhainn.
The Dervaig Producers' Market is frequently held in the summer on alternate Sunday afternoons in the village hall - local produce & crafts, tea, coffee & cakes. Contact Cath on 01688 400474.

Dervaig is home to The Bellachroy - the oldest inn on Mull. Renowned for good food (including many local seafood specialities), this 6-bedroom hotel has a friendly pub with regular entertainment. Tel: 01688 400314.

Near Dervaig is the award-winning Old Byre Heritage Centre which recreates life on Mull during the 19th century. Tea room and gift shop. Tel: 01688 400229.

From Croig near Dervaig, you can take a full day cruise or whale watching trip (8 hours approx.). Contact Inter-Island Cruises (Tel/Fax: 01688 400264).

Before you reach Dervaig along the road from Tobermory, if you have a good map of the area, you might like to explore some of the nearby standing stones. You will see a couple marked on the map to the left of this road, then closer to the village are the Kilmore standing stones located just inside the forest on the right. From there you can go deeper into the forest and after around half a mile you will see another clearing containing yet more stones by Maol Mor. Robert Pollock has produced an excellent guide with diagrams covering some of these stones.

CALGARY BAY (13 miles west of Tobermory)
A popular sandy beach with toilets. You might spot buzzards here. The Calgary Beach Sailing Club offers dinghy hire and tuition from May to October (tel: 0777 6130224 / 01688 400 465).
At the Carthouse Gallery & Tearoom you can see lots of local artwork. Light lunches and home baking available. Tel: 01688 400 256.
Calgary Art In Nature includes pieces of sculpture within the woods at Calgary.
Calgary Castle, dating from about 1775, is available for self-catering lets (8 double/twin bedrooms).
Robert Pollock describes the nearby Cillchriosd standing stone.

TRESHNISH POINT
If you are driving around the island, continue on southwards from Calgary and take a walk to Treshnish Point which has great views of the Treshnish Isles. Treshnish Farm offers a variety of eco-friendly self catering accommodation including cottages, a studio and blackhouses. Visit their web site for photos of this dramatic coastline. Take a look at their nature blog and farm blog. There's supposed to be a cave near here which was once used as an illicit still.

ULVA AND GOMETRA (just off the west coast of Mull)
Continue on the B8073, past the Eas Fors waterfall and you will reach Ulva Ferry. A small boat takes passengers over the Isle of Ulva ('wolf island' in Norse) where the grandfather of the explorer David Livingstone was a crofter. On the south shore is the burial ground of the Macquaries who owned the island for 800 years. Once, 500 people lived here, but the Highland Clearances put paid to that. Today the Boathouse tea room with heritage display, and nature trails have been set up on the island. Visit ulva.mull.com for further details and photos.
For camping and general enquiries contact Jamie Howard (tel: 01688 500264).
Passenger ferry only for the short crossing from Ulva Ferry (operates on demand) - contact Donald Munro (tel: 01688 500226). No Saturday service.
You can also take the bridge from Ulva to its neighbouring island of Gometra.

Along the western coast of Mull, you are quite likely to see seals on the rocks if you look carefully for them.

Turus Mara boat trips operate from Ulva Ferry (opposite the island of Ulva). They offer day trips to Staffa, Treshnish Isles and Iona. Telephone 01688 400 242 or freephone 08000 85 87 86. A courtesy bus available from Tobermory. A full package of coach/ferry/cruise is available from Oban - contact the Caledonian Macbrayne Tourshop in the Ferry Terminal Building, Railway Pier, Oban (tel: 01631 562244).

Duart castle photo
Photo © The Internet Guide to Scotland 2008

DUART CASTLE (near Craignure) - Official web site at duartcastle.com
For those arriving on from Oban the CalMac ferry at Craignure without transport, look out for the bus with the Duart Castle logo - it will take you direct to the castle. At Craignure, the Duart Coach meets the 9.50am, 11.55am and 2pm ferries, Sunday to Friday. On Saturdays, the coach meets the 9.30am, 11.45am and 2pm ferries. This operates from April to mid October. Read more about the Duart Coach Package. Tickets can be purchased from the ferry office in Oban.

This castle dates from the 13th century and was probably built for the MacDougalls. In the late 14th century, it became the seat of the MacLean Clan when the tower house was added. The family left the castle in the latter part of the 17th century when they retreated to the Treshnish Isles. Subsequently, Government troops took the castle and held it for some years.

For over a hundred years it lay in ruin until it was bought and restored in 1911/12 by Sir Fitzroy MacLean. Duart Castle now houses much MacLean memorabilia. You can visit the kitchen, Banqueting Hall, the Sea Room and various bedrooms. Upstairs via spiral staircase is the story of the MacLean chiefs and you can also walk out onto the battlements. Prisoners (models really) from the Spanish Armada are kept in the dungeon.

Artefacts have been found on the wreck of a Cromwellian warship which sank in Duart Bay in 1653. The Swan was lost (possibly in a storm) whilst on a mission to attack Duart Castle and the pro-Royalist Macleans. Identified 4 years ago, the wreck lies in 42 ft of water and changes in the silt have now made it possible for divers to recover various items. In August 1996 the binnacle (including the ship's compass) was sent to a laboratory at the National Museum of Scotland.

For 2014, the castle will be open from 1 April until mid October. Free parking and entry to the grounds. Limited disabled access. Telephone: 01680 812309
The castle was used as a location in the 1999 movie Entrapment starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

TOROSAY CASTLE (near Craignure)
Sitting in twelve acres of ornamental gardens, Torosay Castle is a Victorian mansion built in 1858 by the Scottish architect David Bryce. It was open to the public for many years but then closed and was sold in 2012 to a private buyer.

Torosay Castle
Photo © The Internet Guide to Scotland 2008

CRAIGNURE
The ferry arrives here from Oban. There is a tourist information centre, inn, filling station, cafe, grocers & post office, as well as a swimming pool and golf course. Cycle hire is available from Kells Gallery & Crafts (tel: 01680 812580).

SALEN
The small village of Salen sits at the narrowest point of the island, approximately halfway between Craignure and Tobermory. A minor road cuts across the island from here on the east coast to Gruline on the west coast. It is also convenient for the Fishnish ferry to Lochaline.
Facilities in the village include a supermarket, laundrette, filling station and post office. There are 2 hotels and a coffee shop. An Agricultural Show is held here each year in August.
The ruins of Aros Castle stand on the north side of Salen Bay.
Pennygown Chapel is 2 miles to the south of the village. Although now in ruins, it is still worth a visit as its graveyard has some interesting carved grave slabs.

Southern Mull

The A849 road from Craignure which heads for the western coast of Mull is a very scenic route with many hills and lochs. It follows the route that pilgrims to Iona used to follow. Drive past Loch Don and you will come to the Old Mill Guest House. Next is Loch Spelve with its mussel farm, otters and hundreds of birds.

At Ardura you can take a track down to Lochbuie, home of the MacLaines and site of Moy Castle and a Bronze Age stone circle. Robert Pollock has produced an excellent guide with diagrams covering the stone circle and also a standing stone.

Back on the main A849 road you soon enter the valley of Glen More, a 6-mile-diameter crater of an extinct volcano.

Some 15 miles after leaving Craignure, the road splits in two. Continue on westwards to Pennyghael and Bunessan where there's a shop, hotel and the Ross of Mull Historical Centre
Robert Pollock describes stone at Ardalanish Bay south of Bunessan.
From Bunessan you can continue onto Fionnphort if you wish to reach Iona.

Otherwise, take the B8035 road leading northwards. On the Ardmeanach Peninsula (west of Ben More) is MacKinnon's Cave, near Balmeanach Farm. It is deeper than Fingal's Cave on Staffa. Inside is a huge stone called Fingal's Table, believed to have been used as an altar. South of this spot is MacCulloch's Tree, which was fossilised 50 million years ago and sits trapped in lava. You will need to be good walkers to reach these places. You can only enter the cave at low tide - so take care to watch the level of the sea.

Back on the B8035, just before the turn to Salen, north of Knock, is the Macquarie Mausoleum which contains the remains of the man known as the Father of Australia, who was born on the island of Ulva.

CARSAIG ARCHES AND NUNS' CAVE
If you stay on the A849, heading towards Iona, you will see a turn to Carsaig. The Carsaig Arches are a group of sea-made tunnels on the southern coast. Nearby, the Nuns' Cave has strange carvings, said to be the work of the sisters chased out of Iona at the time of the Reformation. These places are not easy to get to. Access to them is only possible at low tide, so watch out you don't get trapped by the sea.

FIONNPHORT
At the end of the A849 road, you reach this village where the ferry takes passengers over to Iona. There are several places to stay overnight, a restaurant, and the ferry office. Fingal Arts & Crafts has a good selection of gifts.
Look across to Iona and you will see the Abbey. The Saint Columba Welcome and Exhibition Centre and Iona Abbey Information Point in Fionnphort is open daily 11am - 5pm, April - September. Email hs.ionaabbey@scotland.gov.uk. Tel: 01681 706400.

ISLE OF ERRAID
This information was kindly contributed by Paul Johnson and Debbie Herron:
'Along with a rich history of lighthouse builders and keepers, it also offered home to R.L. Stephenson and his family when he wrote Kidnapped. Indeed, a small bay on the south of the island is still carries the name of Balfour Bay. Some have said that Treasure Island was inspired by this and the surrounding islands. Currently it is home to a small group of people from the Findhorn Foundation (click for info). They manage and farm the island as an almost self sustainable community. A true permaculture. Always open to visitors and guests, the community provide facilities and services for anyone wishing to 'try out' their simple but spiritual way of life. Not dominated by the constraints of formal religion, all are welcome to share in their very rich, and rewarding life.'
Erraid is a tidal island just south of Fionnphort. Visit the Erraid web site.

CRANNOGS
Nine crannogs (ancient loch dwellings) on Mull have been surveyed by Mark Holley.

Excursion to Ardnamurchan & Morven (on the mainland)
Why not make a day-trip over to this rugged part of the mainland opposite Mull. Take the ferry from Tobermory to Kilchoan or from Fishnish to Lochaline. Ardnamurchan Point is the most westerly place on the mainland.

view from Tobermory
View across Tobermory bay looking towards Ardnamurchan & Morven © The Internet Guide to Scotland

Tours and excursions of Mull, Iona, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles

For full details of combined boat and coach day-trips from Oban to Mull, Iona, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles click here

Other tours include:

  • Tobermory Topper open top bus service from Craignure to Tobermory Operates daily April - October.
  • Gordon Grant Tours offer boat trips from Tobermory and Kilchoan (Ardnamurchan peninsula):
    • Tobermory Bay & seal colony - 1 hour wildlife cruise
    • Staffa and Treshnish Isles (including up to 2 hours ashore on Lunga) - 6 hours
    • Whalewatching and Treshnish Isles (including up to 2 hours ashore on Lunga) - 6 hours

    They also have a variety of coach & boat trips departing from Oban, and cruises from Fionnphort (Mull). Tel: 01681 700338 / 01631 571112 / 01631 562842. Online booking available.

  • Mull & Iona Taxi is operated by David Greenhalgh who is a founder member of the Argyll Islands Tourist Guides Association. Transport by 8-seater minibus. Private day or half day tours. Airport collections possible from the mainland. Walking tours on Mull and Iona also available. Tel: 01681 700 507 / Mobile: 0788 777 4550.
  • Discover Mull is operated by Arthur and Pam Brown. They offer day tours (7 - 8 hours) in their Landrover (maximum 8 people). Tours can cover wildlife, flora and fauna, local history, folklore and geology. Departures are usually from Tobermory, but other pick-up points can be arranged. Prices: £30 (adults) and £25 (children under 14). Includes home made lunch and coffee. Tel: 01688 400415 / Mobile 07780 600367. Self catering accommodation also available.
  • Landrover Wildlife Expeditions operate day-trips on Mull with David Woodhouse. He will collect and return you to the ferry if necessary and also provide morning coffee, scones and lunch. Prices: £33.50 (adults) and £28.50 (children under 12). Booking essential. Usually leaves Tobermory at 10am and returns at 5.30pm. Tel: 01688 500121.
  • Mull Magic can offer day walks starting from Tobermory (with collection from Craignure if necessary), or 5-night walking holidays based on the island. Custom guided walks and self guided tours also available. Tel: 01688 301213 / 07923 153976.
  • Northern Light offers private charter, wildlife cruises, bird-watching and whale-watching cruises, dive charter, island cruising and research and survey services. 2 boats based in Oban. Phone 01680 814260.
  • New Horizon Sailing - sailing holidays onboard an 'Oyster' yacht around the west coast, including the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Holidays start from Tobermory.
  • From Croig near Dervaig, you can take a full day cruise or whale watching trip (8 hours approx.). Contact Inter-Island Cruises (Tel/Fax: 01688 400264).
  • Silver Swift offers boat trips from Tobermory. Also available for diving charters. Contact Paul and Jeanette Gallagher. Tel: 01688 302 390.
  • Sea Life Surveys have a choice of 2 different boat trips from Tobermory - whale watching or an 'Ecocruz'. Booking recommended. Tel: 01688 400 223 / fax: 01688 400 383. They established the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in 1992.
  • Calgary Beach Sailing Club - dinghy hire and tuition (May-October) at Calgary beach. Skills workshops also available. Skippered cruises and day trips for 2 people from Tobermory can be booked onboard Ocean Minx, a 36-ft traditional wooden sailing vessel. Tel: 0777 6130224 / 01688 400 465.
  • West Scotland Marine offers a Friday trip from Laga Bay (Ardnamurchan) to Tobermory (Mull) including a 2-hour cruise on Loch Sunart. Spaces are limited so please book a day in advance. Trips to the Treshnish Isles also available. Tel: 01972 500208.

Visit the Wild Isles web site to see a list of wildlife operators on Mull and Iona.

Featured Accommodation

castle in summer

Contact: Mr. and Mrs. T. Nelson
Glengorm Castle
Isle of Mull PA75 6QE
Tel: +44 (0)1688 302321
Fax: +44 (0)1688 302738
E-mail: enquiries@glengormcastle.co.uk

GLENGORM CASTLE

Fairytale Baronial Castle built in 1860.
On the northern tip of Mull. 4 miles from Tobermory.
Views of the Atlantic over 60 miles to the Hebrides.
Set in dramatic scenery in a vast area of coastline, forestry, lochs and hills.
5000 acre estate includes walled garden, farm shop & art gallery.
Available for weddings.

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star B&B accommodation.
Choice of 5 twin/double rooms, some with sea views, TV, etc.
Ensuite bathrooms or private facilities
(some with Victorian bath)
Enjoy log fires and a dram watching the sunset in the library.
Generous size bedrooms and magnificent breakfasts made with local produce.

B&B prices from £130 - £180 per double room.
An extra bed can be provided for £45 per night
(or £15 per night for children aged 12 and under).
Credit cards accepted. Online booking.
Self catering also available in the castle and estate cottages.

Click here to visit web site

Hotel

Isle of Mull Hotel
Craignure
Isle of Mull
Argyll PA65 6BB

ISLE OF MULL HOTEL & SPA

Magnificently positioned on Craignure Bay
(close to the ferry terminal from Oban).
Set in impressive gardens running down to the shore.
Ferry pick-up service available.

Panoramic views from every bedroom
(most of them look across the bay to Duart Castle,
the isle of Lismore and hills on the mainland).
Wildlife guided tour can be arranged.

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Stars.
Observatory lounge and whisky bar.
Restaurant with panoramic windows.
Facilities for weddings and meetings.

New leisure club and spa with swimming pool,
children's splash pool, treatment rooms,
air conditioned fully equipped gym, outdoor hot tub,
steam room, Norwegian spruce sauna, hydro foot spa,
tanning room, nail bar, hair salon.

Choice of 86 ensuite bedrooms with satellite TV,
hair dryer, telephone, wireless Internet access,
toiletries, iron/ironing board, tea/coffee.
24 hour room service.
Flowers, wine, chocolates can be ordered when booking.

B&B prices from £34.50 per person.
Disabled access. Pet friendly. No smoking.

Click here for online booking

Hotel

The Western Isles Hotel
Tobermory
Isle of Mull PA75 6PR

The Western Isles Hotel

3 star Victorian hotel overlooking Tobermory.
Spectacular views across the Sound of Mull.
Friendly staff.
Meals are available in the elegant dining room
and Conservatory Bar.
Large range of single malt whiskies.

28 ensuite bedrooms all with
satellite TV, hairdryer, trouser press, tea/coffee.
B&B prices from £35 per person
Click here for online booking

B&B Accommodation

B&B photo

B&B photo

Contact: Jane & John Noddings
Seaview
Fionnphort
Isle of Mull PA66 6BL
Tel: 01681 700235
Mobile: 07708 556311
Fax: 01681 700788
Email: john@seaview-mull.co.uk

Self catering caravan also available

SEAVIEW B&B

Warm & friendly welcome from the owners John & Jane Noddings,
to their award winning 4 star GOLD bed and breakfast
in a traditional Hebridean cottage.
The nearest quality ensuite accommodation to Iona.
Situated in the heart of the village of Fionnphort,
with panoramic seascapes of Iona, the Abbey and the white sands
of Fionnphort beach from the breakfast room.
Famous hearty ‘Fingal’s Breakfast’ & sumptuous seafood platters.

Just a minute's walk to the ferries to Iona and Staffa.
Only 200 metres from the bus stop and ferries.
Close to the local pub, grocery store, gift shop, post office.
Ideal for exploring the islands, the Ross of Mull & surrounding area.
Short break packages can include a Wild About Mull wildlife guided trip.
Winner of 2010 Scottish Thistle Awards Extra Mile (Small Business).

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Gold B&B.
Green Business Tourism Scheme Gold award.
Traditional Hebridean cottage with choice of
5 individually styled 'island bedrooms' (single, 2 doubles & 2 twins)
with all home comforts such as free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, satellite TV.

B&B prices £65 - £90 per room per night (based on 2 sharing)
Special rates for stays of 3 or more nights.
Dogs welcome by prior arrangement.
Check web site for special seasonal offers.
Online availability calendar and booking facility.
Credit cards accepted. No smoking.

Dinner available by prior arrangement between September and April
Mondays - Thursdays only:
from £22 for 2 courses / £25 for 3 courses.

The owners are happy to help you plan your day
and help you make the most of your stay on the island.
Private off-road parking, picnic lunches, laundry service, bike hire,
Free broadband internet access and wireless connection,
email & fax facilities, library of local books & maps, cosy sitting room.
Web site includes a wide range of photographs,
plus info on boat trips, walks, cycle hire, birds, wildlife:
Click here to visit web site

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Ardness House B&B photo

Contact: Gillian MacNeill
Ardness, Tiraghoil, Bunessan
Isle of Mull PA67 6DU
Tel/Fax: 01681 700260
E-mail: enquiries@isleofmullholidays.com

ARDNESS HOUSE B&B

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
Spacious modern bungalow on the Ross of Mull.
Family run B&B in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Spectacular views over the sea towards the "Burg".
Situated between Bunessan and Fionnphort.
Only 3 miles from ferries to Iona and Staffa.
Lots of wildlife and birds can often be spotted.
Ideal for fishing, golf, cycling, walking, etc.

3 ensuite bedrooms: 1 twin and 2 double
all with hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, etc.
TV lounge with panoramic views.
Free WiFi access.

B&B prices £30 - £36 per person.
Evening meals using local produce:
2 courses from £18 per person,
3 courses from £21 per person.
No smoking. Credit cards accepted.

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Self Catering Accommodation

Glenaros House photo

Contact: Becky Carter
Isle of Mull Cottages
Achnacroish
Craignure
Isle of Mull PA65 6AY
Tel: 01680 812536
Mobile: 07530 145776
Email: mail@isleofmullcottages.com

Hazelbank cottage photo

ISLE OF MULL COTTAGES

Wide range of self catering properties including
traditional cottages, apartments & a large country house.
Examples include:

Craignure Bay House (sleeps 8)
Modern house with picture windows overlooking the Sound of Mull.
4 bedrooms (2 double & 2 twin), 3 bathrooms.
Lounge with Sky TV, games, electric piano, kitchen & utility room.
Wi-Fi access. BBQ.

Tobermory Apartments (sleeping 2 or 4)
5 apartments overlooking Tobermory harbour – stunning sea views.
with 1 or 2 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, bathroom.

Glenaros House (sleeping 10)
Ideal for family holidays & gatherings surrounded by fields & woods.
Views towards the Sound of Mull.
5 bedrooms (2 double, 3 twin), 2 bathrooms, 2 lounges,
dining room, kitchen, conservatory.

Shepherd's Cottage (sleeping 2 - 5)
Traditional cottage in scenic setting.
3 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single).
Lounge with open fire, kitchen and bathroom.
Fishnish 7 miles. Tobermory 8 miles. Craignure 12 miles.
Close to Aros Castle.

Daisy Cottage (sleeps 6)
By the coast with lovely sea views and shared use of an observatory.
3 bedrooms (2 doubles & 1 twin), 2 bathrooms.
Open plan kitchen / living room. Outdoor seating area.
Situated just south of Salen on the east coast of Mull.
Ideal for birdwatchers and families. Good walks nearby.

The Coach House (sleeping 6)
Traditional 18th century property on the Duart peninsula.
4 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin & 2 single), 2 bathrooms.
Lounge with wood burning stove,
kitchen with open plan dining area, utility room.
Just a few miles south of Craignure.
Walk from the house to Duart Castle.

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cottage photo

Contact Lucie Howard
Rock Cottage
Dervaig
Isle of Mull PA75 6QJ
Tel: 07747454170
Email: lucie@rockcottage-mull.co.uk

ROCK COTTAGE

Spacious detached cottage sleeping 4 set on the edge
of the pretty conservation village of Dervaig.
Calgary beach 4 miles. Tobermory 9 miles.

Large open plan kitchen / living / dining room
with views of the surrounding hills.
2 bedrooms (1 double & 1 twin).
Bathroom with a bath with shower over.
Facilities include double oven cooker, ceramic hob,
microwave, dishwasher, fridge, washer/dryer,
TV, DVD player and music centre with CDs.
Timber deck with barbeque, table and chairs.
Off-road parking for 2 cars.
Undercover storage for bicycles.
Free WiFi.

Rental prices from £320 - £460 per week
including bedding and towels.
No smoking. No pets.
Online availability calendar.

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Contact: Carolyne Charrington
Treshnish and Haunn Cottages
Treshnish Point
Calgary
Isle of Mull PA75 6QX
Lo-call (UK only): 0845 458 1971
Tel: +44 (0)1688 400249
Email: enquiries@treshnish.co.uk

TRESHNISH FARM HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION

Choice of 8 cottages near Calgary Beach in north-west Mull
in a rural area of outstanding natural beauty.
Set on a remote, environmentally-friendly farm
with sheep, cows & wild flowers.
Ideal for walking, cycling, wildlife spotting, bird watching, etc.
Less than an hour's drive from the ferry at Craignure.
All 8 cottages are well equipped, and 4 of them are graded
3 or 4 stars by VisitScotland (Scottish Tourist Board).

'1 of the top 10 green tourism businesses in the UK and Ireland:
Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold award and
Best Carbon Footprint Award'.
Members of Mull and Iona Eco Charter.
'Outstanding Example' in the Accommodation category
in the 2011 VESTAS European Sustainable Tourism Awards.
Finalist in Scottish Thistle Awards 2010 in Sustainable Tourism category.
Winner of 2011 UK RSPB Nature of Farming Awards.

The Treshnish Cottages:
(near the heart of the farm, 1 mile off main road)
Shian: 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4. Sea views.
Duill: 2 bedrooms, sleeps 3. Sea views.
Studio: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 box beds, sleeps 4 + 2. 4 stars.
Shieling: 1 bedroom, sleeps 2. Sea views. 4 stars.

The Haunn Cottages:
(beautifully isolated location, 2 miles off main road)
Toechtamhor: 2 ensuite bedrooms, sleeps 4 + 1. Sea views. 4 stars.
West: 1 bedroom, sleeps 2 + 2. Sea views.
East: 1 bedroom, sleeps 2 + 2.
Middle: 1 bedroom, sleeps 2. 3 stars.

Rental prices from £270 per week
Online availability calendars
Electricity and heating are charged by meter reading.
Pets are welcome by prior arrangement
(max 2 per cottage with £15 charge per pet).
Credit cards accepted.

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castle turret

self catering lodge photo

Contact: Mr. and Mrs. T. Nelson
Glengorm Castle
Isle of Mull PA75 6QE
Tel: +44 (0)1688 302321
Fax: +44 (0)1688 302738
E-mail: enquiries@glengormcastle.co.uk

Self catering in Tobermory also available
with 2 bedrooms

GLENGORM CASTLE & ESTATE

Fairytale Baronial Castle built in 1860.
On the northern tip of Mull. 4 miles from Tobermory.
Views of the Atlantic over 60 miles to the Hebrides.
Set in dramatic scenery in a vast area of coastline, forestry, lochs and hills.
5000 acre estate includes walled garden, farm shop & art gallery.
Lots of local wildlife. Free bank fishing.

Choice of 8 self-catering properties
in the castle and on the estate:

The Terrace Flat - 1 double & 2 twin (sleeps 6).
Steadings - 5 star apartment including whirlpool bath (sleeps 2).
The Lodge - 1 double & 1 twin (sleeps 4).
Sorne Cottages - both with 1 double & 2 twin (sleeping 6).
Dunara Cottage - 1 double bedroom (sleeps 2).
Cnoc Fuar Cottage - 1 double & 1 bedroom with bunkbeds (sleeps 4).
Lephin Cottage - 2 double & 1 single (sleeps 5).

Rental prices from £350 pounds per week.
Electricity included, bed linen and towels provided.
Credit cards accepted. Online booking.

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Contact: Emma-Leigh Murtagh
Manager
Dervaig Village Hall
Dervaig
Isle of Mull PA75 6QN
Tel: 01688 400491
Mobile: 07919 870664
Email: dervaigbunkrooms@gmail.com

DERVAIG VILLAGE HALL HOSTEL

Comfortable beds and community friendliness
set in the village hall. On convenient bus route.
Dervaig is a pretty conservation village with post office/grocer and Inn.
7 miles north of Tobermory. 5 miles from Calgary Bay.
3 star grading by VisitScotland (Scottish Tourist Board).
Walkers Welcome. Cyclists Welcome.
Member of Scottish Independent Hostels.

10 comfortable beds in 2 en-suite rooms:
Cuin sleeps 4 and Quinish sleeps 6.
Beds can be booked individually or by complete room/s.
Suitable for families with children, backpackers,
groups of university students or D.O.E participants.
Ensuite bathrooms with WC, shower and washbasin.
Additional showers and toilets in the main hall.

Community hall kitchen with fridge/freezer,
microwave, toaster, kettle and cooker.
Dining area and a small communal sitting room
with books, games, DVDs. Pay phone.
Outdoor sports pitch available for guests to use
(if it is not already in use by regular groups).

Prices £15 per person per bed
Cuin (4 beds) booked as a whole: £55 per night.
Quinish (6 beds) booked as a whole: £80 per night.
Both rooms booked together: £130 per night.
Winter supplement (Nov - Mar): £1.50 per person per night
to cover additional heating.
Bedlinen supplied. Towels available for hire.
No dogs.

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caravan photo

Contact: Jane & John Noddings
Seaview
Fionnphort
Isle of Mull PA66 6BL
Tel: 01681 700235
Mobile: 07708 556311
Email: john@seaview-mull.co.uk

B&B also available nearby.

THE BOTHY - CARAVAN

Spacious, luxury 36' x 12' Tudor Goodwood static caravan.
Suitable for couples and families:
maximum 2 adults plus 2 children up to 11 years old.
Situated in the village of Fionnphort
in a quiet and secluded corner plot overlooking the moors.
2 minutes walk from the Iona and Staffa ferries
and the white beaches of Fionnphort.
Close to the village pub, restaurant, post office and shop.
Convenient for exploring the islands, the Ross of Mull & surrounding area.
Ideal for walkers, wildlife lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts.

Fully equipped to a high standard with fridge,
built in oven and hob, microwave oven,
Freeview satellite TV and DVD player.
1 double bedroom with full size double bed,
1 twin room (designed for children only),
shower room with toilet and wash basin,
and additional toilet with wash basin.
Spacious lounge area with sofa seating
and a corner dining suite.
Central heating. Private off-road parking.
Sunny private patio with picnic bench, small garden, and BBQ facilities.
Laundry service available. Cycle hire.

Rental prices from £290 - £325 per week
include heating, electricity, gas, bed linen, and towels.
Online availability calendar.
Sorry no dogs. Open March - October.
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Monachuich photo

Tiraghoil photo

Contact: Gillian MacNeill
Ardness
Bunessan
Isle of Mull PA67 6DU
Tel: 01681 700260
E-mail: enquiries@isleofmullholidays.com

ARDFENAIG FARMHOUSES & COTTAGES

Choice of 4-star properties on the Ross of Mull.
Each has fenced garden and garden furniture.
Satellite TV, CD, washing machine, dishwasher, etc.
Credit cards accepted.
Arrangements can be made for advance ordering of groceries.
Prices from £350 - £775 per week.
Check web site for special offers and availability calendar.

Tiraghoil
Traditional granite-built farmhouse. Newly renovated.
3 miles from Fionnphort (Iona ferry).
3 bedrooms: 2 double and 1 family (double bed and single bed).
1 bathroom and 1 shower room.
Outstanding views over the surrounding lochs, mountains and moorland.
Well-equipped kitchen, separate dining room, sitting room.

Ach-Na-Brae Cottages
Both cottages have 3 bedrooms:
1 double & 2 twin. 1 bathroom & 1 shower room.
Sitting room, kitchen/dining room and entrance porch with utilities.
Newly converted to luxury standard from a traditional stone barn.
WiFi access.
Green Tourism Business Scheme Bronze award.
1 mile from Fionnphort (Iona ferry).

Monachuich
Traditional granite-built farmhouse.
Views over the surrounding hills, moorlands and lochs.
1 mile from Fionnphort (Iona ferry).
4 bedrooms: 2 double rooms, 1 twin, 1 single.
Bathroom, sitting room and kitchen/dining room, separate WC.
WiFi access.

Ardfin
Detached bungalow built in 2012.
1 mile from Fionnphort, with countryside views.
1 ensuite kingsize bedroom,
kitchen/dining room, large lounge with double bed sofa,
separate shower room. Pets by arrangement.

Ardlea
Traditional style cottage built in 2012.
1 mile from Fionnphort, with countryside views.
2 ensuite bedrooms (1 kingsize double & 1 twin).
Large lounge with double bed sofa, kitchen,
dining area with patio doors, utility room, shower room.

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Craig Ben Lodge

Booking Hotline: 0845 268 1383

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Craig Ben Lodge (sleeps 9)
Former hunting lodge overlooking Loch Uisg, at the foot of Bheinn Creach.
2 acres of walled gardens and grounds down to the shore.
5 bedrooms (2 double, 2 twin, 1 single).
3 bathrooms. Games room with table tennis.
Drawing room & dining room with open fires.
Well-equipped kitchen/breakfast room with Aga.
Virtual tour online. Instant online booking.

Craig Ben Cottage (sleeps 8) also available.

Additional accommodation listings:
There are lots of places to stay in Tobermory and all over the island of Mull.
Useful accommodation directories can be found on:

Arle Lodge (5 miles from Tobermory) offers the comforts of a B&B with the convenience of self catering. 36 beds (twin / family rooms), hot showers, kitchen and a large sitting room which can double as a lecture room for groups. Children over 8 welcome. Suitable for individuals, couples or groups. B&B price includes self service continental breakfast, or you can exclusively hire the whole lodge for self catering. Contact the Morris Family. Tel: 01680 300299.

Bed and Breakfast:

  • Achaban House is a 150-year old former manse overlooking Loch Pottie, on the western tip of the Ross of Mull. Less than 1 mile from Fionnphort. 3 Star Guest House with 6 bedrooms (1 family, 2 double, 2 twin, 1 single).
  • Brockville is a 4 star B&B in Tobermory in an elevated location off Raeric Road. 2 spacious bed-sitting rooms with ensuite facilities. Wi-Fi access. Contact Helen Chalmers. Tel: 01688 302741.
  • Craigrowan is a 4 star B&B with 3 ensuite bedrooms at Pennyghael overlooking Loch Scridain. Member of Scotland's Best B&Bs. Contact Reg & Sue Morgan. Tel: 01681 704230.
  • Cuin Lodge offers 3 star B&B with double/twin/family bedrooms. Situated on the side of Loch Chumhainn (Cuin) 1 mile outside the village of Dervaig. Contact Philippa and Graham Dale. Tel: 01688 400346.
  • Druimnacroish is a 3 star guest house with 6 double/twin bedrooms. Situated in 3 acres of gardens, 1.5 miles from Dervaig. 10 miles from Tobermory. Evening meals available by arrangement. Contact Neil & Margriet. Tel: 01688 400274.
  • Harbour Guest House on the harbour front at Tobermory has a choice of rooms (single, double, twin, family). Contact Robin & Louise Harrowsmith. Tel: 01688 302 209
  • High Oatfield is an organic B&B with 2 ensuite double rooms. Located near Lochdon (about 4 miles south of Craignure). Contact Mike and Jen Swift. Tel: 01680 812323
  • Killoran House is a 4 star guest house situated 1.5 miles from Dervaig. 6 ensuite bedrooms (double & twin). 4-course evening meals. Contact Janette & Ian McKilligan. Tel: 01688 400362.
  • Linnhe View Bed & Breakfast is a former manse at Craignure and has 3 bedrooms (double/twin/single). A very warm welcome awaits you from owners Jim & Mary van Heerden. Tel: 01680 812007.
  • The Argyll Arms at Bunessan is apparently a 'really nice genuine place with super sea views, lovely rooms and offers good value for money.'
  • Situated in Dervaig The Bellachroy - the oldest inn on Mull - has 6 ensuite bedrooms. Renowned for good food (including many local seafood specialities), with a friendly pub with regular entertainment. Tel: 01688 400314.
  • The Highland Cottage Hotel offers a 4 star B&B in Tobermory. Recommended by the AA and Johansens. Six luxurious bedrooms at different tariffs (including 2 rooms with a four-poster bed!) and excellent food (2 AA rosette restaurant). Personal service and friendly atmosphere. Contact David and Jo Currie. Tel: 01688 302030.

Self Catering:

  • Achadaphail Croft is a self catering cottage with 2 bedrooms. Situated on the Ross of Mull near Bunessan, 6 miles from Fionnphort (Iona ferry).
  • Achaban Cottage is a converted 150-year old stable overlooking Loch Pottie, on the western tip of the Ross of Mull. Less than 1 mile from Fionnphort. 2 bedrooms (double & twin). 3 stars.
  • Ardnacross has 3 separate self-catering properties: Dairy cottage (sleeps 2), Cottage in the old farm square (sleeps 7) and the Farmhouse (sleeps 12). Scottish Tourist Board 3-4 Stars. Located between Salen and Tobermory on the east coast with views across the Sound of Mull.
  • Ardachy House Hotel has a 1-bedroom self catering apartment for 2 - 4 people. Located on the Ross of Mull, 2 miles from Bunessan and 7 miles from ferry to Iona.
  • Ach na Craig is a newly renovated stone farmhouse with oak beams and an inglenook fireplace with woodburning stove, 3 bedrooms (2 twin & 1 double). 4 stars. Resident donkeys! Located in Glen Bellart (north Mull) halfway between the villages of Dervaig and Salen. Tobermory 12 miles.
  • Ardtun House near Bunessan offers a choice of 3 self catering properties (1, 2 or 4 bedrooms). A 34' x 10' caravan with 3 bedrooms is also available.
  • Aros Mains is an 18th century Georgian house where a 3-bedroom apartment on the first floor sleeps and overlooks the ruins of Aros Castle. 2 adjacent cottages each sleep 4 - 5. Situated 2 miles north of the village of Salen in centre of Mull.
  • Calgary Castle is available for self-catering lets (8 double/twin bedrooms).
  • Calgary Cottages - Lime Tree Cottage (2 bedrooms, sleeps 4) and Bramble Cottage (3 bedrooms, sleeps 6) are situated near the Calgary Farmhouse and Carthouse Gallery / Tearoom.
  • The Carthouse Lofts are across the courtyard from the Calgary Farmhouse and situated above the Carthouse Gallery. Choice of two 1-bedroom lofts, each sleeping 2 - 4. Only 300 metres from the white sands of Calgary Beach.
  • The Coach House and Studio Apartment are in a renovated 18th century property at Kilpatrick, close to Duart Castle. The Coach House sleeps 6 in 4 bedrooms. The Studio sleeps 2/3 in 2 bedrooms.
  • The Coach House in the grounds of Ardfenaig House has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4 - 6. Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
  • Cill-Mhoire Lodges offer 3-star self catering in 2 lodges (1 sleeping 4, 1 sleeping 6). Set in extensive gardens near Dervaig.
  • Corrie Cottage sits on the edge of Fishnish Bay in 40 acres of private ground on the east coast of Mull between Craignure and Tobermory. Sleeps 4 + 2 with 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin).
  • Crannich Holiday Caravans - 3 self catering holiday caravans on a farm in Glen Aros, near loch Frisa and the White Tailed Eagle 'hide'. Each caravan sleeps 4 people (2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen / dining / living area). Available from April to end September.
  • Druimnacroish has a self catering wing with 1 kingsize double room and 1 bedroom with full-size bunk beds, living/dining room, kitchen, bathroom. Located 1.5 miles from Dervaig. 10 miles from Tobermory.
  • Eastcroft is a traditional crofters cottage with 1 bedroom which has 1 double bed & 2 single beds. Situated at Lochdon, about 3 miles from the ferry terminal at Craignure.
  • Glenaros Holiday Cottages: 5 self catering holiday cottages on a working estate farm. Each cottage is individual in style, with open fires, cosy bedrooms, well equipped kitchens and have spectacular views. They are open all year and have STB 2 star grading.
  • Glenfuran Cottage offers self catering accommodation for 5 + 1 in 3 bedrooms. Located on the outskirts of Tobermory. Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
  • Island Apartments in Tobermory offer a choice of 6 waterfront apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms.
  • Keills Cottage sleeps 4 - 5 people in 2 bedrooms, bath/shower room, kitchen, living room and secluded garden. Located at Ardtun near Bunessan on the Ross of Mull. Scottish Tourist Board 3 Stars.
  • Otter Holt in the village of Salen is a self-contained holiday apartment, sleeping 2 (+2).
  • Sanna Cottage in Tobermory is a cedar chalet for up to 6 people (1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 2 sofa beds in the lounge). Views over Tobermory Bay and the Morvern peninsula. Short breaks also available at times.
  • Seaview Cottage on the outskirts of Salen sleeps 5 - 7 in 2 bedrooms.
  • Steading Holidays - variety of self catering accommodation on Mull and in Ardnamurchan
  • The Bothy is a self catering static caravan in Fionnphort (Iona ferry & boat trips). Ideal for couples and families (up to 4 people). Cycle hire is also available.
  • The Puffer Aground - choice of two 1-bedroom self catering cottages in Aros near Salen.
  • The Smithy is a large house with 4 bedrooms sleeping up to 8 people. Located on the west coast of Mull overlooking Loch Tuath, Ulva and Gometra.
  • Traigh Mhor is a traditional crofter’s cottage near Bunessan in the south of Mull. 6 miles from the ferry to Iona. 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6.
  • Treshnish Farm (near Calgary) has a variety of self catering properties including cottages, a studio and blackhouses.
  • Twelve Oaks in woodland on the edge of the village of Lochdon is purpose built self contained ground floor accommodation for 2 people. 3 stars.

Hostel / Bunkhouse:

  • There's a Youth Hostel in the Main Street of Tobermory. 39 beds in 5-bed and 6-bed dorms. Online booking. Member of SYHA. Telephone: 01688 302481.
  • Dervaig Village Hall Hostel (3 stars) has 10 beds for individual or group bookings. Open all year. Close to village pub and shop. Contact Emma-Leigh - tel: 01688 400491 / 07919870664. Email: dervaigbunkrooms@gmail.com

Designated campsites:

Other good spots to camp:

  • Fionnphort - Fidden Farm - map ref. 303215 on Landranger 48 (on entering Fionnphort turn left past the car park, follow the road for 1.25 miles).
  • Uisken - follow the road to Uisken from Bunessan for 3 miles.
  • Loch Scridain - map. ref. 513295 on Landranger 48.
  • Loch Beg - map ref. 532292 on Landranger 48.
  • Loch Na Keal - map ref. 537412 on Landranger 48 (on flat grassy area between the road and river).
  • Loch Tuath - map ref. 445424 on Landranger 48 (Eas Fors Waterfalls).
  • Calgary Bay - map ref. 374509 on Landranger 48 (Next to the river just down from the public toilets). Caravans and Campervans are not permitted on the campsite at Calgary Bay.

Where to eat

In Tobermory you can get meals in numerous hotels. The Mishnish (food and live music) is particularly well known on the harbour front.
There are 2 Chinese restaurants and an Indian restaurant in the centre of Tobermory. Macgochans pub and restaurant is near the distillery. The fish and chip van on the pier has a very good reputation. Also on the main street is The Gallery where you can eat in or out, and the Tobermory Chocolate shop & cafe. Look out for Posh Nosh Cafe too.

At Fionnphort, the Ninth Wave Restaurant is open for evening meals. Tel: 01681 700757.

Mull Books and Maps

If you are sightseeing and driving around the islands, then a very useful tool is the Official Tourist Map to Iona & Mull which pinpoints all the places to see on the islands or alternatively get the Oban and Mull Tourist Map.

If you intend to go hiking, particularly in the hills, you will need the scale of maps provided by the Landranger series. This area is covered by 3 of these maps, all produced by the Ordnance Survey which is the official map agency of the UK:

For suggested routes, get the book called Walk Oban, Mull and Lochaber. Written by Richard Hallewell it is a handy 64-page spiral bound book printed by Collins Cartographic.

Mull and Iona
Lovely colour guide with over 100 pages of photos. Written by P.A. MacNab, it covers the local heritage and culture of the islands, wildlife and the landscape, history of habitation, the clearances, place names, places to visit, etc. Even if you don't get chance to buy it before you go, you will certainly want a copy for a souvenir when you have visited! Available to buy online via Amazon.co.uk. Very nice addition to my bookshelf.
Mull and Iona
Super photo book by Allan Wright of his travels from Oban to Craignure and then clockwise round Mull. Introduction by Bill Clegg (curator of the Mull Museum).
Paperback. 120 pages. Published in April 2006.
Order your copy from Amazon.co.uk
The Isle of Mull
Another of those beautiful books which is far more than a mere guide book, but something to really treasure. Full of colour photos and information about Mull, it also covers the little islands around the coastline (Staffa, Ulva, the Treshnish Isles, etc.) and Iona. Dimensions: approx. 12 x 8 inches. Written by Alastair de Watteville who moved to the island in 1972.
To order your copy, click here
Mull & Iona: Highways & Byways
Written by Peter MacNab, this is one of the detailed b/w Luath Press guide books with maps.
Excellent for discovering some off the beaten track places and historic sites not always mentioned in general Scottish guides. Includes info on where to find standing stones and wildlife. Also contains details of the main tourist attractions. Recommended if you really want to explore the island and understand its history.
Paperback. 128 pages. Published in June 2000.
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Mull
An invaluable book if your ancestors came from Mull.
This is the story of the people of Mull, as told through the stories of the landlords, tacksmen, cottars, ministers and others who actually lived on or visited the island. The story of those who became rich and those who were bankrupted. The story of the Campbells replacing the Macleans. The story of civil war, Jacobite rebellion and then harsh repression. The economic boom through the cattle trade and kelp, and then economic crisis when these industries collapsed. From medieval society to tourism in the 20th century.
Author: Jo Currie. Paperback published in 2001. 400 pages.
Includes sections of old b/w photos, colour photos and portraits.
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Oban, Mull and Kintyre
Another useful colour guide book especially for walking in this area. By Brian Conduit and John Brooks.
To order your copy, click here

Tourist Information Centres

The Pier, Craignure, Isle of Mull
Telephone: 01680 812377
Open all year.

Request a free brochure from the official tourist board.

Explore Oban & Mull downloadable PDF leaflet

Free Tourist map of Mull & Iona (courtesy of the Oban Times)

Info about Oban

Links to External sites:

Holiday Mull web site
Wild Isles - wildlife operators on Mull and Iona
Explore Mull
Tobermory
Isle of Mull Family History pages
Robert Pollock's guide to standing stones and circles on Mull
mullbirds.com by Alan Spellman
mullart.com - paintings by Angus Stewart
Brown and Whittaker Publishing - books about Mull