The Isle of Mull is an ideal size for a relaxing week long touring holiday, with 300 miles of Coastline, mountains, pristine beaches, a plethora of wildlife, wonderful castles and heritage, as well as amazing places to eat and shop for local crafts. Here is a small break down of recommended places to go, divided into Top, Middle, and Bottom, starting at the Top at Tobermory, heading West/anti-clockwise round to Calgary, Ulva Ferry then Salen. Then heading over to the Ross of Mull via Loch Scridian. Here you can visit, Fionnphort, Iona, then Carsaig and Loch Buie before heading back to the ferry terminal at Craignure. For details of campsites please GO HERE Please note: Petrol stations can be found in Tobermory, Salen, Craignure and between Bunessan and Fionnphort. Don't get caught short!
The Northern coast of Mull is stunning, wild, hilly, with excellent provision for visitors with plenty places to eat and shop for food supplies, local art and crafts and anything else you might need. Tobermory is the largest town in Mull with a busy harbour, a Whisky distillery, lots of shops, a museum, marine visitor centre, great restaurants and a holiday atmosphere! Please visit www.tobermory.co.uk for more information. Recommended boat trips are Sea life surveys for wildlife, and Island Shuttle for trips to the remote islands north of Mull, such as the fascinating island of Rum and her eccentric castle. Glengorm Castle is well worth a visit, with a gallery, tea room, wonderful walks and wildlife guiding, just 5 miles from Tobermory. Stay at Tobermory Campsite, ideally situated to explore this area of Mull. Walk up to the Crater of a now extinct volcano! Head West out of Tobermory, after couple of miles you will reach the Mishnish Lochs. The walk begins by a ruined bothy on the North side of the road. Follow the path up to the top and admire the view! For more walks in this area please visit http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/mull/tobermory.shtml Beaches of note to walk to from this road are Langamull beach, and the beaches near Croig. All white, all stunning with fantastic views to the north including the islands of Rum, Eigg and Coll. Visit the Bellachroy Inn in Dervaig 7 miles west of Tobermory, fantastic food and great atmosphere. There is an excellent shop in Dervaig, along the main street for you to stock up on your food supplies. Carrying along this road will take you to the famous Calgary beach, pristine white sand and turquoise sea when the sun is shining! While there you must visit Calgary Art in Nature, a wonderful woodland walk with surprising sculptures around every corner and the Gallery and Tea Room. Park up at the Council Run Campsite which also has toilets. NB: Bertha doesn't fit through the entrance to this campsite!
The road carries on round and starts to head south, this leads us to:
The Middle Bit
Some real gems along here. Park up in the quarry just after the entrance to Treshnish farm and take a walk around the amazing Treshnish headland. Fabulous sea views and beautiful wild flowers from this award winning conservation farm. As you go along the road towards Ulva ferry, please take the time to stop and visit Kilninian Beach AKA Black Beach. Beautiful, wild, natural, awesome views, highland cattle, what's not to like! The Eos Forsa waterfalls are well worth a visit. Carry on the road heading towards Ulva ferry and you will come to a little stone bridge with a parking area, look up and you will see the waterfall. Clamber up the rocks on the East side of the road (there is a path if you can find it) and follow the river up, a glorious walk, particularly if it has been raining and the river is running fast. On the West side of the road the river carries on down with a ridiculously picturesque pool and eventually the water throws itself off a cliff in a rather dramatic fashion! A few miles on from the waterfalls is Ulva Ferry. Take a trip over to this fascinating island on the ferry and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Cafe there. Lots of walks here too. Driving on, you will get to Loch na Keal, a wildlife paradise, we recommend finding a safe place to park up, make a cup of tea and watch the incredible light and stunning views. Otters, eagles and myriad bird life are to be found here. A photographers paradise. We recommend staying at Crannich Farm Campsite for exploring this area. It is well located right in the centre of the island so you could explore both the Top and the Middle using Crannich as your base. The local village of Salen has a well stocked Spar shop, bike hire, a cafe and restaurant. Or you could camp at Killichronan Camping or wild camp on Loch Na Keal. There is a new all singing all dancing Campsite opened at Pennygown which is between Salen and Craignure with stunning views up the Sound of Mull and all the facilities - highly recommended!
Take the B8035 from Salen which will take you around the point alongside the South side of Loch na Keal to the stunning Loch Scridian. Remote, wild and stunning, this drive deserves to be savoured. This road joins up to the A849 and we recommend you head West on this road to Fionnphort and base yourself at Fidden Campsite. This is beach paradise, and you must take a walk to Knockvollogan beach. From Fionnphort, follow the minor road turning left, signposted Fidden; when you reach Fidden Campsite drive towards the farm and follow the road left past the farmhouse. After 2 miles there is a gate for ‘No.1 Knockvologan’, drive through this gate and park in the field enclosed by a stone wall; from here walk down the track to the beach. Dogs must be kept on a lead through the farm and down to the beach as well as kept under control whilst on the beach due to livestock roaming the area. Here you will find world class white sandy beaches which link up an archipelago of small islands at low tide - crystal clear turquoise waters, seals, lush islands, little wonder that the island of Erraid prompted Robert Louis Stevenson to write Kidnapped! A visit to the history steeped Island of Iona is essential whilst in this area with its wonderful white sandy beaches and turquoise seas, and the stunning Abbey. A foot ferry regularly goes from Fionnphort. Heading back along the A849 towards Craignure why not spend a night wild camping, perhaps down at the wonderful Carsaig or stunning Loch Buie. Both have excellent walks and Loch Buie has wonderful beaches, a mausoleum to the Maclaines of Loch Buie, and the best shop on the island, the Old Post Office. For more information on walks in this area please visit http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/mull/iona-ross-of-mull.shtml Carrying on the A849 heading back to Craignure pick up some Mussels at Inverlussa Mussels and cook them up in the Campervan, while looking out for otters which are regularly seen in this area. The iconic Duart Castle near Craignure is worth a visit and perhaps your last night could be spent at Shieling Holidays Campsite at Craignure, there are plenty places to eat out in Craignure including the Craignure Inn.