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Isle of Mull Photos That Will Take Your Breath Away

Get a new perspective on the Isle of Mull with these dizzy images!

The Isle of Mull has a well deserved reputation as a photographer’s paradise. Little wonder, then, that many locations have been the subject of visitors’ photos time and again.  We took to the skies to discover new perspectives of old favourite locations throughout the Isle of Mull and we hope you enjoy them too.

We are going to focus on the beauty of the locations and the circumstances and timing of the images, perhaps inspiring a visit and stay in one of our hand picked range of holiday cottages on Mull.

Ben More


It was one of those perfect sunny days towards the end of March.  A touch of warmth in the sunshine brings signs of spring to Mull, yet snows still clads the mountains and the days are just beginning to get lighter and longer.  We timed our climb of Ben More to coincide with sunset, which at this time of the year drops behind the Isle of Ulva from this location.  We took the circular route via Beinn Fhada and over the A’Cioch ridge before reaching the summit after dark and heading down the mountain to Dhiseig in the faint afterglow.  The filming was a success with only light wind over the ridge.  We’ve tackled this munro in the winter too – find out about our climb here.

 

Iona



During the work on our guide to Mull’s islands we of course included Iona.  Iona is a emerald gem of an isle with a important historical role that is matched by the richness of the fine machair grasslands, which back the white sandy beaches.  With a population of around 150 people, Iona has one village – Baile Mor – which you see as you approach on the ferry from Mull.  In this view you can see the row of traditional stone cottages, each with a seaward facing garden in front.

 

Knockvologan



There’s no doubt that some of Scotland’s best beaches are on the Isle of Mull.  Be it the famous Calgary beach in the north, or one of the hidden coves on Mull’s south coast, with more than 20 beaches to visit there is something for every occasion.  When working on our Isle of Mull beaches guide we visited one of the the more spectacular stretches of sand at Knockvologan.  It was a still, sunny day in February. At this time of year the sun sets behind the south-west tip of Iona.  The days are shorter and the low angle light provides perfect conditions for picking out the details in the landscape.  This view looking south toward the distant Torran Rocks give a great perspective over the broad sweep of white sands that form the beach.

 

Loch Uisg



In late May, the long days of early summer are well on the way. Mull’s landscape is mainly transformed into a rich verdant green.  At this time rhododendron flowers are in full bloom and nowhere is the display more impressive than along the shoreline of Loch Uisg.  The single track road to Lochbuie skirts the edge of the loch and the whole drive can resemble a giant natural garden at times!  This image is looking west along the line of the Great Glen Fault, which runs under this part of Mull.  The house is Craig Ben Lodge. It’s a beautiful property built in the Bryce Baronial style.

 

Traigh na Cille



Here we jump to early April on north Mull’s west coast and to the beach of Traigh na Cille at Kilninian.  This is one of north Mull’s larger beaches. It is well known for its dark sand sediments, which you can see in this image form a distinct linear banding as the tide rises and falls.  The name of beach means ‘beach of the cell’, as in a monastic cell. This is most likely a connection to the times of St. Columba on Iona and the growth in Christianity in western Scotland.  This view looks to the north past Torloisk and towards Treshnish.

 

Loch na Keal



On the first Sunday in June each year, the Isle of Mull Cycling Club organise and run the Isle of Mull Cyclesportive.  Here you can see Mull cycling club members making their way along the shore of Loch na Keal.  Pictured in late September, this photo is from a promotional video we made for the Sportive. It showcases the outstandingly beautiful route and explains how proceeds from entrance fees go towards good causes in the local community.

 

Iona Ferry, Fionnphort



This image looks over the Isle of Mull’s most westerly point near the village of Fionnphort on the Ross of Mull.  Taken near sunset on a late September evening, the picture shows the Iona Ferry heading to its overnight mooring in the Bull Hole. This is the name for the channel of water that is protected by the small island of Eilean Nam Ban.  The coastline here is made of a distinctive pink granite, which was at one time quarried and used as decorative stone in buildings throughout the world.

 

Eas Fors Waterfall



On the west coast of north Mull you will discover a landscape of distinct terraced strata. In fact, most of the geology of north Mull is comprised of these ‘steps’, caused by volcanic lava flows which set into visible layers.  Where burns and rivers flow down hill they become waterfalls as they pass these layers.  One of the most dramatic is Eas Fors, which cascades straight into the sea at Loch Tuath.  There is a parking area near these falls and a path explores the area – take care near the drop!

 

Port na Ba



Located on the Isle of Mull’s north coast, Port na Ba is a beach of fine white sands, aqua waters and views towards the isles of Rum, Eigg and Skye.  Perfect for a paddle or swim, this photo shows the gently sloping sands and clarity of the sea.  It’s a bird’s eye view that shows Mull’s coastline is beautiful from any angle!

 

River Lussa


Situated in Mull’s south east, the river Lussa is one of Mul’s larger water courses.  The catchment is in Mull’s mountainous interior and the river gains size from tributaries that join from the flanks of Creach Beinn.  After cascading through a series of pools and a small gorge, the river enters the native oak woodland visible in this springtime photo.  The image is taken from a vantage point just higher than the canopy of the trees, affording a view to the distant mountain Beinn Talaidh.

 

Beinn Fhada


Get a new perspective on the wild and beautiful Isle of Mull with these dizzying images, taken from the skies! Check out these photos, from mountain to sea

Our final image in this collection shows a lone walker and dog crossing the long ridge of Beinn Fhada (702m) in the Isle of Mull’s interior.  Mull has a well deserved reputation as one of the best islands for walking and this image typifies the at times wild but always beautiful nature of the island in the winter months.

 

We hope these photos have inspired you to plan that next visit to the Isle of Mull and perhaps a relaxing break in one of our select range of quality holiday cottages.

 

Which of these snapshots of the Isle of Mull do you like best? Have you visited any of these scenic places?

 

 

Large Holiday Houses on Mull: 5 of the Best!

5 of the Best Large Holiday Houses on Mull

Wildlife, beaches, historical attractions. Awe-inspiring mountains, gorgeous glens and breathtaking lochs. Walking, cycling and kayaking – few islands can rival Mull in offering so much to its visitors.

The range of activities to enjoy, as well as the range of places, makes Mull the perfect place for a group getaway or family holiday. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best large holiday houses on Mull to help you plan your next adventure.

Best for luxury: Gorsten House

Set at the end of a private driveway and boasting a beautiful lochside setting, Gorsten House is the perfect choice if you’re looking for large holiday houses on Mull that have that something special. The only buildings that feature in your view are a castle and lighthouse, and with enormous glass windows to make the most of them from, you’ll enjoy the picturesque landscape at its best.

Inside, the treats continue, with a sauna, steam room and clawfoot baths welcoming guests with warmth and indulgence. The living spaces themselves are appointed and furnished to the highest standards by the property’s artist owner, with playful lighting and patterns to surprise.

Gorsten House sleeps eight people. Available from £1,200 per week.

 

Best for big families: Macquarie House

With flexible accommodation for up to 10 people, a kitchen diner, large dining room and multiple sitting rooms, the charming stone Macquarie House makes the ideal choice for families looking for large holiday houses on Mull. There’s also a convenient utility room for coats and boots after a busy day exploring the scenery around Loch Ba.

There’s no need to worry about entertaining the kids on rainy days, either. Inside, you’ll find a pool table, table tennis, board games and books to keep everyone having fun. And if you do head outside, in the summer months both salmon and sea trout fishing, as well as boat trips, can be arranged.

Macquarie House sleeps 9-10 people. Available from £995 per week.

 

Best for sea views: The Old Ferry House

Grasspoint is a truly beautiful spot on Mull – you’ve probably driven down the narrow tracks to reach it yourself if you’ve visited the island before. But why limit yourself to a short visit when you could stay right here? The Old Ferry House enables you to do just this, located in what is undeniably one of Mull’s best locations.

The stone house has character and charm aplenty, plus a cosy log burner to keep you toasty. Step outside and you’re right on the water’s edge, with rock pools and a fishing pier to enjoy. With the water comes wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for sea eagles and hen harriers by air and porpoises and dolphins in the water.

The Old Ferry House sleeps 8-10 people. Available from £995 per week.

 

Best for loch-front living: Ormsaig Cottage

Head to the south-west of Mull and you’ll find Ormsaig Cottage, perched on the shores of Loch Scridian. It’s the perfect choice for large holiday houses on Mull to share with your favourite people.

Imagine sociable evenings in front of the open fire, with soft piano music played live in the background. How about enjoying dinner with family and friends while views of the Atlantic Ocean beckon from the window? Or a gentle group stroll to the nearby village of Bunessan, just in time for a pub lunch… Book Ormsaig Cottage and you can enjoy all of this and more!

Ormsaig Cottage sleeps nine people. Available from £695 per week.

 

 

Best for grandeur: Craig Ben Lodge

Planning a group getaway to celebrate something special? Whether you’re looking for large holiday houses on Mull for a birthday, anniversary or simply some family time, the baronial Craig Ben Lodge offers just the right level of luxury for the occasion.

With sumptuous interiors, carved wooden fireplaces and stately home style, not forgetting the turret outside, Craig Ben Lodge is bound to impress. And that’s before we’ve mentioned its exclusive location on the side of Loch Uisg, with a mountain rising up behind it…

Craig Ben Lodge sleeps 10 people. Available from £995 per week.

 

Find the perfect place for your holiday today and make the family getaway you’ve been talking about happen. We make it easy to find the right holiday cottage for you with our large holiday houses on Mull.

 

Have you stayed in any of our large holiday houses on Mull? Which was your favourite?

5 of Mull’s Best Beaches to Explore in 2018

Being an island off the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Mull has no shortage of stunning beaches to tempt you. Here, we travel around the coast to bring you five of Mull’s best beaches. Ready to find inspiration for your next island getaway?

Ardalanish Beach, South West Mull

If you’re staying on the Ross of Mull, you’re in prime position to visit Ardalanish Beach. It’s easy to reach from the car park close to Ardalanish Weavers. Once you’re on the sand, the beach offers a lovely walk with excellent coastal and hill views. The beach is surrounded by sand dunes but, if you can tear your eyes away and look up, it’s not unheard of tospot a white-tailed sea eagle here too! Warm up afterwards with a cup of coffee (and perhaps a new blanket) at Ardalanish Weavers.

7 Must-See Historical Attractions on the Isle of Mull

The Isle of Mull is famed for many things. A charming harbour town, breathtaking beaches and abundant wildlife are only the beginning. It is also an island of great history, where much of it has been carefully preserved. Plenty of historical attractions remain on the island on display for visitors to see.

Here, we round-up seven brilliant historical attractions for you to visit on Mull. From castles to clans and old crofter’s cottages, you’ll find many memorable ways to step back in time on the island.

5 of the Best Ways to Spend Rainy Days on Mull

Whether you’ve visited Scotland and its many islands before or not, news of the nation’s frequent spells of wet weather travels fast. But while it’s also no stranger to sunshine, the Isle of Mull is an island borne of exactly such weather systems. The waterfalls, rivers and verdant, green landscapes are in part carved out and created by rainy days on Mull, so the wet conditions could even be something worth celebrating.

If you’d like to make the most of your visit, whatever the weather, then try these five ideas for damper days. With something for everyone, from families to crafters to wildlife enthusiasts, your day will be anything but a wash out.

Self-Catering Holidays on Mull: Where to Buy Food During Your Stay

Self-catering holidays on Mull are arguably the best way to explore the island if you want to balance luxury and flexibility. Our portfolio of 80 hand-picked cottages boast some of the best views on the island, and you can choose the one with an interior to suit your style.

You won’t be tied to your hotel’s restaurant this way, so you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, with the option to eat out any time you fancy it too. To help you make the most of your island getaway, here we round up Mull’s impressive offering of stores, farm shops, produce markets and even homemade ready meals delivered to your door!

How to Choose the Best Holiday Cottages on Mull

Whether you come for the wildlife, the untouched landscapes or the colorful charm of Tobermory, the first step to planning your holiday on Mull is to choose where on the island you actually want to stay.

From beaches to loch shores and remote retreats, there are many idyllic holiday cottages on Mull for you to make your base. And wherever you choose, the beauty of this island is that nowhere is out of reach. Hop in the car and the entire island is within reach (and a few others too, if you don’t mind swapping the car for a boat!).

Here, we share six of our favourite locations for holiday cottages on Mull to help you find the best one for you. And if you know what you want to see but not where to go to see it, get in touch with our family-run business to pick our brains for ten years’ worth of local knowledge. With an exclusive collection of over 80 cottages on the island, choose your destination and your perfect island getaway won’t be far away.

Planning a trip to the Isle of Mull? Experience the freedom, luxury and scenery you desire with a stay at one of our holiday cottages on Mull

A Visit During Autumn On Mull

Autumn on Mull can be spectacular, from its starry, dark skies to the changing colours of the landscape and the wildlife waiting to be discovered...

Author looking over Loch na Keal near Kellan Mill Lodge

I was a latecomer to Mull. Shamefully late in fact. Having moved to Scotland in 2003 and consciously making the decision at that point to explore every corner of my adopted home, it was 12 long years before I set foot on the island. It wasn’t until my second visit that I experienced autumn on Mull.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

My first obstacle was an earnest but naïve fixation on climbing munros (Scotland’s 282 hills over 3000ft) and ONLY munros. I did so with single-minded determination for the first few years. In so doing I completely overlooked the walking potential of rugged ‘lesser’ hills on the islands or the unique atmosphere and challenges of their wild, convoluted coastlines… two things Mull has in spades. But when that fixation happily abated, a second and unexpected obstacle took its place.

Remote Holiday Cottages in Scotland

One of the special things about being on an island is that sense of removal from the hustle and bustle of mainland life.  With water all around, the peace and quiet and breathtaking views can begin to work their magic!  We’ve put together a selection of our most remote holiday cottages on the Isle of Mull. These cottages offer guests a sense of total privacy and solitude in the most stunning of scenery.

A winter walk up Ben More, Mull’s Munro

A winter ascent of Ben More

As the highest point on the Isle of Mull, and Scotland’s only Munro that is accessible only by boat, a walk up Ben More is often on the ‘to do’ list for visitors to the island.

Ben More on the Isle of Mull with a covering of snow

Looking across Loch na Keal and Eorsa at Ben More on Mull

At 966 meters in height, Ben More towers over the island’s other hills.  Not only do you get a stunning, 360-degree view, but you also get the acute sense of altitude that this sort of elevation creates. With no neighbouring mountains of comparable height, Ben More really does feel like the highest point around!

The simplest route to the summit starts on the shore of Loch na Keal at Dhiseig.  From here a marked path leads up the broad flank of the hill to the circular summit cairn.  Simple.  To experience our island Munro at its most dramatic though, arguably the best route is a circular traverse of Beinn Fhada to A’Chioch and then along the ridge to Ben More. This route involves some scrambling (see the map below).  Let’s take a look at this route as it was on a fine winter’s day!

Beinn Fhada ridge with a person walking

Walking along the Bheinn Fhada ridge with Gribun and Ulva in the distance

Ben More on Mull's north face and snowdirfts

Hiker walking through snow drifts with the north face of Ben More in the distance

Having parked the car off the road along the shore of Loch na Keal, we began the walk by following the burn (Abhainn na h-Uamha), which has a series of spectacular waterfalls along its course. Feeling lucky that we had chosen such a clear, crisp day, we then headed uphill to crest the ridge of Beinn Fhada. At this point the views are just incredible. Looking back you can see the curve of the Gribun cliffs, the islands of Ulva and Eorsa, Staffa, and the Treshnish Isles. Up ahead, Ben More and the ridge look really inviting.

The Ben More circuit walk on the Isle of Mull

Frozen lochan on Beinn Fhada with walker surveying the scene

Walker climbs A'Chioch on Mull

Climbing A’Chioch with Glen Clachaig below and to the right

A'Chioch on Mull in winter with the sun

Winter sun blazing as a walker climbs the A’Chioch ridge on Mull

After a short sharp climb to the summit of Beinn Fhada (702m), with jelly babies providing the extra fuel we needed, we headed west and began the climb of A’Chioch (867m).  The views here are superb, and picking our way up towards the summit through snow drifts was great fun!  We were lucky that the winds weren’t strong at this point, so we were able to enjoy settled conditions and sunshine.

The final traverse over the ridge to Ben More was relatively straightforward, though the final section involves some scrambling. Just at the point where your legs are starting to ask for a rest, the ridge narrows to just a few meters wide and has significant drops on both sides, which help sharpen the senses!

View over Mull's interior

Looking west over the Isle of Mull with the mainland mountains visible in the distance

Ben More ridge on Mull in winter

Surveying the way ahead to the summit of Ben More

Walker heads towards the Ben More ridge

Starting to traverse the Ben More ridge

A'Chioch on Mull

Looking back along the ridge to A’Chioch

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Wind swirls snow into the air on Ben More

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Beginning the descent

From the summit of Ben More we followed the line of cairns that descend the hill back towards Loch na Keal.  After the rugged drama of the east face of the hill, this side seems very rounded and gentle, and the walking easy.  The wind picked up at this point for us, blowing ice around and creating some spectacular conditions:

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Ice and snow blows across the hill during the descent

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Following the cairns with the Treshnish Isles in the distance

We finished the walk feeling battered but not broken. No matter which time of year or by which route you choose to climb Ben More, it is always a memorable experience and well worth the effort.

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Ben More OS map route

 

Note: Hill walking has inherent risks and dangers.  Conditions change quickly and navigation can be difficult.  Always make sure you are well prepared for any conditions and have the correct level of experience for your chosen route.