Call us on 01688 400682

Blog

9 Unique Isle of Mull Holiday Houses for Special Occasions

With wild scenery, pristine beaches and food and drink that promises a taste of the Hebrides, Mull makes the perfect choice for a special occasion getaway. To help you plan the perfect trip, we’re sharing some of our most stunning Isle of Mull holiday houses with you.

Little or large, in quaint villages or set on the shore, discover the best cottage for you here. And with pet-friendly properties included, you can even bring your four-legged friends too!

Discover nine of the most unique Isle of Mull holiday houses for special occasions, whether a large family gathering or luxury couple's retreat for two.

Oakfield House

Where better to celebrate a special occasion than in the finest house in Tobermory? That’s the title Oakfield House has earned and one look beyond the door is all it takes to confirm it.

This majestic house is filled with period features and antique furnishings, complemented by modern touches like the Everhot, Aga-style cooker and five beautifully finished bathrooms. But perhaps the most special feature of this holiday home are the superb sea views…

Discover nine of the most unique Isle of Mull holiday houses for special occasions, whether a large family gathering or luxury couple's retreat for two.

Cherrybank

Cherrybank combines the charm of a traditional stone cottage with the luxuries of a modern conversion, made even more magical by the expansive sea views. Perched on the shore in the scenic south west of Mull, hidden coves, intriguing geology and a wealth of wildlife are all close by, with the brilliant Ninth Wave restaurant just a short drive for a special tasting menu dinner.

Discover five more cottages by the sea.

Discover nine of the most unique Isle of Mull holiday houses for special occasions, whether a large family gathering or luxury couple's retreat for two.

Tilliepestle

Tilliepestle is one of our most sought-after Isle of Mull holiday houses and it’s easy to see why! Stunning stonework and timber beams give this house oodles of old-island charm, enhanced by its setting in the quaint village of Dervaig, across the road from the island’s oldest inn.

The sheltered balcony fast becomes a favourite spot for morning coffee or an evening glass of wine, while your dogs play in the garden below.

Gorsten House

One of the most striking Isle of Mull holiday houses, Gorsten House occupies a prime position close to the water. The picture windows invite you to soak up the setting and spot wildlife from the house come rain or shine.

Inside, guests will be delighted by the modern and playful interiors, crafted by owner and world-renowned artist Charles Avery. The views are equally phenomenal, reaching round to Duart Castle and the lighthouse on Lismore Island.

Auchnacraig Lodge

A beautifully presented wooden lodge, Auchnacraig Lodge nestles effortlessly into its rural surroundings at Grasspoint. The open-plan kitchen is beautifully appointed, as is the living area with a character stone chimney and fire.

But while the interiors are luxurious, it’s what lies beyond the door that makes this cottage so special. Set above the shore at Grasspoint, the area is home to birds of prey and lots of wildlife. There are also excellent coastal walks and views to the Nevis mountain range in the distance.

The Potting Shed

Fancy staying in a traditional island village but want to check into a cottage that is quirky and unique? The Potting Shed could be just the place for you.

This luxurious bolthole for two includes a clawfoot bath atmospherically framed by tin-clad walls, as well as a master bed with an ornately carved headboard. Every part of the property has been finished to the highest – and richest – detail, promising a luxurious and memorable stay.

Craig Ben Lodge

Another of our pet-friendly Isle of Mull holiday houses, Craig Ben Lodge offers a taste of the country house lifestyle in a loch shore location. Roaring fires, wood panelling and even a turret make this baronial house feel truly special.

With room for 10 plus three of your four-legged friends, it’s a place for the entire family to gather. Picnic on the shore, row a boat over the loch or enjoy a banquet by the fire… This house really does have it all.

Browse more large Isle of Mull holiday houses.

Columba Apartment

Experience the charms of Mull’s colourful harbour town, indulge in the local restaurants and set sail on exciting boat trips. In an elevated position above the colourful Main Street, Columba Apartment will wow guests with its fantastic sea views over Tobermory Bay and out towards Calve Island.

Set in a Victorian house, a free-standing bath tub, king-sized bed and collection of antique furniture add a luxury finish to the apartment. Patio doors open into the garden, where chairs beckon for you to take in the view.

Discover nine of the most unique Isle of Mull holiday houses for special occasions, whether a large family gathering or luxury couple's retreat for two.

The Old Little Theatre

Often applauded for its luxurious finish, The Old Little Theatre is the perfect choice for two. Packed with drama, this red-roofed cottage was once recorded as the world’s smallest professional theatre.

Today, the cottage delights guests with luxurious and theatrical touches, from the wallpaper to the soft furnishings and the sitting area on the stage, to the theatre seats in the entrance hall.

Book your Isle of Mull holiday houses today!

Island Hopping: Scottish Islands You Can Visit From Mull

When you arrive in Oban, ready to make the ferry crossing to Mull, you’re bound to hear the west coast town referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. But Oban isn’t the only place from which you can explore the surrounding Scottish islands. It’s possible to visit several from Mull too. Here’s how to do it.

Discover six Scottish islands you can visit from Mull, with boat trips, walks and historical attractions to see, as well as abundant wildlife.

The view from the nearby island of Ulva looking back across to Mull

Iona

Perhaps the most famous of Scottish islands surrounding Mull, Iona has attracted visitors for centuries. In fact, over a thousand years ago in 563AD, St Columba arrived, bringing with him Christian teachings that are still felt on the island to this day.

Iona Abbey dates from the Middle Ages. It is one of the most popular attractions to visit, alongside the 13th-century nunnery and St Oran’s Chapel.

But that’s not all there is to explore on Iona. Three miles long, this wee island is a natural treasure trove waiting for you to discover it. Wildlife enthusiasts flock to hear the elusive corncrakes, while walkers make their way to the island’s highest point, Dun I, or to the beautiful white sand beaches, like the Bay at the Back of the Ocean.

You’ll find Iona just off the south-western tip of Mull. The passenger ferry from Fionnphort takes as little as 15 minutes.

Discover six Scottish islands you can visit from Mull, with boat trips, walks and historical attractions to see, as well as abundant wildlife.

Discover the quaint cottages and charming coastline of Iona

Ulva

Ulva is one of the most accessible of the Scottish islands surrounding Mull. A boat will take you across from the aptly named Ulva Ferry on Mull’s west coast on weekdays, and Sundays between June and August too.

Ulva is a nature-lover’s paradise, with no end of waymarked trails that allow you to explore the island’s diverse scenery. There are rocky shorelines, picturesque woodlands and open countryside to discover. With this range of habitats comes an amazing array of species, with unusual wildflowers to spot, as well as birdlife and mammals.

Much like Iona, Ulva has its own interesting history. Visiting Sheila’s Cottage is a great way to experience what island life was like in the 20th century, before walking to ruined buildings or Livingstone’s Cave.

Discover six Scottish islands you can visit from Mull, with boat trips, walks and historical attractions to see, as well as abundant wildlife.

Hop across to Ulva and enjoy woodland walks

Staffa

Many visitors to Mull embark on one of the many boat trips to Staffa for the day. Staffa’s claim to fame is for inspiring the musician Mendelssohn with the acoustics in Fingal’s Cave.

But Staffa is iconic in its own right, with towering basalt columns lapped by foaming blue waters. In the summer months, the puffins arrive, attracting many visitors to the island. But whatever time you choose to visit, you’ll have the chance to spot sea birds. You can also look out for marine species, like dolphins and porpoises, from the boat.

There are a variety of boat trips available to visit Staffa, departing from both Tobermory in the north and Fionnphort in the south. Find out more about boat trips on Mull.

Discover six Scottish islands you can visit from Mull, with boat trips, walks and historical attractions to see, as well as abundant wildlife.

Marvel at the magnificent basalt columns on Staffa

Treshnish Isles

From a vantage point on the north-west of Mull,you’ll spot the silhouette of the Treshnish Isles.

Much like Staffa, several boat trips enable visitors to access this archipelago of Scottish islands, with the opportunity to make landing. Tours typically depart from Tobermory because the islands lie off Mull’s north-western coast.

The Treshnish Isles are a haven for wildlife. Puffins nest here during the summer, before the grey seals have their pups in autumn.

Boat trips tend to land on the largest of the islands, Lunga. Once off the boat, you can cross the rocky beach to explore the island and see the puffins, taking care not to disturb any nests.

Discover six Scottish islands you can visit from Mull, with boat trips, walks and historical attractions to see, as well as abundant wildlife.

Meet puffins on the Treshnish Isles during the summer months

Erraid

Erraid lies just off the south-west coast of Mull and while it’s not well known, it is easy to reach if you time it right. Boats can anchor in Tinker’s Hole while visitors can cross over the tidal sandbar on foot when the tide allows.

Small but beautifully formed, visitors will be blown away by the views, from white sand beaches and pink granite outcrops, to the panorama back across to the Ross of Mull.

There are many walking trails that make exploring the island relatively simple. Just remember to check the tides and cross back before the waves cut you off!

Discover six Scottish islands you can visit from Mull, with boat trips, walks and historical attractions to see, as well as abundant wildlife.

The tidal Isle of Erraid lies off Mull’s south west coast

Gometra

One of the lesser known Scottish islands on Mull’s west coast is Gometra, perhaps because it is one of the trickiest to reach. But if you fancy an adventure, a few days on Gometra could make a unique extension to a week on Mull.

You reach Gometra by first taking the boat from Mull to Ulva, then walking a challenging eight miles over hills to reach the bridge to Gometra. The route is as rugged as the landscape and is best tackled only by experienced walkers.

This isolated isle is home to just a handful of islanders and runs off the electricity grid. It’s a true wilderness, with both the challenges and beauties that come with it. Few will discover Gometra first hand, making it a hidden gem for those who do tackle the journey.

The view to Gometra from Mull

Find out more about visiting Mull’s outlying islands and plan your next holiday with our helpful island guide.

Meet Isle of Mull Artists and Crafters

As the bright colours of the island capital, Tobermory, would suggest, the Isle of Mull has a vibrant arts and crafts scene. Some preserve traditions that date back centuries, like spinning wool from native flocks and weaving tweeds and blankets. Others make use of modern and unusual materials to delight and surprise.

If you’d like to discover some Isle of Mull artists and crafters and perhaps even buy a piece of local artwork to take home with you, make a start with this guide.

Tobermory plays host to many Isle of Mull artists and craftspeople

Painters

With huge open vistas and a varied landscape of mountains, glens, lochs and forest, the island provides inspiration for many Isle of Mull artists. Several are based here, including Graham & Sally Bruce-Richards and Ronnie Leckie, who has a gallery you can visit on Tobermory’s Main Street. Artist Angus Stewart also has a gallery you can visit on Breadalbane Street, just up the hill from the harbour.

Potters

Pay Mull Pottery a visit in their shop on the Main Street to find beautiful, handmade pottery pieces. Their pottery spans all kinds of homewares and each piece has a character of its own. Often decorated in island-inspired hues, each piece makes an excellent keepsake or gift.

Discover the Isle of Mull artists who are inspired by this Hebridean isle, creating everything from keepsakes to canvases, and where to visit them.

Mull Willow run workshops from a charming croft

Willow weavers

Based on a croft beside Loch Scridain at Ardtun, Mull Willow cultivates and crafts this natural product. Learn the craft on your holiday to Mull with one of their willow-weaving workshops. You can make baskets, bird boxes and stools in a workshop warmed by a log burner.

Beachcombers

Nestled into a hill on the island’s west coast is Lip na Cloiche. Best known as an open garden that is beautifully planted and filled with time-worn treasures, gardener Lucy also creates wonderful crafts with beach-combed finds. Mirrors adorned with shells and crafts created from rope and driftwood offer plenty of island charm.

Discover the Isle of Mull artists who are inspired by this Hebridean isle, creating everything from keepsakes to canvases, and where to visit them.

Ardalanish Weavers in the island’s south west

Wool weavers

Not far from Mull Willow is Ardalanish, located on a farm just outside Bunessan. They work with wool from native flocks and use plant dyes to add colour to garments and blankets. You can take a tour of the mill to see the weaving process in action and pick up some warm and cosy woollens from the shop.

Pyrographers

One of the more unusual crafts is pyrography, where wood is burned to create different designs. Chronicle Crafts & Cakes are masters of the art on Mull. They create all kinds of intricate designs, from coasters to cheese boards and even house signs! You’ll often find Chronicle Crafts & Cakes at the producer’s market in Craignure if you’d like to see these first-hand.

Leather workers

Isle of Mull Leather stands just back from Tobermory’s Main Street – spot their wares displayed in the window when you pass by. Practitioners of the craft of leather working, they create belts, wallets and other leather goods from their workshop using traditional techniques.

Discover the Isle of Mull artists who are inspired by this Hebridean isle, creating everything from keepsakes to canvases, and where to visit them.

Calgary Art in Nature

 

Galleries to visit on Mull

You’ll find lots of inspiration for things to do on Mull here, but if it’s arts and crafts that take your fancy, we recommend starting here.

An Tobar, Tobermory

Tucked up the hill from Tobermory’s Main Street, you can follow a fairly steep path up to reach An Tobar. The reward for the walk is an interesting gallery with inspiring exhibitions, as well as a cosy coffee shop and cafe.

Calgary Arts, Calgary

You may have heard of the Calgary Art in Nature trail. Often crafted from unexpected materials, sculptures line this wonderful woodland path. But Calgary is also home to an excellent Gallery that showcases the talents of Isle of Mull artists, as well as a workshop that is one of the island’s creative hubs.

South West Mull Makers, Fionnphort

At the other end of the island in the village where the ferry departs for Iona, you’ll find South West Mull Makers. This gallery brings together all kinds of arts, crafts and items created by local islanders. Much of it is available to buy.

Mull Nature Expeditions – Discover, Record and Be Inspired

Skylarks dancing to the heavens. Meadow Pipits parachuting ground wards. Golden-ringed Dragonflies patrolling the burns. Hen Harriers quartering the hillside…

We all stood in amazement as Mull’s moorland teemed with life! My guests and I were immersing ourselves in spectacular upland ecology on a recent Mull Nature Expedition, undertaking a short leisurely walk to delve deeper into the habitat and experience some of the wilder parts of Mull.

Discover the huge variety of Isle of Mull nature you could see, from otters to dolphins, seals to sea eagles, and learn about their habitats.

Explore Mull’s upland ecosystems

50% of Scotland’s landmass is an upland ecosystem and these habitats are heavily under recorded in terms of species abundance and trends. I am the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) North Argyll Regional Co-ordinator and Nature Scotland is working with the BTO to record all of our avifauna sightings during expeditions on the moors of Mull. On a recent tour, we managed to input data that included 12 male Meadow Pipits on territory, 8 Skylarks in song, 2 occupied Whinchat and Stonechat sites, 8 singing Wrens and 3 separate Hen Harriers.

The invertebrate life that underpins the diverse fauna is also recorded to help provide a greater understanding of the biodiversity on the island. Dragonfly and butterfly sightings along with their co-ordinates are logged manually out in the field. The information is then entered to the online database once I am back in the office. Guests have the option to get involved in the citizen science projects by helping to spot wildlife, write down sightings and take co-ordinate readings using a device provided.

After a lovely morning observing and exploring the moors we travelled to a nearby viewpoint to scan the habitat and have our packed lunch. Whilst enjoying our hot drinks, a distant Golden Eagle was seen in the spotting scope cresting a mountainous skyline. The emblematic species inhabits the wildest parts of the country from high altitude montane to inaccessible coastlines.

Discover the huge variety of Isle of Mull nature you could see, from otters to dolphins, seals to sea eagles, and learn about their habitats.

From sea to summit: diverse habitats on Mull

One of the most exciting things about Mull is the large mixture of landscapes and habitats to explore. There are over 60 wildlife habitats recognised in the UK and the fabric of Mull possesses over 30 of those! On our Nature Expeditions we aim to cover a mixture of habitats by vehicle and on foot throughout the tour.

After our lunch break we made for the coast to search for water-based wildlife. The Eurasian Otter is a real draw-card species and a very popular predator so we make sure to cover Otter habitat on every expedition. Another easy-going walk was undertaken to enable almost constant pauses to scan the surrounding shoreline for movement.

An adult White-tailed Eagle flew right overhead with Harbour Seals visibly hauled out on nearby skerries. Whilst the otters remained elusive this time, we instead encountered a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins. They were working the coastline, surfacing in small groups and also showing sporadic breaching behaviour! We input any cetacean records into the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s ‘Whaletrack’ app.

Discover the huge variety of Isle of Mull nature you could see, from otters to dolphins, seals to sea eagles, and learn about their habitats.

Nature conservation and education

The fourth national seabird census is being undertaken during 2018/19. We have been given the task of co-ordinating all survey coverage efforts on the Isle of Mull. Some of these efforts will be taken on Nature Scotland expeditions during the next two breeding seasons. During our afternoon excursion along the coast we managed to complete some census counts on breeding Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmar.

Education is at the heart of every Nature Scotland experience. I will aim to provide fascinating information on species ecology and anatomy, along with examples of how an ecosystem functions healthily when in a completed state. I will also raise any current conservation issues and threats to UK species. This helps to increase awareness and encourage direct involvement and engagement.

Discover the huge variety of Isle of Mull nature you could see, from otters to dolphins, seals to sea eagles, and learn about their habitats.

Words and Images: Ewan Miles

Ewan runs the Mull based, award-winning eco-tourism operator Nature Scotland (www.naturescotland.com) and offers a variety of tours and experiences that can help you unlock some of the wildlife highlights of the Isle of Mull.

Learn more about Mull’s wildlife ‘big five’ here.

4 Tips for a Fantastic Family Holiday on Mull

The car is packed, picnic lunches are planned and you’re ready to set off on a family holiday on Mull. But just how do you make sure everyone has a great time? We talk you through our top tips…

Plan a family holiday on Mull that everyone will enjoy with these great tips for things to do, places to go and the best holiday homes to stay in.

Find a house for your family holiday

Whether your family is big or small, having plenty of space counts. Book a larger holiday home and you’ll have room to store toys, boots and outdoor kit galore, without any clutter.

If you’re a family of wildlife lovers or who adore sea views, then The Old Ferry House could be just the place for you.

For those who prefer privacy and seclusion, Craig Ben Lodge is an excellent choice. There’s a walled garden for the kids to run about and play and you look out over a loch – great for a swim on a warm day. For larger groups, you can also book Craig Ben Cottage, which is just next door.

If your heart is set on colourful Tobermory, the location where children’s TV show Balamory was filmed, make Carnanamish your base. This spacious holiday home has all the attractions a family could want within easy reach. Even better is the contemporary design that grown-ups will love too.

Plan a family holiday on Mull that everyone will enjoy with these great tips for things to do, places to go and the best holiday homes to stay in.

Plan an action-packed island itinerary

Whether it’s days out at the beach or exciting boat trips, there’s so much to do on a family holiday on Mull.

In Tobermory alone, you can take the family to explore the exhibits at Mull Museum, meet the island’s marine neighbours at the Mull Aquarium or simply build sandcastles on the beach. Should wet weather strike and you prefer to stay inside, the Rainydays play area will fast become a favourite. Discover more things to do on a rainy day.

For adventurous families, there’s the opportunity for wild swimming, rugged country walks and even scenic pony trekking. Find more ideas for your family holiday on Mull in our guide to things to do.

Plan a family holiday on Mull that everyone will enjoy with these great tips for things to do, places to go and the best holiday homes to stay in.

Make meal times memorable

One of the greatest benefits of booking a self-catering cottage for your family holiday on Mull is that you can dine in or out. Eating out every day with the whole family can become expensive and doesn’t always suit your different needs and routines.

Our holiday homes are maintained to beautiful standards, with well-equipped kitchens that make preparing food a pleasure. And if you want to eat at home but don’t fancy cooking, there’s the excellent Lochbuie Larder. Offering home-cooked ready meals delivered on Mull, they’re well worth treating yourselves to.

Plan a family holiday on Mull that everyone will enjoy with these great tips for things to do, places to go and the best holiday homes to stay in.

Celebrate Christmas on Mull

One of the most popular times to get together with family is the festive period. Many of our properties offer a magical base for your Christmas celebrations, complete with spectacular views, luxurious furnishings and some memorable island traditions.

If you can’t get away for Christmas itself, you could visit to see the Tobermory Christmas lights turned on. It’s a feel-good family event that usually takes place in November.

 

Start planning your family holiday on Mull today and browse our hand-picked holiday homes, perfect for families.

Discover Wildlife on the Doorstep at These Holiday Cottages

In this blog post, you’ll follow the entire 300-mile island perimeter to discover the very best cottages for wildlife on Mull.

If you're planning a birdwatching or nature-inspired trip, find out about our best cottages for wildlife on Mull, with wild views from the window!

Grasspoint Cottage, Grasspoint

Located in the south-east corner of Mull, not far from the ferry terminal at Craignure, Grasspoint Cottage has an idyllic location. Your chances of seeing marine wildlife greatly increase here, thanks to the sea wrapping around three sides of the old crofter’s cottage for two. Porpoises and dolphins are highlights on the water, while deer, eagles and otters are stars on shore.

Discover more holiday cottages a stone’s throw from the sea here.

 

If you're planning a birdwatching or nature-inspired trip, find out about our best cottages for wildlife on Mull, with wild views from the window!

Tigh na Mara, Croggan

Tucked away on the shore of Loch Spelve, Croggan is a haven for wildlife. Wait patiently and you may even be rewarded with a view of an otter crunching up a crab for lunch! There are lovely rural walks from the doorstep of Tigh na Mara, which sleeps two, as well as a quiet beach a scenic walk away at Portfield.

 

If you're planning a birdwatching or nature-inspired trip, find out about our best cottages for wildlife on Mull, with wild views from the window!

Craig Ben Lodge, Lochbuie

Presiding over the quiet shores of Loch Uisg, a freshwater loch between lochs Spelve and Buie, Craig Ben Lodge is ideal for group getaways, sleeping 10 people. The walled garden is a tranquil spot from which to watch the local wild and birdlife.

 

If you're planning a birdwatching or nature-inspired trip, find out about our best cottages for wildlife on Mull, with wild views from the window!

Torr na Locha, Ardtun

Moving round to the Ross of Mull in the south west, Torr na Locha, which sleeps eight, has a stunning location by Loch Scridain. This house is another must-stay for marine wildlife on Mull. The chance to spot dolphins while enjoying an afternoon in the garden is not one to be missed!

 

If you're planning a birdwatching or nature-inspired trip, find out about our best cottages for wildlife on Mull, with wild views from the window!

Macquarie House, Gruline

Set just inland of the island’s west coast by the side of the water on Loch Ba, Macquarie House is a tranquil hideaway loved by guests and wildlife on Mull alike!

In the spring, a sea of bluebells decorate the lawn, while the deciduous woodland also returns to leaf. The varied habitats and proximity to Loch na Keal make this an excellent wildlife-watching base for groups of up to 10.

 

If you're planning a birdwatching or nature-inspired trip, find out about our best cottages for wildlife on Mull, with wild views from the window!

Snipe Cottage, Torloisk

Further north up Mull’s west coast, you’ll find Snipe Cottage. This contemporary house benefits from huge windows, which reveal excellent views over Loch Tuath. Beaches, mountains and lochs are all within easy reach of this house, giving guests ample opportunity to spot the ‘big five’ wildlife on Mull.

 

If you're planning a birdwatching or nature-inspired trip, find out about our best cottages for wildlife on Mull, with wild views from the window!

Witch’s Cottage, Croig

In the north-west corner of the island lies Witch’s Cottage, which sleeps four. Croig is a charming spot, with a small harbour and some beautiful beaches to explore. The surrounding woodland and coast makes Witch’s Cottage a great location for watching wildlife on Mull. Scan the skies for soaring eagles or shelter by the rocky shore to wait for otters.

Discover some of Mull’s most magical remote holiday cottages here.

 

If you're planning a birdwatching or nature-inspired trip, find out about our best cottages for wildlife on Mull, with wild views from the window!

Daisy Cottage, Fishnish

Sleeping six, Daisy Cottage is perfect for a family holiday. It’s also perfect for making the most of the wildlife on Mull, with an observatory, microscope and binoculars provided. White-tailed eagles are regular visitors to the area. The garden and pond also attracts varied wildlife, with cameras set up on site to help you spot it.

 

Find out more about Mull’s resident wildlife and the tours available.

8 Island Traditions to Experience When You Visit Mull

The unparalleled wildlife and landscapes are well-known reasons to visit Mull, but there’s more to the island than nature alone.

Home to around 3,000 people, Mull has a brilliant community spirit with lots of cultural events and traditions going on. Here are just a few of them.

Visit Mull and you get more than majestic and wild landscapes, you also experience a thriving island community. Here are 8 ways to enjoy the local culture.

Hogmanay

Hogmanay, or New Year for those south of the border, is the only excuse islanders need to get together, enjoy good food and have a good old knees-up.

Of course, with such a spirited party comes the dreaded walk home. Why not make it easy and book to stay at a cottage within staggering distance of an island inn?

The picturesque Tilliepestle is located a stone’s throw from the oldest inn on the island, The Bellachroy in Dervaig. Or, you could try Bayview House in Bunessan to start the new year with stunning sea views after a night of merriment at the the local. In Tobermory, revellers are spoiled for choice with the Mishnish, MacGochans and others hosting parties into the wee hours.

Visit Mull and you get more than majestic and wild landscapes, you also experience a thriving island community. Here are 8 ways to enjoy the local culture.

Burns Night

On the 25th of January every year, Scots far and wide get together to celebrate Burns Night. A celebration of poet Robert Burns, haggis is top of the menu (check out Ballygown Restaurant who make their own) and, if traditions are upheld, its arrival at dinnertime will be accompanied by a live performance of the bagpipes. It’s also the perfect occasion to sample some of the island’s local whisky, made at the Tobermory Distillery.

Mull Music Festival

From the 25th to the 29th April 2019, the island will be singing with musical talent as Mull Music Festival gets into full swing.

Venues in Tobermory host the majority of the performances. Bands and musicians take over pubs, restaurants and hotels, transforming them into atmospheric live music venues.

You’ll be shoulder-to-shoulder with visitors and locals, enjoying the best of Scottish folk and ceilidh music.

Visit Mull and you get more than majestic and wild landscapes, you also experience a thriving island community. Here are 8 ways to enjoy the local culture.

Highland Games

Visit Mull on Thursday 18th July 2019 to experience the island’s annual Highland Games. It’s a day that unites community spirit and competition, with visitors and locals turning out in droves. With piping, Scottish dancing and lots of sporting events, including the iconic caber toss, this is a truly Scottish day out and great fun for all the family. You’ll find 10 more family friendly island activities here.

Usually held at Erray Park, stay at The Croft or Bookend Cottage and all the excitement will be just a short walk away.

Visit Mull and you get more than majestic and wild landscapes, you also experience a thriving island community. Here are 8 ways to enjoy the local culture.

Salen & Bunessan Agricultural Shows

Both the villages of Salen on Mull’s east coast and Bunessan in the south west host a traditional agricultural show. The shows usually take place in August and are another excellent family day out. Livestock classes will bring you up close to the island’s famous Highland cows, while the dog and horse shows create quite a spectacle. There are lots of stalls to explore and plenty of delicious opportunities to try local food and drink.

Visit Mull and you get more than majestic and wild landscapes, you also experience a thriving island community. Here are 8 ways to enjoy the local culture.

Mull Rally

A long-standing favourite of all Mull’s island traditions is the Mull Rally, which sees the island buzzing with rally cars taking part in timed trials. The Mull Rally takes place in mid-October every year. The island has a bustling feel and there’s plenty to do when you visit Mull, whether spectating the races or making the most of the ceilidhs over the weekend.

Visit Mull and you get more than majestic and wild landscapes, you also experience a thriving island community. Here are 8 ways to enjoy the local culture.

West Over Sea Tobermory Book Festival

A tradition in its infancy, the Tobermory Book Festival launched in 2018. Spear-headed by a literary team of three, the festival offered visitors author meet-and-greets, book launches and readings, as well as live music. It’s an event we hope to see return and grow year-on-year.

Visit Mull and you get more than majestic and wild landscapes, you also experience a thriving island community. Here are 8 ways to enjoy the local culture.

Tobermory Christmas Lights

The turning on of the Christmas lights in Tobermory may be one of the year’s lesser-known traditions for visitors, but what it lacks in tourist publicity it makes up for with charm. The event usually takes place in November.

Come and watch Tobermory’s Main Street light up with festive illuminations and gather round the clock tower and Christmas tree. The shops, restaurants and pubs will be open late, with no shortage of treats to tempt you in. It’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy some late night shopping from local, island businesses. A great reason to visit Mull in winter.

 

Find a brilliant holiday cottage for your getaway. If you visit Mull in the winter months, don’t miss out on cottages offering excellent short breaks.

Discover 8 Idyllic Isle of Mull Waterfalls

The Isle of Mull scenery has to be one of the island’s biggest attractions – mountains and glens, lochs and burns… this island packs a lot into its 338 square miles of space. Isle of Mull waterfalls are also in abundance and here we guide you to some of Mull’s most magical.

Aros Park, Tobermory

Aros Park is well worth a visit, with pathways through forest that offer fun for all the family. But the waterfalls here are spectacular too, surrounded by lush ferns, trees and vegetation. If you’ve been before, visit in autumn when the leaves are a blaze of copper and red. It’ll feel like an entirely different experience again.

Eas Fors waterfall

Perhaps the most well know of all the Isle of Mull waterfalls is Eas Fors. Located on the west coast of Mull, not far from the famed Isle of Mull scenery of Laggan Bay, these falls are easily accessible from the road.

Flowing over three tiers, Eas Fors really is spectacular and a firm favourite with visitors and islanders alike. You can head up or down from the road to see each tier more closely, but take care over the rugged terrain and stay well clear of the drops.

Eas Fors Waterfall

The best thing about sunshine after the rain? The Isle of Mull's waterfalls are in full flow! This one is Eas Fors which is located on the island's north west coast. You park near an old bridge and walk along the river down to the falls which land in the sea on the shore of Loch Tuath.www.isleofmullcottages.com

Posted by Isle of Mull Cottages on Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Ben More pools

These Isle of Mull waterfalls have a character of their own, making them well worth the hike to get there. On the north-west side of Ben More, the Ben More pools burble across the landscape, meandering down smaller but more frequent rocky cascades. The water is magically clear and the falls frothy and soft – an amazing contrast to the mountains behind.

Eas Mor woodland waterfalls

Isle of Mull waterfalls are many and varied, especially after a spell of heavy rain. The fall along the Eas Mor burn has a beautiful, secluded woodland setting. The burn weaves through mossy banks and oak trees, trickling over a number of falls and passing through narrow dark gorges.

It’s an altogether gentler, more serene experience, but no less lovely for that. Complete the experience by following the burn to the end, where you’ll reach the sandy Port Donain beach.

Carsaig

After a nail-biting drive with a plummeting drop to your right as you approach Carsaig, you’ll round a tight stone-walled bend, plunge into dappled shade and be grabbed by the sound of water rushing down beside a red telephone box!  This is Eas na Dabhaich, a cascading burn the source of which is Loch Fraing on the hills above.  This source keeps to falls flowing in all but the driest of weather.

Ben More hills

If you’re looking for hidden gems on thie island that most visitors have yet to discover, try the waterfalls that flow on the Loch na Keal side fo the Ben More hills.  Here at Derryguaig the water cascades dramatically down a rock face into an immaculate blue pool, flanked by stones and surrounded by deciduous trees. It could be paradise, and it certainly gives the beauty of Skye’s fairy pools a run for their money.

Ardmeanach Peninsular

Isle of Mull scenery ranges from rugged moorland to verdant woodland and rocky outcrops, and it’s the latter you’ll find when the burn Allt Airigh nan Caisteal flows into a waterfall.

You might recognise this of all Isle of Mull waterfalls because it found fame during a storm here. The winds were so strong that the water was blown back up the falls – the video of this happening went viral and was featured on news outlets worldwide!  As of 2018 our facebook video has been viewed 2.8 million times!

Waterfall… up.

The stormy winds on Mull today were turning the waterfalls upside down! This was looking toward Ardmeanach 'The Wilderness' on the island's west coast.www.isleofmullcottages.com

Posted by Isle of Mull Cottages on Monday, 1 February 2016

Rubha Dubh

On the South coast of Mull between Carsaig and Lochbuie you’ll find a beautiful fall at Rubha Dubh, where a channel of water slides down between two steep rockfaces.  Cascading between columnar basalt down to the boulder shore below where a small pool supports some unique plant life.  The best bit is you can walk behind this fall and look out to sea at to the waves crashing on the shore!

Which are your favourite Isle of Mull waterfalls and why?

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?

 

 

Seasonal Notes from Mull’s Ninth Wave Restaurant

The Isle of Mull has a thriving food scene. Nowhere is this more in evidence than at the highly acclaimed Ninth Wave restaurant near Fionnphort, on the Isle of Mull’s west coast.  Here Carla Lamont cooks up a storm, while Jonny battles one, to bring you the freshest seafood!  Produce from the croft is brought to the plate with a style and flavour that embodies dining at its best.

We caught up with Carla and asked her to give us her seasonal highlights, along with a delicious dish to go with each of the four seasons of Mull.

Spring

A faint flush of light green appears under the winter-bleached paleness of the tussock grass across Mull’s landscape. The smell of hope and astringent daffodils are on the air. Still-bitter winds and many frosted mornings rule: spring comes late to Mull. Wee toy-like lambs frolic in the fields, creating a perfect photo opportunity. Unbelievably, its time to dig trenches for the tatties while the fresh smell of Nordic snow still lingers over shy primroses.

At the end of April, puffins fly past our shores, following the glittering paths of sand eels to Staffa and Lunga. In May there is a quick fluorescence of bluebells in the island’s wooded vales and hills, before they are overwhelmed by eager hoards of bracken.

A tender new growth of seaweeds are here: sea lettuce, dulse and pepper dulse. Groggy hedgehogs and charming pied wagtails herald warmer weather. For the cooking pot, there are ramsons (wild garlic leaves) and a harvesting of young nettle leaves for blanching and use in soups and sauces.

WILD MULL SEA TROUT AND SHISO CEVICHE

Wild sea trout is such a rare treat we like to serve it this way to preserve its integrity. These Asian flavours also work well with salmon or freshwater trout. Serves 2

  • 230g/9oz sea trout fillets, skinned and boned
  • small handful of washed rocket
  • 20g/¾oz diced mouli
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 wild garlic leaves, chopped finely
  • zest of a lime
  • juice of a lime
  • 1 tsp soft light brown sugar
  • dry flaked sea lettuce
  • 1 radish sliced
  • 80ml/3fl oz of rapeseed oil
  • basil or land cress to garnish

METHOD

Dice the trout into 1cm cubes.
Place all the ingredients except for the trout and rocket into a non-metal bowl. Whisk well until the sugar is dissolved. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.
Add the trout and mix well into the marinade. Leave to rest for 10 minutes, covered, in the fridge. Mix in the mouli and drain off the excess marinade.
Serve in martini glasses or bowls on top of rocket leaves. Garnish with radish and lime wedges.

Summer

Purple heather-covered hills and days that seem to last forever define summer on Mull. The opalescent shoals of stunning mackerel arrive, so get the barbecues ready.

July sees our lower field swaying with the fragrant fronds of meadowsweet. Its delicate blond fronds are used to flavour syrups, custards and our after-dinner chocolates. Dolphins herald the summer and love to follow the fishing and tour boats around Mull, adding magic to any day.

Otters pup in August and can be seen regularly, playing on the shoreline rocks. Drifts of delicate jellyfish are rife, wearing their pinkish-purple four clover emblems and leaving behind stinging legacies on mooring ropes and rocks.

Although gorse blooms many times during the year, the summer blossom seems to be the most potent. The acid yellow blossoms taste and smell enticingly of coconut and are ideal for ice cream, and making liqueur. Beware of the inch-long thorns though!

Elderflower flushes in summer and gives rise to many a cordial, posset, and dessert.

NEW TATTIES AND GARDEN HORSERADISH WITH FRESH MACKEREL

Sweet, creamy-fleshed new potatoes contrast with the crispy mackerel skin of the seared mackerel fillets to produce a very more-ish dish. The horseradish and dill add sharpness and herbaceous notes to this symphony of summer taste. Serves 4

  • 8 mackerel fillets (pin bones removed)
  • 1 tsp dill, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • ¼ tsp sea salt black pepper
  • 30g/1oz broad bean or pea shoots to garnish
  • 2 sprigs of dill for garnish
  • 80g/3oz garden broad beans
  • 480g/1lb new potatoes, cooked with skin on
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tbsp fresh horseradish, grated
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp sugar dissolved in 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp spring onion, finely chopped
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

METHOD

Blanch the baby broad beans in a pan of salted boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and peel off the outer skin if desired.

For the potatoes, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and boil the washed potatoes for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain. When cooled slightly, cut them into quarters. Transfer the potatoes to a mixing bowl. Stir in the sour cream, vinegar, horseradish, shallots and broad beans and season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the mackerel, diagonally score the skin three times on each fillet. This will keep the skin from shrinking too much when searing. Rub the mackerel fillets with the chopped dill. On a plate, mix the flour, salt and a few twists of ground black pepper together. Coat the mackerel fillets all over in the seasoned flour. Shake off the excess flour.

In a very large frying pan, heat the rapeseed oil on medium high and place the mackerel fillets skin-side down. Fry until the skin is crispy and the fillets move easily in the pan, about 2 minutes. Turn over and fry for 1 to 2 minutes until the fish is just opaque.

Divide the tatties between four warmed dinner plates and top with the pan-seared mackerel fillets. Garnish with dill and broad bean shoots.

Autumn

As the haunting calls of the stags float across the russet landscape, seasonal treats like Beech mast, hazelnuts and sloe berries abound.

In the garden it’s potato lifting time. Broccoli, cabbages and other brasicas are ready. Geese and swallows gather, getting ready for their annual migrations. Hedgehogs can be glimpsed at roadsides and in gardens, frantically feeding, to stock up before winter hibernation.
This is the perfect season for foraging mushrooms in the woods of Mull: ceps, chanterelles and wood bluets are amongst the gems.

SMOKED HADDOCK AND TOBERMORY TERROR CONSOMME

This elegant soup is uniquely flavoured with an Isle of Mull beer. It takes a while to make, but the divinely-tasting clear broth you end up with is well worth it. Serves 4

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 380g/14oz carrots, sliced
  • 180g/6½oz celery, chopped
  • 140g/5oz white onion, chopped
  • 100g/3½oz fennel bulb, chopped
  • 30g/1oz shallots, sliced
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • 550ml/20fl oz Tobermory Terror beer (or Guinness)
  • 350ml/11fl oz water
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 5 fillets of Mull smoked haddock
  • 3 egg whites
  • 40g/1½oz  buna shimeji (or other) mushrooms
  • sprig of tarragon
  • blanched julienne of carrot

METHOD 

Dry fry the spices in a medium-hot pan for two minutes, being careful to shake them lest they burn.

Place the butter in a large pot on medium low and add the carrots, celery, onions, shallots and fennel. Stir while gently cooking for 10 minutes, without colouring the vegetables.

Add the spices, beer, water and dark soy sauce and continue to simmer for 35 minutes.

Skin and debone four of the smoked haddock and save the best of the fillets for later. Add all the skin, bones and trimmings, plus one whole haddock fillet, to the vegetable mix in the pot. Simmer for 20 more minutes.

Strain the mixture and allow to cool. Refrigerate for an hour when cool. This will allow you to remove the solidified butter from the top of the stock once it has chilled sufficiently.

When all the solid butter has been removed or strained off, place the stock in a large clean pot. Beat the three egg whites to the soft peak stage and add them to the pot of stock. Place the pot on high heat while whisking the egg whites constantly. Bring to the boil.

Turn down and simmer for 10 minutes. The liquid should now be clear and the egg white raft will have absorbed all the impurities.

Strain the soup through a muslin cloth and discard the whites. Season with sea salt to taste.  Bring a small pot of water to the boil and poach the four fillets in the water for two minutes. Drain.  Divide the clear consommé between the four serving bowls, placing a smoked haddock fillet in each bowl.

Garnish with sautéed mushrooms and thin strips of blanched carrots and a twist of black pepper.

Winter

Jonny the fisherman mends his creels while the relentless, horizontal rain and wind rattle the windows. An earthy smell of wintering grasses pervades in the hills. Slim silhouettes of hazel and birch shine red and silver through the sea harr, when travelling the quiet roads.

The startling velvet-white flourish of the barn owls is often seen above our croft at night.  I have to don a large pair of wellies (that can accommodate 2 pairs of socks) and an old pair of oilskins, to face the quagmire that was once the veg garden. Still, there are brussel sprouts, spinach, kale and root vegetables to be found.

After a day’s fishing or mending the croft fencing, a warming dish of comfort is what’s needed most (besides a wee dram of whisky by the peat fire).  Winter is the best season for lobster and crab fishermen here. At Christmas prices are high as the Spanish market demands seafood for their festive celebrations.

MULL FISH CHOWDER WITH PEPPER DULSE

This chowder is rich and creamy and is a great way to use odd scraps of various fish that you may find in the freezer. You can buy great dried seaweed mixes from Mara Seaweed on the internet. Serves 4

  • 600g/1½lb mixed fish, e.g. hake, haddock, pollock, gurnard, skin and bones removed, and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 5 shallots, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 small bulb fennel, about 180g, diced
  • 1 tbsp plain white flour
  • 90ml/3fl oz chardonnay wine
  • 600ml/20fl oz cooled fish stock
  • ½ tsp sumac powder
  • ¼ tsp Worcester sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried seaweed flakes: dulse, kombu or sea lettuce
  • 350ml/12fl oz double cream
  • sea salt and crushed black pepper to taste

METHOD

Heat a large heavy pot over a low heat. Add butter and, stirring constantly, sweat the shallots, fennel and carrots until the onions are translucent. Add the flour and mix well with a balloon whisk. Continue cooking and stirring over medium heat until the flour/butter mixture has turned a light nutty brown in colour.

Add the wine and cook for a minute, while whisking until all the flour lumps have dissolved.

Add the cold stock, seaweed, sumac, Worcester sauce and the bay leaf. Turn up the heat and bring to the boil while stirring occasionally so that the bottom of the pan does not burn. Turn the heat down and simmer for 8-10 minutes. When the carrots are almost tender, add the fish cubes and season. Cook over a low heat until the fish is done – 2 to 4 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat. Gently stir in the cream and season again if necessary. Heat gently to scald, not boiling and serve with plenty of bread or crackers.

Be sure to dine at Ninth Wave Restaurant on you next visit to sample some of their delicious food!  Contact: enquiries@ninthwaverestaurant.co.uk|01681 700 757

See our full listings of Restaurants on the Isle of Mull