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September, 2020 Archive

Travel Advice for Guests

Travel information  |  FAQs answered

Travel to the Island
You can see the summer timetable from Oban to Craignure between 15th July 2020 to 18th October 2020 here: Summer Timetable (you can also see the Lochaline to Fishnish timetable here).  The winter timetable has also now been released, which covers dates between 19th October 2020 and 25th March 2021 and can be seen here: Winter Timetable

Bookings are now available for the duration of the timetable, which means guests can book in advance on the service, as usual.  The Lochaline to Fishnish service is also running, as usual, on a turn up and go basis.  There are two different boats that Calmac use on the service travelling between Craignure and Oban, the ‘Isle of Mull’ and the ‘Coruisk’.  If you choose a Coruisk sailing, it is worth noting that you will be asked to stay in your vehicle for the duration of the sailing.

When is my balance due and will it be collected automatically?
This year we are not requesting balance payments on their usual due date (six weeks before travel).  Instead, we will request your balance payment two weeks before your arrival date.   You will receive an email from us at this point with a link for making payment online via our secure facility.

New Bookings for 2020 and 2021
For any new bookings in 2020, we are now requesting deposit payments as normal when you make a reservation with us.  We have limited availabillity this year.   The balance payment becomes payable two weeks before arrival.  For bookings in 2021, our terms and conditions of hire apply.  A deposit of 30% of the rental fee is requested within five days of you making a reservation and the balance is due six weeks before arrival.

Cancellation Policy
In addition to our terms and conditions, we have new rules in place owing to the government policies around travel in the UK at present.  If you are unable to travel to Mull due to a local government lockdown, or because you are adhering to guidelines, such as the ‘rule of six’ (your party exceeds that number and you are not able to change your plans and reduce your group size), we would offer you a transfer of dates in the first instance and, if that wasn’t agreeable, we would request that the owner refund you in full (and would return our commission element of the fee you paid in full).  If however, you decide not to travel for any other reason, our usual cancellation policy would apply.  That means we will only be able to refund the amount you have paid towards your booking (less an administration fee of £30), if we are able to re-book the accommodation for your period of hire (at the same rate).

Cleaning Protocols
The new cleaning protocols have been passed onto all our property owners and their housekeepers, to allow them to make preparations for receiving guests.  As the booking Agent for the holiday cottages on our website, we can’t dictate what is put in place at each property – that is for each owner/housekeeper to decide, but we have put together a general document which we send out to all guests, pre-arrival, to help keep everyone informed and safe, and will give you contact details for the property caretaker/owner, should you have any specific questions.

Please note that in normal circumstances, bed linen is provided at all the properties we let, but at the current time, there are several owners who have implemented changes and are asking guests to bring their own bed linen, so please check our property information carefully before travelling.  There may be slight changes to arrival and departure times too, to help give the housekeeper enough time to changeover the property, whilst adhering to the new stringent rules that are in place.

A Final Note
Please note we are doing our best in the rapidly changing landscape, to adapt to new policies, and keep guests and our owners informed as best we can at every step.  We much appreciate your support.

Thank you.
Isle of Mull Cottages

10 Reasons to Visit the Ross of Mull

Whether you’ve booked a cottage in the island’s wild south west or are planning a day trip from Tobermory, discover 10 reasons to explore the Ross of Mull. From beaches to island hopping, wildlife to rocks, there’s plenty to inspire your next holiday on Mull.

Fidden beach on the Ross of Mull

1 Breath-taking Beaches

From Knockvologan’s sheltered coves, dotted with pink granite outcrops, to the glittering seascapes of Uisken and Ardalanish with views to outlying islands, to little known sandy beaches flanked by hills and reached by the adventurous – the Ross of Mull has it all. There are beaches you can park beside and beaches well off the beaten track. There’s even a beach rumoured to be a favourite among the Royals! Choose your favourites to visit with our guide to beaches on the Ross of Mull.

2 Isle of Iona

No where on Mull is it easier to experience the charming island of Iona, than from a cottage on the Ross of Mull. Whether you pick Pennyghael, Ardtun or even Loch Assapol as your location for the week, the short ferry crossing from Fionnphort to Iona is within easy reach. Iona makes an excellent day trip with a visit to the Abbey, a walk to hear the corncrakes in season, or a stroll to the beautiful Bay at the Back of the Ocean.

Sea eagle dives for fish

3 Wonderful Wildlife

Mull is well known as a wildlife capital and the Ross of Mull is no different. Spend some time exploring loch and land with the chance to encounter otters, white tailed sea eagles, golden eagles, red deer and seals. If you’re particularly lucky, you may even spot dolphins or a porpoise passing through the sea lochs, or escorting a local fishing boat back to shore. There are even cottages where you can watch wildlife from the window, with hen harriers often sighted from Keills Cottage.

4 Locally Landed Seafood

The Ross of Mull forms a narrow peninsula, bordered by sea on both sides. The proximity to the coast means seafood is often top of the menu. Enjoy the locally landed catch in a laid-back setting at the Creel Seafood Bar beside the ferry slipway in Fionnphort, or for fine dining, book a table at Ninth Wave.

Mull’s wilderness peninsula with a waterfall in reverse during high winds

5 Wilderness Peninsula

The beautiful waters of Loch Scridain carve their way along the north side of the Ross. Across the water, the dramatic Ardmeanach peninsula comes into view. This wildly beautiful area is easily reached by taking the road signposted the ‘Scenic Route to Salen’, then bearing off beside Kilfinichen Bay, following singposts for Tiroran and the Burg. From the designated parking area, there are dramatic landscapes to explore, with a day-long hike leading you to MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree.

6 Great Geology

This part of Mull has a distinctly different geological makeup to much of the island. Pink granite rocks stand out in the landscape and glow beautifully come sunset. The beaches at Knockvologan and Fidden offer great examples, as does the walk past the disused quarry at Fionnphort. Further along the Ross, you can also explore the shoreline at Ardtun to encounter striking fossil leaf beds.

Carsaig Arches - a challenging walk on the south coast

7 Carsaig Arches

The amazing geology doesn’t stop there, because at Carsaig, arguably one of Mull’s most magnificent natural features awaits – the Carsaig Arches. Reached by a dramatic and nerve-tingling walk along challenging coastline, the route will test your bravery at times, but the reward when you reach the arches is spectacular. Find out more about getting there with our guide to visiting the Carsaig Arches.

8 Crofting Culture

The Ross of Mull has a strong history of crofting. You can still feel the tradition as you explore the local area to this day. Call into the Crofter’s Kitchen at Kintra to stock up on local produce, or take part in a craft workshop at Ardtun’s local willow croft. There’s also the Ross of Mull Historical Centre to explore.

Dramatic basalt columns on Staffa

9 Sailings to Staffa

As well as affording easy access to Iona, you can also sail for Staffa from Fionnphort on the Ross. In early summer, visit to meet the characterful puffins, who will be busy in their burrows raising this year’s young. All year round, boat trips to Staffa promise the magic and drama of experiencing Fingal’s Cave and the dramatic basalt columns the island is famous for.

10 Island Hopping

If visiting Iona and Staffa haven’t quite completed your island-hopping fix, then you can also visit one of Mull’s least explored outlying islands from the Ross of Mull – the Isle of Erraid. At low tide, you can walk across the tidal sandbar on Knockvologan beach to reach Erraid. But do make sure you consult the tide times! Make sure you’re back on Mull before high tide cuts Erraid off. Walk to the island’s disused lighthouse observatory or visit the sandy beach on the island’s south coast.

Inspired to visit the Ross of Mull? Book one of our cottages today and hone in on your perfect spot with our cottage map.