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New for 2022: Amazing Holiday Cottages on Mull

Mor Aoibhneas, a purpose-built homestay for up to eight guests with views to the Ardmeanach peninsula and the sea.

Mor Aoibhneas, Bunessan

The most recent addition to the Isle of Mull Cottages range is Mor Aoibhneas (pronounced More Eve-ness). And if you’re wondering what the name of this seriously special homestay for eight means, it translates from Gaelic as ‘Great Joy’. When you turn the key, step inside and relax into this gorgeously designed home for the week, we guarantee that’s exactly what you’ll feel…

Maple Cottage (the third from the left) sits on a stunning yet little-known corner of the Ross of Mull’s coast at Kintra.

Maple Cottage, Kintra

This one’s for those seeking that magical, picture-postcard spot that hasn’t yet been discovered by many. Kintra, tucked away a few miles from Fionnphort on the far south westerly peninsula of Mull, is where you’ll find Maple Cottage, standing sleepily a stone’s throw from the sea, with gorgeous tiny islands in view. Welcoming up to five guests, you’ll soon find yourselves relaxing beside the wood burning stove as you sift through the day’s beachcombed treasures.

Shore Croft sits just above Uisken beach, promising the perfect haven for those wishing to indulge in some vitamin sea.

Shore Croft, Uisken Beach

This is a cottage that has oodles of atmosphere, whether the skies are clear and the sea is twinkling an irresistible turquoise tone, or the clouds hug the headlands and white horses sweep in up the beach. Cocooned within centuries-old stone walls, you’ll feel truly rested and totally snug at Shore Croft whatever the Hebridean weather brings, with the beach on the doorstep for a lazy stroll in the sunshine or a bracing dash in the showers.

The Whisky Rooms has a prime location on Tobermory’s harbourfront, with eateries, boat trips and more quite literally on the doorstep.

The Whisky Rooms, Tobermory

A chic and contemporary harbourside pad in the island’s vibrant town of Tobermory. Perfect for couple’s wishing to tick off adventure-seeking boat trips to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles, bucket list walks to Rubh nan Gall lighthouse and the freshest seafood from pier to plate, perhaps even a sunset gin cruise around Calve Island. It’s all on your doorstep at The Whisky Rooms.

Mucmara Lodge is a pet friendly property for six on the edge of the village of Dervaig, beside the Quinish Estate.

Mucmara Lodge, Dervaig

Luxury on the edge of the wild, Mucmara Lodge beckons with sumptuously modern interiors and a second-to-none location above Loch Cuin, beside the Quinish Estate and with its own private loch in the grounds! The perfect base for outdoorsy friends or families keen to take on the island’s hiking trails, biking routes and wildlife spotting opportunities, plus you can bring your pets too!

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A Dog Friendly Day Out on the Isle of Mull

As the ferry sails into Craignure from the west coast town of Oban, it’s time for your adventure on the island to begin! Just across from the pier, you’ll find the lovely little café Blethers. The perfect spot to warm up with a steaming mug of coffee, often with treats for your dog too! They’re also known for an excellent fish and chip supper, should your ferry happen to coincide with lunchtime…

A winter walk onto the hills on Mull

Dog friendly day out on the Ross of Mull

Rested and refuelled, it’s time to hit the road and enjoy a taste of what Mull has to offer! For those staying on the Ross of Mull, then a stop at Ardura Community Woodland on the way to your dog friendly cottage is a must. From the parking area just off the Glen More road, a quiet track ambles along the meandering River Lussa deep into the glen, with wonderful views to Mull’s mountains through the oak woodland, as well as a memorial to John Jones, beside Pedlars Pool.

Follow the course of the River Lussa along the path through the Ardura Community Forest

Returning to the car, there are yet more views to soak up as you pass through the glen with steep hills rising to either side. As you drop down towards Pennyghael and Loch Scridain opens up before you, Ben More will tower to your right, and you find yourselves on the Ross.

Let your four-legged-friends stretch their legs on Ardalanish beach

If time allows, continue on before heading to your dog friendly holiday cottage and sample your first of many beautiful beaches. The fine sands of Uisken and Ardalanish will all be wonderful sights to start your holiday. Or, for those who venture as far as Fidden, there’s a taste of more to come with the outlying islands of Iona and Erraid in view too, both of which make excellent dog friendly days out during your holiday on Mull, with stunning scenic walks and coastline.

Refreshed by the sea breeze and salty air, wipe off those muddy paws and sink into the warm welcome of your dog friendly holiday cottage. A call before your arrival to the Lochbuie Larder comes highly recommended, meaning you can tuck into locally sourced, homemade ready meals for your first night on the island. The Argyll Arms pub in Bunessan will also be a welcome visit during your stay, where your four-legged-friends will feel at home too.

Exploring Traigh na Cille beach in north west Mull

Dog friendly day out in North Mull

For those staying in the island’s north, enjoy the scenic drive up along the edge of Salen Bay, stopping to see the iconic shipwrecks and the seals so often on the skerries. Just before the stone bridge with a left hand turn to Dervaig, make time for the first of many walks on the island as you follow the lane along the Aros river estuary to the ruins of the 16th century Aros Castle. This makes a great short walk with lots of birdlife to see to stretch your legs after the ferry.

One of several dog friendly walks around Aros Park, near Tobermory, which follows the shore of the lochan

Back in the car, continue up the east coast with great views of the Sound of Mull as you go. Then, as you near Tobermory, make a right turn and follow the rhododendron-lined driveway down to Aros Park. Here, a dog friendly wonderland of trails awaits, following the course of waterfalls, circuiting the lochan or hugging the coast all the way to Tobermory’s harbourfront. Pick any one of them or try them all – they’re sure to be a favourite with four-legged-friends.

Enjoy dinner in one of several pet friendly pubs on Tobermory’s harbourfront

As you arrive at your dog friendly holiday cottage on Mull, it’s time to pull off your boots, wipe off their paws and settle in for a relaxing stay. And if you fancy a night off cooking, you’re in luck, as many of North Mull’s cafes and restaurants are dog friendly. They’ll be all too happy to curl up beside the fire in the Mishnish pub, or to join you for dinner at MacGochans at the end of the harbour.

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How to Have a More Eco-Friendly Holiday on Mull

An island with mountains, lochs and undulating coastline, Mull is a must-visit for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and beach goers. If you want to do your bit to have a more eco-friendly holiday on Mull and preserve the island’s special landscapes, traditions and culture, try these simple tips.

Leave the car at the cottage and walk to Mull's most scenic spots for a more eco-friendly holiday on Mull

Greener travel

Mull has miles and miles of walking tracks, from challenging hill climbs to more leisurely forestry tracks and beach walks. Exploring by foot or bike instantly cuts your carbon footprint, with the bonus of having more time to watch for wildlife and take in the views. Find more inspiration for walking routes on Mull.

For longer journeys, why not make use of the island’s well-connected bus service? Even one journey here or there can help achieve a more eco-friendly holiday on Mull.

You could also book a holiday cottage within walking distance of your must-see attractions. Try Canna overlooking the harbour in Tobermory, Calgary Bay Cottage right beside the beach or Ploughman’s Cottage for epic walks to Shiaba and Kilvickeon Beach.

Dragonsfly Rest, a holiday cottage on Mull with eco-friendly initiatives

Eco-friendly holiday cottages

We’ve got lots of eco-friendly holiday cottages on Mull, but that doesn’t mean going back to basics for a week.

Pet friendly Carnanamish in Tobermory is a contemporary holiday home for eight with stunning sea views. The sustainable measures here are built in to the fabric of the building. For example, the large windows make the most of solar gain, while the air exchange heat pump offers eco-friendly heating.

Likewise, pet friendly Dragonsfly Rest on the Ross of Mull combines a wood burning stove with solar panels to keep the cottage cosy, with temperature controls on each radiator providing all the modern conveniences too.

Highland cow beside Shepherd's Light cottage on Mull

Local produce

Guests often ask us about the best places to do your food shopping on Mull. This can be a great way to plan a more eco-friendly holiday on Mull too. We are fortunate to have a wide range of local producers and purveyors to choose from, ranging from the Tobermory Fish Company to Tobermory Bakery, Inverlussa Shellfish to Isle of Mull Cheese.

There’s also the opportunity to stock up from local growers and producers at the regular Producer’s Markets. These take place in Tobermory, Craignure, Pennyghael and Dervaig. Many also sell direct from the farm, so you can indulge in fresh vegetables from Glengorm Gardens, Hebridean hogget and Highland beef from Ardalanish and pork from the Greenleaves Croft in Ardtun.

The Crofter’s Kitchen and Garden at Kintra is also well worth a visit for local produce and eggs in season. And for those who wish to enjoy the local bounty without cooking themselves, place an order with the Lochbuie Larder. Creators of homemade ready meals, many featuring ingredients from the Lochbuie estate, these are a favourite among our guests.

Book your holiday cottage and start planning your visit to Mull today.

Celebrate Christmas on Mull This Year

Tempted to spend Christmas on Mull but not sure where to start? Plan the perfect festive getaway, whether for all the clan or just for two, with our top tips.

Christmas lights reflecting in the water at night along Tobermory harbour in winter

Christmas lights along Tobermory harbour

Island fare

One of the most anticipated parts of any Christmas celebration is dinner, whether you enjoy it at lunchtime, teatime or any hour in between. And on Mull, we’ve got some of the most irresistible island-produced ingredients to elevate it to a feast.

Think locally caught shellfish starters or Inverlussa mussels cooked deliciously with garlic and a splash of white wine. Then it’s onto the main course, where local flavours join the traditional roast turkey, with trimmings like venison or game pie and pigs in blankets from croft-produced pork.

For dessert, try a locally made Clootie dumpling or pick up a homemade Christmas cake. Add something savoury with Isle of Mull cheese and oatcakes.

 

Roaring log burning fire at The Old Little Theatre holiday cottage on Mull with a plate of mince pies, glass of whisky and Christmas decorations

Christmas at The Old Little Theatre

The Christmas spirit

The Scottish islands have a storied history when it comes to making whisky, with a whole host of secret stills and well-known distilleries. It is no different on the Isle of Mull. Explore the Tobermory Distillery with an expert guide, where whisky has been produced since 1798. To experience the other side, walk to the ‘whisky cave’ on the west coast. You can guess how it earned its name!

Then there is the recent taste for gin, which has gone up and up. You’ll find this trendy spirit being distilled and bottled on Mull now too. Call into the Whitetail Distillery at Tiroran to sample a tipple or two in their coffee shop, take a bottle back to your cottage and peek behind the scenes at the copper stills in action.

 

Holiday cottages for Christmas on Mull

Magnificent dining room at Oakfield House in Tobermory with antique furniture and sea views from the window

Oakfield House

A grand Victorian house for 10 with some of the best sea views in all of Tobermory, Oakfield House was made for family get-togethers at Christmas.

Preparing Christmas dinner will be a breeze with an Everhot range cooker featuring not one but three ovens, as well as two large fridge freezers. And then there’s the dining room.  With a superb sea view and antique furniture fit for the most special occasions, dinner will be decadent.

Plates emptied and stomachs merry, it’s on to the two living rooms to relax beside the fire and get out the board games.

 

View over the hills from the sleigh bed at The Old Little Theatre

The Old Little Theatre

A Christmas bolthole for two. The Old Little Theatre oozes luxury and in the winter light, its dramatic interiors really come into their own. Light the fire, poor a dram and help yourself to a mince pie on Christmas Eve, then wake up on Christmas morning in a sumptuous sleigh bed, snuggled in faux fur throws. The stage is set for a magical Christmas.

 

Witch's Cottage, a holiday cottage by the sea on Mull, surrounded by snow in the winter

Witch’s Cottage

Celebrate Christmas on Mull beside the sea at Witch’s Cottage. Escape it all for a week of pure relaxation walking the coastline and watching the wildlife from your window-side perch. Wander past the pier and out to the sandy beaches at Croig and you’ll almost certainly have them to yourselves!

 

Luxury holiday cottage on Mull, Burn Cottage, pictured in the snow with blue skies

Burn Cottage

Old meets new at Burn Cottage, bringing you an enchanting setting in the depths of winter, with all the convenience (and luxuries) of a contemporary property inside. Think a high-spec chef’s kitchen, perfect for Christmas dinner, as well as toasty underfloor heating to complement the wood-burning stove.

 

Pet friendly holiday cottage on Mull, Dobhran Croft at Lochbuie pictured at night while snow is falling - the perfect place to spend Christmas on Mull

Dobhran Croft

Wake up on Christmas morning at a cosy cottage and perhaps even see deer in the garden! Spend Christmas on Mull at Dobhran Croft and follow stockings with a bracing beach walk from Lochbuie to Laggan Sands. Then return to the cottage to warm yourselves beside the fire and dig into an island-inspired feast!

Book your winter escape on the Isle of Mull today.

Winter on the Isle of Mull with snow-covered mountains, blue skies and the moon above

Sunrise light on Sgurr Dearg

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.

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

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.

Pet Friendly Holiday Cottages on the Isle of Mull

Some people base their holidays around their dogs, so they set out with pet friendly holiday cottages in mind.  ‘We’re visiting the island because we think Jake is going to like it’ was the start of a recent telephone conversation.  It just took me a couple of minutes to figure out who Jake was.  As it happens, we are on the dog’s side at Isle of Mull Cottages.  We encourage owners to make their holiday cottages available to those bringing their pooches with them.  After all, it’s fair to say that there might be a few visitors to this part of Scotland who are outdoor enthusiasts, in one form or another, and are therefore quite likely to have a dog they would like to bring with them.

Leaving your pets on holiday can be both expensive and sad, so why not bring them with you? Your dogs are welcome here in our pet friendly holiday cottages

Looking for a holiday cottage…

So today we’re looking at our pet friendly holiday cottages to stay in from the canine perspective.  Is there an enclosed garden?  Are there walks from the doorstep?  Can I get to a beach quite quickly?  Here are our top three doggy destinations for pet friendly holiday cottages…

Calgary Cottage

Yes, there is a lovely garden and yes, there is a fantastic beach within walking distance.  Happy days.

Leaving your pets on holiday can be both expensive and sad, so why not bring them with you? Your dogs are welcome here in our pet friendly holiday cottages

Great garden to explore

Shepherd’s Cottage

Again, a great garden at this little cottage which stands proudly on the hillside above the river Aros, looking out over the Sound of Mull.  There is a great little circular route around Aros castle that will delight your dog’s senses.

Leaving your pets on holiday can be both expensive and sad, so why not bring them with you? Your dogs are welcome here in our pet friendly holiday cottages

Great walking territory from Shepherd’s Cottage

Craig Ben Cottage

Truly beautiful scenery, a freshwater loch on the doorstep (plenty of sticks too) and a beach just down the road, Craig Ben Cottage is a fabulous, dog friendly option.

Leaving your pets on holiday can be both expensive and sad, so why not bring them with you? Your dogs are welcome here in our pet friendly holiday cottages

Short walk to the loch from Craig Ben Cottage for a quick dip

To be honest, you can’t go too far wrong when choosing pet friendly holiday cottages from our host of dog friendly options.   Your dog is likely to be quite pleased with your holiday choice.  They will know they are going somewhere special as soon as they board the CalMac boat to get to Mull, and I’m afraid they are likely to be disappointed to leave too.  You might just have to come again next year!

 

What is top of your dog’s wish list for pet friendly holiday cottages?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Cottages by the Sea on the Isle of Mull

‘I’d like a cottage by the sea please.’  A simple request you might think?  But actually, how many houses are really beside the sea?  A sea view, yes. That we can accommodate in lots of properties, but a stone’s throw is a different matter.  Luckily, we’re as obsessed with cottages by the sea as you are. Here are some cracking options to get you excited for your next Mull getaway…

1. Grasspoint Cottage

If you want to smell the sea air when you step out the door and be able to take less than two dozen steps before you are submersed in sea water, Grasspoint Cottage is what you are looking for.  On top of that, the furnishings give it a lovely, quirky, rustic vibe.  The cosy accommodation with wood burning stove and bed in the the living room add to the ambience in the evenings.  It might not be five-star accommodation, but it is a five-star experience. We’d highly recommend booking Grasspoint Cottage for those wanting to get cosy by the sea.

We all dream of going on holiday and staying in cottages by the sea on the Isle of Mull, a rugged and wildly beautiful Scottish island. With these, you can!

Grasspoint Cottage on Mull

2.  The Old Church

How does a historical building, converted into a luxurious pad, with sea views and a path to the water’s edge sound? Quite good?  The Old Church is even better than you imagine! The interior is fabulous, the views are amazing and you can sit on the garden bench and watch for seals, otters or even dolphins. It’s really is that good.

We all dream of going on holiday and staying in cottages by the sea on the Isle of Mull, a rugged and wildly beautiful Scottish island. With these, you can!

The Old Church at Pennyghael

3. The Old School House

Again, we’re not messing around here. The sea is literally a stone’s throw away from the Old School House, making it an ideal options for cottages by the sea. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, there is a gravel track that leads around the coastline through mature woodland, past pebble and sandy beaches. It’s idyllic (and that word gets used a lot, but it really is). The Old School House has an olde world charm and the sort of stunning, mountainous scenery surrounding it that makes you want to come back again and again.

We all dream of going on holiday and staying in cottages by the sea on the Isle of Mull, a rugged and wildly beautiful Scottish island. With these, you can!

The Old School House at Croggan

4. The Bothy

You’d have thought by now we would be getting onto lesser options for cottages by the sea, but we haven’t. The Bothy is ultra special. If you want to feel like you have reached the end of the earth and to have your mind blown by a huge, sweeping expanse of beach in front of your cosy cottage for two, then The Bothy is for you. This little area of Mull is divine with a capital ‘D’; you will not want to leave. You will also love more of our remote holiday cottages – take a look for some wild inspiration for your next stay.

We all dream of going on holiday and staying in cottages by the sea on the Isle of Mull, a rugged and wildly beautiful Scottish island. With these, you can!

The Bothy at Lochbuie

5. Sands Cottage

If you want to stay in Sands Cottage, heed this word of warning: you have to book well in advance. Take one of the best known beaches on the island (because it is truly beautiful), add a lovely stone built cottage with a stylish interior and buckets of character, and you get a hot cake of a property that everyone wants to stay in. Sandy toes in the ocean can be achieved just across the road from Sands Cottage.

We all dream of going on holiday and staying in cottages by the sea on the Isle of Mull, a rugged and wildly beautiful Scottish island. With these, you can!

Sands Cottage at Calgary

 

For more tips for booking the perfect holiday cottage on Mull, use this guide.

 

Have you got a favourite of our cottages by the sea on Mull?