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Walking Guide: MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree

It’s easy to see how the headland dubbed Mull’s wilderness peninsula earned its name. Venture out on the tidal walk to MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree and you’ll experience the wilds first hand, for while the route is for much of the way straight forward, the views are ruggedly magnificent.

Then, upon reaching the final leg of the outwards journey, the lower level scramble over rocks along the shore and the descent of the metal ladder to get there certainly add to the challenge. One made well worth it by the spectacular waterfalls and 55 million year old fossil tree.

Ardmeaneach peninsula wilderness headland meeting the sea at Loch Scridain with steep cliffs and blue skies above

Reaching the start

The walk to MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree begins just beyond Tiroran in south west Mull, so Gardener’s Cottage, Woodland Cottage and The Old Byre make excellent bases from which to begin the hike.

Coming from the Ross of Mull, turn left onto the ‘Scenic Route to Salen’, then a few miles on, take another left signposted to Tiroran and Burg. Continue along the lane until you reach the parking area. Coming from the north, follow the coast road along Loch na Keal heading south. Pass the Gribun cliffs and later, the Tiroran Community Forest before turning right at the signpost for Tiroran and Burg.

The walk to MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree

The walk to MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree follows the southern coastline of the Ardmeanach peninsula for much of the way, before rounding the headland as you approach the tree. Cast your gaze in the direction of loch Scridain, which sits at your side all the way out, and take in the beautiful Ross of Mull scenery beyond. There are eagles to watch, wildlife to spot and – if you’re very lucky – perhaps even a passing pod of dolphins.

Stone memorial cairn to Daisy Cheape on the way to MacCulloch's Fossil Tree

The route is easy going to start with, both for the navigator and for the feet. Simply follow the track towards the farm at Burg and then onwards through the woodland and the memorial to Daisy Cheape.

Waterfall cascading down lush green and rocky cliffs on Ardmeanach peninsula, Isle of Mull

Bearing north to follow the coast round the peninsula, you enter the final stage of the walk to MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree. It’s here that the journey begins to feel more like a hike. Waterfalls punctuate the sea and wilderness views, being all the more atmospheric after a period of rain. When you reach the metal ladder, descend carefully to the rock-strewn shoreline below before reaching the fossil tree.

Close up view of basalt lava cast of MacCulloch's Fossil Tree

Spectacular rock formations and geology on the walk to MacCulloch's Fossil Tree

As you’ll be on the shore, this walk is best planned carefully with the tides to ensure you can actually reach the rocky beach below to explore. Turn away from the sea to face the cliff you just descended and take in the majesty of the fossil tree remnants, dramatically displayed within their basalt lava cast, before returning the way you came.

rocky shoreline with rock pool with large cliff towering above at Burg on Mull

The walk to MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree will take the best part of the day. Prepare to enjoy some of the most staggering Isle of Mull scenery as you venture there and back.

If you plan to enjoy some of Mull’s best walks, don’t miss our guide to the hike to Carsaig Arches too.

 

 

Walking Guide: Carsaig Arches

Often heralded as one of the most challenging walks on Mull, a hike to the Carsaig Arches is undeniably also one of the most spectacular. It’s the uncompromising landscape that makes the route so tricky and yet so stunning. The way is punctuated by steep-sided cliffs and sheer drops, as well as being strewn with rocks. But it’s the same landscape that makes the experience so remarkable, even before you reach the arches themselves. For keen walkers, venturing to the Carsaig Arches is highly recommended.

Carsaig Arches in blue sky and sunshine, low tide.

Along the shoreline route, your gaze leads directly out to the sea south of Mull. On a clear day, it can land on neighbouring islands, or simply soak in the steady, rhythmic swell of the waves as they sweep in. Look out for Colonsay and Jura, unmistakable with its towering Paps, on the horizon.

Rock pools along the way to the Carsaig Arches

Follow the shoreline west to reach the Carsaig Arches.

It’s not a walk for those not physically prepared to put in the best part of a day navigating difficult ground over uneven, rocky shoreline. Take provisions to keep your energy levels up and stay hydrated. Pull on your sturdiest pair of walking boots, because when you reach the Carsaig Arches and take in the naturally eroded features first-hand, you’ll be glad you made the trip.

 

The walk to Carsaig Arches on Mull

Your journey begins on foot from the small parking area beside the pier at Carsaig. Getting here in itself is a bit of an adventure. Turning off just outside Pennyghael, follow a narrow lane down hill. You will first pass a waterfall and red phone box before reaching the pier and sea.

Keep an eye out for the seals that often claim these rocks for a spot to slumber. They won’t be the only wildlife you can expect to meet. Wild goats roam the cliffs here, and eagles aren’t uncommon sights overhead.

Carsaig Bay from sea level with lush green headland beyond

View of Carsaig Bay at the beginning of the walk.

Head west around Carsaig Bay to begin your journey to the Carsaig Arches. Following the coastline makes navigating reasonably straight forward, which is helpful when the terrain demands more of your attention. Following the shore along enables you to appreciate the magnitude of the cliffs above, where you can still discern the different lava flows that formed much of Mull’s landscape 60 million years ago.

Interesting rock formations on the walk to the Carsaig Arches

The shoreline around Carsaig has interesting geology.

As you walk, you’ll gain a unique insight into Mull’s intriguing geology. If you’re ready for a break, take some time out to pay closer attention to the rocks. You can even locate the KT boundary in the cliffs along the route. This section in the rock dates back to the event that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Steep hillsides around Carsaig

The route to the Carsaig Arches runs along the shore at the base of these cliffs.

 

Reaching the Carsaig Arches

When you near Malcolm’s Point, you have almost reached the Carsaig Arches. Just a short distance on from here delivers you an excellent view. Take your time to photograph the arches, eroded by the tides into the rock. They are another example of columnar basalt, which you’ll also see on a voyage to Staffa and Fingal’s Cave.

Second arch at Carsaig Arches, a challenging hike on Mull

The spectacular second arch, viewed at a distance.

It is possible to climb up to the second arch, but this comes with significant risks. The way is exposed, the path virtually non-existent and the drops to either side treacherous. For this reason, many prefer to take in the second arch from a safer vantage point, rather than ascending it. Return the way you came with a full camera and an amazing memory from your holiday on Mull. Discover more walks on Mull and check out a map of the route to the Carsaig Arches.

View through the second arch on the walk to Carsaig Arches

Waves crashing through the arch.

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

Where to Go Wild Swimming on Mull

For the converted, wild swimming offers invigoration akin to the feeling of summiting a mountain for a hiker. The temperatures tend to be bracing, the experience intrinsically in touch with the elements. Depending on where you choose to go wild swimming on Mull, it can be just as physically challenging as cresting a peak too.

Practised with care, wild swimming on Mull opens up an entirely new experience of the island from its waterways. Float in silent bays, cool off in pools filled by gentle waterfalls. Soak up the island views, often from sea level, and connect with nature anew. Here are some places you could try wild swimming on Mull.

Wild swimming in North Mull

Croig

Wild swimming on Mull in the bays around Croig at sunset

A visit to Croig in itself is a real treat, but it’s also a brilliant spot for wild swimming on Mull. The wee harbour has oodles of charm, with traditional stone walls, a sleepy feel and fishing pots piled by the pier. You can park the car by the roadside before setting out on the path that meanders along this stretch of coast.

Wild swimmer enters the sea from a sandy cove at Croig between two rocky outcrops

You’ll find several sandy coves that are oh-so appealing for a wild swim, with the walk back to the car a good way to warm up after dipping into the water.

Calgary

Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull with clear turquoise sea and white shell sand

Perhaps unsurprisingly given its reputation as Mull’s most beautiful beach, the clear waters of Calgary Bay are another hotspot for wild swimming on Mull. You’ll find plenty of visitors donning a wetsuit and taking a dip, while the hardiest head straight in in costumes. The horseshoe-shaped bay and headlands to either side mean the waters are fairly sheltered here.

Swimming with the fish in Calgary Bay's blue waters

And as with the best of wild swimming on Mull, you won’t be the only one out for a paddle. Calgary Bay’s waters are incredibly clear, giving you excellent views of the fish that flit about beside you.

 

Making a splash on the West Coast

Waterfall cascading into turquoise pool flanked by rocks and trees on a sunny dayLooking down the top of the waterfall

Ben More Pools

Ben More may be best known as a munro to bag, but explore its slopes and foothills and you’ll find some enchanting wild swimming spots too. This crystal-clear pool is filled by the waterfall, creating an ultra atmospheric experience. You’ll almost certainly have the pool to yourselves.

Wild swimmers enter the sea at Traigh na Cille, the black beach on the Isle of Mull

Traigh na Cille

You’ll often hear this beach referred to as the ‘Black Beach’ thanks to its grey sands. Like many of Mull’s beaches, you’ll need to walk a short distance to reach the water at Traigh na Cille, rather than stepping from the roadside onto the sand. That makes it essential to bring your towels and warm clothes with you.

 

Taking a dip on the Ross of Mull

Swimming in clear turquoise waters at Knockvologan on the Ross of Mull

Knockvologan

Unless you’re staying locally, reaching Knockvologan beach demands a fair drive, albeit through lovely scenery if you head down the west coast, or through the dramatic mountains of Glen More. It’s a journey that more than pays off though, as this beach is filled with secluded coves, white shell-sand and crystal clear waters. Depending on the tide, there are good areas of shallows, which warm up much more quickly than the deep end in the summer months.

Wild swimmers enjoying the calm sea and turquoise blue skies on Uisken beach in Mull

Uisken

In contrast to the bays at Croig and Traigh na Cille, Uisken couldn’t be easier to reach. A short drive from Bunessan brings you to a beachside carpark, which fills quickly in summer as it’s only small. Bag your spot and the sand will be between your toes in seconds! This is another sheltered bay, where you can swim while gazing out to the Paps of Jura.

A hidden sandy cove in South West Mull for the most secluded wild swims

Dun a’Gheird

If you’re set on having the beach to your group alone, pull on walking boots before your wet suits. A small amount of exploration delivers you to seriously stunning white sand coves, like this one. Named after the fort beside the beach, the dazzling waters won’t disappoint…

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Swimmer exploring the bay between two rocky headlands in turquoise clear seas

Note: Wild swimming has inherent risks and dangers and is undertaken at your own risk.  Conditions change quickly.  Always make sure you are well prepared for any conditions and have the correct level of experience for your chosen swim.  Make sure someone knows where you are swimming and always take someone with you.  Please note that inclusion of locations on this list does not guarantee their safety or suitability for wild swimming.  Check the tides, depth and ensure there is no blue-green algae present before swimming.

Your Mull in Photos: Mountains

Ever wondered what Ben More is like from the summit, or what remote peninsulas look like up close? Scree-covered slopes. Snow-topped peaks. Rocky, remote headlands. A hiker’s paradise, Mull has them all. In this blog post, we head off the beaten track to get a fresh perspective of Isle of Mull mountains with some stunning visitor photos shared on our Facebook page, plus some insider tips to help you enjoy them. Do you have a photo we should be including too?

 

border collie dog sits at the top of Ben More, highest mountain on Mull

Photo taken by Matthew Hull

Ben More, Mull’s only munro

Undoubtedly the most famous of Isle of Mull mountains, the summit of Ben More towers a dizzying 966m above the sea. Two of the most popular routes up begin from the scenic shores of Loch na Keal. One of these routes takes on a more challenging ascent first up Beinn Fada and then along the A’Chioch ridge pictured here behind Meg, the collie. Derryguiag Smiddy makes the perfect cottage base camp.

On a clear day, the views from the top are outstanding, but always come prepared. The weather changes rapidly on Mull and you’ll often find Ben More’s head in the clouds. Find out more about climbing Ben More.

 

Green hills covered in bluebells with trees and fields in front

Photo taken by David Goodwin in June 2019

Bluebell-strewn hills

The bluebell display is one of Mull’s most magical natural treasures and makes it well worth booking a cottage in May or June. They’re best seen before the bracken gets too high and shields them from view. And to the surprise of some, while you’ll find enchanting pockets of woodland blanketed in bluebells at Gruline, you’ll also see them decorating much more exposed hillsides.

 

 

pebble and seaweed shoreline with loch and Isle of Mull mountains behind

Photo taken by Ian Butler

view from land across the sea loch to Ben More over north shore of Loch na Keal

Photo taken by Jane Traynor

Low-level vantage points

Isle of Mull mountains don’t always demand that you climb to their summit to be blown away by the views. In fact, you can take in panoramic vistas of Mull’s hills and peaks from sea level. These dramatic pictures were taken looking across Loch na Keal. Stay at Kellan Mill Lodge and you could enjoy views like these without even leaving home!

Photo taken by Carol Franklyn

For a similar easy access experience but with a distinctly different feel, plan a drive through Glen More. Pictured here by Carol Franklyn in September this year, the glen is bathed in sunshine – proof that the shoulder season is well worth experiencing too.

 

turquoise blue sea loch leading to rocky ridge and blue skies on Mull

Photo taken by Linda Graham

Remote and rugged peninsulas

Spend any length of time exploring Mull’s 300 miles of coastline and you’ll encounter cliffs, coves and stretches of land that unfurl into dramatic headlands. In fact, you can even stay at a cottage on your own small peninsula over Loch Scridain – Ardchrishnish is the one to book.

But perhaps the most breath-taking peninsula of all is found at Ardmeanach. Located in the remote south west of Mull, you can walk the Burg or even descend down the ladder to the Fossil Tree.

Discover more about the fantastic opportunities to head outdoors with our Mull walking guide.

Your Mull in Photos: Island Beaches

Earlier this summer, we asked you to share your very best photos of island beaches on Mull with us over on our Facebook page. What a response we had! It seems we count some talented photographers among our guests, as well as some willing judges – thank you!

We asked you to vote for your favourites and chose a few of our own too. Today, we’re thrilled to share the best photos of island beaches on Mull with you. Sit back, relax and enjoy a dose of vitamin sea…

Tormore Beach by the Bull Hole, close to Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull

Photographed by Rob Hague

This picture blew us away with the soft palette of blues and creams on the beach, contrasting the dark, dramatic rocky hills beyond. But don’t be fooled by the boat that you can only reach this beauty by sea. It actually lies just beyond the disused quarry near Fionnphort and its secluded location means you’ll often have the sand to yourselves.

Sandy path leads through the sand dunes and grassland to Calgary Bay, with turquoise sea and blue skies.

Photographed by Mark Allardice

You won’t be surprised to see Calgary Bay featuring in our top island beaches. This beach is so beautiful it could be lifted from a postcard (it certainly features on many!). In fact, the area as a whole made such a great impression on one visitor, that they took the name home to Canada and the city of Calgary in Alberta gained its name.

The grey sand beach at Carsaig, surrounded by a lush green headland and blue clouded skies as the waves lap on shore

Photographed by Nat Buckley

While we may be famed for our white sandy island beaches, we’ve got some cracking grey beaches too. Carsaig is among the most dramatic, with waves unfurling onto a grey beach surrounded by lush and epically steep sloping cliffs.

Turquoise sea and a white sandy cove, surrounded by tall pink granite rocks and blue sky

Photographed by Peter MacInnes

When you visit Mull, make the most of any opportunity to chat to locals (including us!) about their favourite beaches. It can be a brilliant way to uncover quiet spots that are easy to miss but utterly magical, like this cove between Knockvologan and Port nan Ron.

Crystal clear blue waters over white sand beside a rocky outcrop at Croig

Photographed by Gail Cannon

The sandy coves at Croig in north west Mull are one of the island’s best kept secrets. Discover them first-hand by following the track around the coast from the charming fishing harbour, then dropping down to these tiny coves with water that is temptingly clear.

White sand beach at Knockvologan with gentle waves, turquoise sea, distant hills and blue skies

Photographed by Elspeth Valentine

Knockvologan is arguably one of the most beautiful of all island beaches on Mull. With its white shell sand, dazzlingly clear water and striking pink granite boulders, this is a great spot for a picnic and a paddle. But don’t stop here, because if you follow the coast round you’ll find even more enchanting secret coves. You may even have them all to yourself!

Silver sand of Ardalanish Bay with blue skies above

Photographed by Stephen Docherty

The silver sands of Ardalanish Bay really do sparkle in this sweeping panorama. Sheltered by rocky headlands, this is a great beach for dog walking or taking a dip, as well as beach-combing or rock-pooling. Visit in summer for a sensational display of wildflowers in the surrounding machair too – a real jewel of the Hebrides.

Sea thrift flowering on the rocks in front of a white sand bay and blue sea

Photographed by Chloe Cartwright

We’ll let you guess which of the island beaches this photo was taken on. The flush of pink sea thrift flowers are a sign of summer’s arrival on Mull. See if you can spot them blooming on the rocks next time you’re here.

Fidden Beach rocks and pools with the tide out at sunset with an orange sky - one of the best times to photograph islands beaches on Mull

Photographed by Carl Gee

For our final island beaches photo we venture down to the Ross of Mull, where Carl Gee captured this stunning sunset over Fidden Beach.

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Afternoons by the Sea: 7 Isle of Mull Beach Walks

Visitors to Mull are spoiled for choice for coastal and beach walks. From the dramatic and challenging route to the Carsaig Arches, to the tidal crossing to the Isle of Erraid, there’s a seaside stroll to suit even the most adventurous. Here, we’re sharing seven easy Isle of Mull beach walks, perfect for spending an afternoon by the sea.

Often named Mull's most beautiful beach, Calgary Bay is a stunning sweep of white sands in a horseshoe shape, with lovely walks along the coastline nearby.

Calgary, North West Mull

Arguably Mull’s most popular beach, Calgary Bay lies on the north-west coast, sheltered by dramatic headlands that slope down steeply towards the sea. The white shell-sand glistens in the sun while the crystal clear waters lap on shore. One of the gentlest beach walks, simply follow the curve of the horseshoe bay to the far side, where a burn runs into the sea. Keep an eye out for sailing boats passing on the horizon.

Langamull is a stunning sandy beach in the island's North West

Langamull, North West Mull

You’ll need to put in a 20-minute walk through woodland to reach this secluded beach, but Langamull is well worth it when you do. Look out for living treasures in the rock pools or enjoy a swim in the clear waters. Quieter than Calgary, but still with plenty of charm, Langamull makes a lovely afternoon excursion in the north of the island.

Port an Tobire beach is tucked beneath a ruined castle on Mull's east coast

Port an Tobire, East Mull

A wee gem on the mainly rocky east coast, this beach is tucked beneath the ruins of Aros Castle, just outside Salen. Part sand, part shingle, you can enjoy a stroll with views that stretch down the Sound of Mull.

Laggan Sands is a lovely option for a beach walk on Mull

Laggan Sands, South East Mull

Park beside the glittering waves at Loch Buie and pop into The Old Post Office for drinks and nibbles to take to the beach. The route to Laggan Sands stretches along the shore, before you reach the grey sand bay.

Throw out a rug, unpack the picnic and enjoy the coastal breeze as you gaze out over the Atlantic ocean. It’s a lovely reward for the scenic beach walk to get there.

One of Mull's most popular beach walks, Ardalanish beach is a beauty formed with white shell sand and perfect blue waters. Machair blooms in the summer months from this beach in south west Mull.

Ardalanish, South West Mull

While the nearby beaches at Uisken and Fidden are very popular, if you’re staying on the Ross, Ardalanish is another must-visit for beach walks. This is one of the island’s larger bays, with white sands that sweep round, making for lovely coastal walks. In the summer months, the machair comes into bloom, giving you even more to discover.

Market Bay, South West Mull

Unlike many of Mull’s beaches that enable you to park close to the sand, Market Bay demands a fair walk to get there. But what a reward when you do! This white sand bay is snuggled within rocky outcrops, creating a real sense of privacy. Azure waters lap the shore with fantastic views out to sea. Little wonder this beach is rumoured to be popular with the Royals, too!

One of Mull's most striking beach walks, Traigh na Cille is very dramatic and especially stunning at sunset with its black sand.

Traigh na Cille, West Mull

One of Mull’s more dramatic beaches, Traigh na Cille features striking grey and black sand. Facing west, this beach is brilliant for short walks at sunset. Keep an eye on the weather. Sunsets here are particularly special when the fading light dances through a lightly cloud-dappled sky.

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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.

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.

Eas Fors waterfall with man stood at the top

Guest image shared by Ben Ferguson

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 the island that most visitors have yet to discover, try the waterfalls that flow on the Loch na Keal side of 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. This spot 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?

 

 

A Visit During Autumn On Mull

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

Author looking over Loch na Keal near Kellan Mill Lodge

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

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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