Wanderings on the Ross of Mull
Follow the boardwalk towards a secluded island beach
As you approach Fionnphort in the south west corner of the Ross of Mull, you’ll near a filling station at Ardfenaig and the starting point for your walk lies not far from here. Walking boots on and binoculars at the ready, follow the path towards Camas Tuath, which is boarded for much of the way. As you near the bay, follow the track that peels off to your left down to Market Bay, where two blissfully white sandy coves beckon.
Watch the water for wildlife
Being off the beaten track, you’ll often find you’re the only visitors to Market Bay, which is a real treat. Spend some time exploring both beaches and marvelling at the rocky headlands, before settling down on the sand to scan the seas. Keep an eye out for a passing porpoise or pod of dolphins, which are known to roam the waters around Mull.
Enjoy lunch with a sea view
Having returned to the car, it’s only a quick trip down the road to reach the heart of Fionnphort village, where you’ll find the blue-painted pub, the Keel Row. If the weather’s fine, enjoy a hearty pub lunch in the garden while you dose up on vitamin sea, or if you fancy a bit of the locally landed catch, head to The Creel Seafood Bar, right beside the slipway.
Discover artisan island crafts
Rested and refuelled, make your way through the village to South West Mull Makers. A little emporium of local works, artisan crafters exhibit their handiwork, ranging from paintings to pottery and items woven from willow.
Continue the theme at Ardalanish
Take the road to Bunessan, then follow the signs to reach Ardalanish Weavers for another authentic island experience. Arriving at the weavers, you’ll hear the hum of the machines working their magic in the mill, where you can often have a peek inside. In the shop, resident weavers will talk you through the craft and you’ll be able to stock up on beautiful wares, including high quality blankets and scarves. Don’t miss the tea and coffee too – perfect for taking down to the beach with you.
Wind down with a beach-combing wander
That leads us on to the final stop for this day itinerary on the Ross of Mull. Just before you reach the Weavers, there’s a small car park and a trail that leads down to the beach. Ardalanish is a lovely silver-sand sweeping bay, where you can wander the shoreline searching for treasures borne in on the tide.