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Dervaig Location for Half Moon House

Half Moon House enjoys a lovely location on the edge of the village of Dervaig, with views over the River Bellart reed beds and Loch Cuin a few hundred metres away at the end of the single-track road. The village is home to the island's oldest inn, The Bellachroy, as well as excellent takeaway cafe The Piece Box, intimate restaurant Ar Bord and an excellently stocked village shop. Wildlife tours also depart from the village, and Calgary beach lies only 10 minutes' drive away.

Nearest village: Dervaig (0 miles)
Drive to ferry terminal at Craignure: 45 minutes

Map and Directions

We send out a property information document with directions to the house, and other useful information, to all guests who book with us.

Things to Do

Nestled just above the river reed beds of the Bellart river, which flows into the sea at Loch Cuin just a few hundred metres away from Half Moon House, the cottage is ideally located for wildlife enthusiasts. Watch red deer graze the grassland, spot owls hunting by twilight and keep your eyes peeled for the kingfisher, which has been spotted on occasion by the stone bridge. Venturing to the water's edge of the loch, there's a wildlife haven for wading birds and divers with lots of interesting seasonal visitors to be seen too, and both otters and eagles are present in the surrounding area too. To get the best out of your visit, a tour with a local guide is highly recommended, with Nature Scotland based in the village.

Dervaig offers an excellent location from which to explore, heading west to reach the white shell-sand of Calgary beach in 10 minutes and wander the wildflower meadow that borders the beach, or pursue a more strenuous hike around the headland to Crackaig. Venturing east, 20 minutes' drive delivers you to the island's harbour town of Tobermory, where yet more restaurants, cafes and artisan shops await, with boat trips also departing from the pontoons to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles in season (usually April to October).

There are many more beaches to discover on this stretch of Mull's north west coastline, from tiny coves near Croig to the beautiful beach at Langamull, reached via a walk along a forestry track with the option to detour to a ruined village too. Following the coast road round brings you to Treshnish, where there's a superb circular day walk that offers fine views of the Treshnish Isles, before driving a little further on to be rewarded for your efforts with coffee and cake at The Hen House.

Lucy's garden at Lip na Cloiche in Ulva Ferry is well worth a visit for green fingered guests, with creative planting and found installations giving this terraced garden amazing character. Boat trips also depart from this area to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles, as well as the wee crossing to the island of Ulva itself - another fine destination to visit for lunch at the Boathouse cafe and a walk on one of many scenic paths, taking in a pretty church designed by Thomas Telford and visiting Sheila's Cottage, a thatched cottage offering a glimpse of life in the past.

  • Half Moon House
  • The pretty village of Dervaig in which the house is located
  • Calgary Beach is only 10 minutes' drive away
  • Gorgeous landscapes along the river leading out to the loch
  • Short-eared owl in flight
  • A great area to see the local wildlife
  • Lovely views from the garden
  • The harbour town of Tobermory is only 20 minutes' drive away
  • Beautiful scenery on the nearby Mishnish Lochs
  • A fantastic habitat for wildlife in the surrounding reed beds
  • The road from Dervaig to Tobermory with Loch Frisa in the distance
  • Pretty beaches less than 10 minutes drive from the cottage
  • A great area for wildlife, including the white tailed sea eagles