Macquarie House is situated at the side of Loch Ba in a very beautiful part of central Mull. Loch Ba is three miles long and is the remains of a double caldera of an extinct volcano of some geological interest. Surrounded by mountains, this is a truly stunning corner of the island.
The property is a ten minute drive from the village of Salen which has a general store supplying basic groceries. There is also a post office, Italian restaurant, cafe, filling station and garage. Tobermory with its numerous shops, museum, distillery, and wide selection of restaurants is a 20 minute drive away, while the ferry terminal at Craignure takes 30 minutes to reach.
Nearest village: Salen (4 miles)
Drive to ferry terminal at Craignure: 25 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
The Macquarie Mausoleum, situated on the estate a short walk from the house, is the last resting place of "The Father of Australia', Major General Lachlan Macquarie, who was born on the island of Ulva off the coast of Mull on 31 January 1762. Macquarie served as Governor of New South Wales until 1821 and did much during his tenure to help shape Australia into the country it has since become.
Loch na Keal, the largest sea loch on the west coast of Mull is just a couple of miles from the house. It offers opportunities to see Mull's birds, otters and sealife whilst providing stunning scenery of mountains and cliffs to the South and small bays with more gentle sloping hills to the North. Islands such as Ulva, Inch Kenneth, Eorsa and Staffa can all be seen from the Loch and Ulva provides a great oppportunity for an excellent day trip to another island with its Boathouse restaurant, beautiful woodland walks and history.
There are plenty opportunities for walks from the doorstep with lots of footpaths leading through the surrounding woodland.