Derryguaig Smiddy, The Old Post Office, Fisherman's Bothy, Balmeanach Farmhouse and The Dorran are all located on the Kilfinichen Estate. The estate lies to the west of Ben More, and comprises the lands of Kilfinichen, Tiroran, Tavool, Balmeanach and Derryguaig, on the western side of Mull. Kilfinichen's literal translation is Chapel of St. Fhionnchain, and the estate includes the area of ground known as the Ardmeanach peninsular - a beautiful and remote corner of the island.
As well as being home to an array of wildlife, the land is farmed, with both sheep and cattle residing on the estate. There is rich cultural history here, dating back to prehistoric times as well as some geological wonders including a fossilised tree, that was formed in a lava flow some 50 million years ago.
Derryguaig Smiddy sits on the south side of Loch na Keal, in an elevated position with far reaching views over the loch and island of Eorsa, while The Dorran and Fisherman's Bothy are some 8 miles to the south, with views of Loch Scridain.
Nearest village: Derryguaig Smiddy is 20 minutes drive from Salen (8 miles) while Fisherman's Bothy and The Dorran are around a 35 minute drive from the villages of Bunessan, Craignure and Salen
Drive to ferry terminal at Craignure: Derryguaig Smiddy 35 minutes (via Salen); Fisherman's Bothy and The Dorran are a 35 minute drive (via Glen More)
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
This is a superb area for wildlife, with otters seen patrolling the coastline, and a wonderful array of flora and fauna. Visitors to the area can take a wildlife tour with an experienced guide, or can just bring a pair of binoculars and walk the wonderful coastline whilst looking for the magnificent sea eagles the island is well known for. Outdoor enthusiasts, geologists and photographers won't be short of things to do.
There is a great country house hotel at Tiroran which offers evening meals to visitors and also has a small cafe, open during the summer season - just over a mile from The Dorran and Fisherman's Bothy and a 25 minute drive from Derryguaig Smiddy.
There are some great walks on offer - you can explore The Burg (or 'Wilderness'), a remote peninsula north of Loch Spelve, or find Mackinnon's Cave, thought to be the deepest in the Hebrides and only to be navigated at a low tide! The cliffs of Gribun and Ben More are easily accessible and there is some of the most spectacular mountainous scenery to enjoy here.
There is pony trekking available at Killiechronan, photography workshops available, or you can take a day trip to Iona, Staffa, or the Treshnish islands from either Ulva Ferry or Fionnphort.