Maple Cottage is located in the quiet settlement of Kintra in the rural south west of the island. Surrounded by a couple of cottages and crofts and a stone's throw from the sea, this is the perfect location in which to switch off and unwind beside the coast. Don't miss the chance to enjoy local produce from the Crofter's Kitchen at Kintra, too. The village of Fionnphort, with a village shop, pub and seafood bar, as well as boat tours to Iona and Staffa, lies only a few miles' drive away, with two filling stations conveniently located between the villages of Fionnphort and Bunessan nearby too (Ardfenaig and MacDougall's).
Nearest village: Fionnphort (2 miles)
Drive to ferry terminal at Craignure: 1 hour
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
Whether creative souls or those who enjoy Mull's wildlife and wildernesses, Maple Cottage's scenic location at Kintra is certain to deliver. This tiny settlement offers a glimpse of life as it's been for centuries on Mull, with crofting, fishing and windswept landscapes all around. A walk along the shore of the pretty bay in front of the row of cottages here will deliver all kinds of inspiration for beach-combed crafts, while the wonderful westerly aspect offers unrivalled opportunities to paint or photograph the island sunset.
For the adventurers among us, there is easy access from which to launch a kayak for a paddle in the bay, or to explore the Ross of Mull's beautiful coastline from the water, before landing on a quiet beach for a picnic, or perhaps even a bracing swim. Bendoran Watersports are located nearby in Ardtun for those who would prefer a guide. On terra firma, enjoy walks from the front door across croftland to the ruins of Braighchreaich, one of the villages emptied by the Highland Clearances.
Only a couple of miles' drive delivers you to the island's most south westerly village, Fionnphort, from which you can take the CalMac passenger ferry to the island of Iona, celebrated for its connections to St Columba, as well as its stunning beaches and wonderful wildlife, including the elusive corncrake. You can also embark on boat tours to the island of Staffa for an up-close encounter with the basalt columns of Fingal's Cave and to meet the nesting puffins in season (mid-April to July).
Maple Cottage's lovely location on the Ross of Mull means some of the island's finest sandy beaches are within easy reach. Knockvologan with its tidal sandbar to the island of Erraid, Uisken with its sheltered waters, and Ardalanish with its sweeping stretch of sand are all favourites, each offering something different from the last, and very rarely shared with more than a handful of other beach-goers.
Should the weather be on the wilder side, then a visit to Ardalanish Weavers will be thoroughly enjoyed, with the chance to see the mill in action, discover plant-based dyes and peruse beautiful homespun wares in their shop over coffee. South West Mull Makers in Fionnphort is another must-visit, with beautiful paintings and crafts to browse, and for those wanting to try their hand, a workshop at Mull Willow will be a highlight of the holiday, gathered around the wood burning stove with superb sea views from their weaving barn.