Our main base is on The Isle of Mull and we love it! Drive two and a half hours from Glasgow, take a 45 minute ferry ride and you are transported to a wild and remote landscape.
Many people come to Mull for the wildlife – eagles, otters, deer, adders, whales, dolphins are all commonly sighted on Mull. There are many providers of fantastic tours – these guys have put together a very good summary of what is available.
The map below is designed to give you an idea of some of the highlights in terms of spots to camp up, places to eat and things to do. It is by no means definitive but it will definitely get you started.
1 Craignure is where you will most likely arrive when you come to Mull. There is a Spar there as well as a couple of cafe’s and a pub / hotel. The best for coffee and light food is Arlene’s. The Shieling Campsite is an easy first night if you don’t want to drive too far. Nearby The Isle of Mull Hotel has a good spa and pool.
2 If you are looking for somewhere a bit more wild to camp on your first night on Mull then Croggan is a good option. It’s a bit of a windy road to get there but well worth it.
4 You can link Lochbuie to Carsaig via a stunning coastal walk or do a there and back route starting from either end. There is also a fantastic continuation of this walk from Carsaig on the The Carsaig Arches. Be warned though – the road to Carsaig is not for the faint hearted and there is rarely enough space at the end of it to camp up.
6 Turn left just past Bunessan fire station and follow the signs to Uisken Beach – a stunning bay looking out towards Colonsay and Jura. There is fantastic informal camping there – just check in with the crofter and pay around £2 per person per night.
7 Off the same road – left just past Bunessan fire station – you’ll find signs to Ardalanish Weaving Mill. The farm and mill is open to the public and has a beautiful range of tweeds and hand crafted clothing. You can also buy meat direct from the farm. A short walk from the farm is Ardalanish Beach – one of the best on Mull.
9 Fidden campsite has got to be one of the best campsites in Scotland. Drive over the machair and pick yourself the best spot as close to the sea as you want to be. They don’t take bookings but there is pretty much always space.
10 Fionnphort is the end of the road in terms of driving. But from there you can take a passenger ferry and spend the day on Iona. If you are up for spectacular sailing then have a look at Alternative Boat Hire. Based out of Iona but offering pick up from Fionnphort as well Mark explores the surrounding coastline in the stunning Birthe Marie. On your way back grab delicious sea food at The Creel – a tiny hut at the top of the jetty selling the best fish and chips on the island.
11 After something a bit posher? Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Ninth Wave Seafood Restaurant. Jonny fishes and Carla cooks – it’s a combination that works really well. Definitely book ahead though.
12 The back road from Salen to Pennyghael goes round the west side of Ben More and has got to be one of the most spectacular roads in Scotland. The stretch between Gruiline and Dhiseig has some really stunning spots for wild camping.
14 Calgary Beach is absolutely stunning – and there is a informal camping there for a donation. (Public toilets and fresh water as well.) Check out the art in nature walk and then get some baking and a cup of tea at the cafe.
15 If you are up at the north end of the island then the coastal village of Dervaig is definitely worth a visit.
16 Tobermory has loads to offer. Check out Cafe Fish or get fresh seafood and fish and chips on the jetty. Other highlights include Tobermory Chocolate, The Tobermory Distillery and Isle of Mull Cheese which also has a great cafe. If you need to walk all of that off then check out Aros Park.
18 If you are up for it then the views from the top of Ben More are hard to beat.
20 A half day sail to Staffa and Fingals Cave is definitely worth it – trips run from Fionnphort and Iona.