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View across the Sound of Mull from Fishnish to Morvern (October 2011) [photo © Steve Marshall/Wild Future]

Places to Go, Isle of Mull

 

Below are our highlights of places to go on the Isle of Mull; for more specific information about a particular part of the island, please use the links or visit the detailed area and islands pages.

Beaches

The Isle of Mull has truly spectacular beaches: Caribbean-blue waters, white sand, a backdrop of hills, moors and forest and stunning views of the ocean and neighbouring islands. Even better, they're very clean and crowd-free even at the height of summer; outside of high season, you can probably have a beach to yourself! The best beaches can generally be found in the north of the island - Calgary is popular, Langamull more remote - or on the Ross, such as Ardalanish or Fidden.

Browse the pictures below and click the captions through to our detailed pages for more information.

 

Coastline

The scenic and interesting parts of Mull's coast are too many to mention! Driving the coastal roads with an OS map will allow you to explore the most accessible coastline from the various parking spots (remember not to park in passing places). The north and especially west coasts are dominated by rocky shores, cliffs and steep slopes, the Ross remains rocky but somewhat shallower, whilst the east coast is softer and greener.

Below are some of our favourite areas - browse the pictures below and click the captions through to our detailed pages for more information - but don't forget to explore and find your own as well!

 

Freshwater: lochs, lochans & rivers

Whilst Mull's coastline can easily dominate proceedings, there are some beautiful and biodiverse freshwater habitats on the island.

Loch Frisa, in the north, is the largest waterbody, home to White-tailed Eagles and surrounded by excellent forest walks. The loch is drained by the Aros River; follow its course on foot or along the Glen Aros road (Dervaig to Salen) to the mouth of the Aros Estuary.

Just north of Loch Frisa lie the Mishnish Lochs, three lochs joined together as a reservoir, interesting from a bird and plant perspective as well as for Brown Trout fishing. On the coast south-west of Tobermory, along the A848, are Aros Park, with a small lochan at its north end, and Lochan na Gualine Dubh, a Forestry Commission-owned area, with car park, picnic area and views over the lochan and Sound of Mull.

Loch Ba is a beautiful loch, nestling in a valley of oak woods and moorland slopes, located near Knock and Killiechronan. Keep an eye out for woodland and lake birds, including Red-throated Diver, and also the island's only Fallow Deer herd.

Loch Uisg lies between Loch Spelve and Loch Buie on the south-east side of the island. There are also many small lochans spread across Laggan Deer Forest - a open wilderness area of hills, basalt outcrops, glens - which lies on the south-east side of Lochbuie and is recommended only for experienced walkers.

On the Ross, Loch Assapol lies near Bunessan and is excellent for winter wildfowl; the smaller Loch Poit na h-l is alongside the road into Fionnphort,

Loch Ba (April 2007) [photo by Richard Webb, used under Creative Commons]

 

Heritage

Please see the History & Heritage page for more details.

 

Hills & Mountains

The Isle of Mull boast the only island Munro peak outside Skye. Ben More (3169ft, map), standing on the west coast with stunning views over the surrounding hills, Loch na Keal and nearby islands, is a four-hour climb up at its easiest with no scrambling required. Within the Ben More range is one Graham peak, Beinn Fhada (2303ft).

The Ben More area isn't the only place with good hillwalking on the island; elsewhere, there is also one Corbett on Mull, Dun da Ghaoithe (2513ft, map), boasting sea views in almost every direction, and six other Grahams - all fall in our Eastern Mull area.

All the peaks on Mull and the nearby islands can be seen on hill-bagging.co.uk.

 

Beinn Fhada & Loch na Keal from Ben More (April 2011) [photo by B Campbell, used under Creative Commons]

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Islands

A visit to Mull means a chance to explore the neighbouring islands and truly discover the meaning of getting away from it all.

Historic and enchanting Iona and wild Ulva are just a few minutes ferry trip away, and you can even walk to Erraid for a couple of hours around low tide. Staffa, and its famous Fingal's Cave, and the scattered, windswept Treshnish Isles make good day trips. The larger Isles of Tiree and Coll are perfect for longer stays.

 

Natural sights

The geology, weather and ocean have conspired to create some amazing sights around Mull and the nearby islands.

Browse the pictures below and click the captions through to our detailed pages for more information.

 

Parks

Aros Park, on the former Aros Estate south-east of Tobermory, is now Forestry Commission-owned and is a great year-round visit with its stunning waterfall, lochside and forest walks, coastal views and interesting history.

 

Waterfalls

There are several spectacular waterfalls on the island, some of which can be enjoyed up close, others on the coastal cliffs can only be seen from a distance. Luckily, there's a fair bit of rain to keep them flowing!

The Eas Fors falls are one of Mull's top sights: a series of falls culminating in a 100 foot drop to the beach near . The lower falls (pictured left) can be viewed with a 4km round walk, but the upper and middle falls require just a few short steps from the car park on the A848.

Browse the other falls below and click the captions through to our detailed pages for more information.

Eas Fors lower falls (October 2011) [photo © Steve Marshall/Wild Future]

 

Wild Places

Please see the Wildlife and Wild Places page for more details.

 

Woods & forests

The island has some fantastic woodlands.

At Ardura, near Strathcoil, on the shores of Loch Spelve and up the Lussa River valley, sits the largest remaining example of native upland oak woodland in the Hebrides.

Add to this the remaining Forestry Commission holdings on the island - Scallastle, Fishnish and Garmony in the east, Glen Seilisdeir (home to the Mull Eagle Watch hide in 2015) in the west, plus Aros Park, Salen, and Ardmore, Quishnish and Glengorm in the north - with their well-signposted trails and cycle paths, the North West Mull Community Woodlands at Langamull and West Ardhu and the various estate woodlands - such as Kellan and Loch Ba - and there is plenty to explore.

Bluebells in woodlands near Knock (May 2010) [photo © rockwolf!]

 

Places to go, Northern Mull

Places to go, Western Mull

Places to go, Eastern Mull

Places to go, Ross of Mull

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