Mull is one of the largest of the Hebridean Islands off the west coast of Scotland. It has a long and strikingly beautiful coastline of high cliffs and bays, with caves and rock arches, and views out to the many smaller islands that surround it. Most notable of these is the ‘Holy Isle’ of Iona where we will walk on one day and where there will be an opportunity to visit Iona Abbey.
Another rewarding visit might be a boat trip to cathedral-like Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa whose geometrical basalt columns form the Scottish end of the ‘Giant’s Causeway’ and which has even inspired a Mendelssohn overture! On another day we will cross the sands to the tidal island of Erraid – at low tide of course! – the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel ‘Kidnapped.’ There are many beautiful walks along the Ross of Mull’s coastline, stopping at sandy bays, looking out for golden and sea eagles as we go, or walking to explore the ruins of villages abandoned in the ‘clearances.’
We will be staying at Ardachy House Hotel on the south coast, overlooking the deserted sands of Ardalanish Bay and the islands of Jura, Colonsay, and Islay. Iona is only 7 miles away; seals, otters and the elusive corncrake are regular visitors to the area, and there is a standing stone and Iron Age fort close by.
The hotel offers ensuite twin rooms, and plenty of ensuite or standard singles. Some of the bedrooms and the residents’ lounge have a lovely view towards the sea. Mull is reached by train from Glasgow to Oban, then a ferry to Craignure on Mull, & local bus from the ferry to Bunessan where we will collect you. (Staffa Island boat trip approx. £30 is not included in the price as it depends on the weather).
Price includes: 7 nights full board accommodation in twin ensuite rooms; transport to walks & Iona ferry. Single rooms available if you book early – £15 per night supplement.
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“The hotel is in a stunning location. The staff looked after us very well and nothing was too much trouble. Fabulous food and having tea and cake when we returned from our walk was just what we needed.”
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“Thoroughly enjoyed it and the glorious weather exceeded expectations. The walks and trips were very interesting. My first experience of the western isles of Scotland and a terrific introduction.” Lorraine