The Isle of Mull is the second largest of the Inner Hebrides which means that it offers plenty to see and do.
The benefit of staying at Bruach Rioneach is that Calgary Bay is just a ten minute walk away. The beach is sheltered and excellent for bathing, boating, beach games – the beach never gets too crowded even in the height of summer – building sand castles or just relaxing and soaking up the beautiful views. On route to the beach is Calgary Art in Nature, where guests can visit the Café, the art gallery and explore the wood and seek out sculptures made by local artists. In addition to exploring around Calgary Bay, there are also numerous walks that guests can embark on direct from Bruach Rioneach. By turning right out of the property guests can walk down to Sunipol and round the headland to Caliach Point, providing panoramic views out to the north and over the sea to Skye. Alternatively, guests can turn left and walk back up the road towards Frachadil House and follow paths up over open heathland. This will eventually reward walkers with views over Calgary Bay and the chance to walk down to the beach through the woods of Calgary Castle.
Further a field
If you want to explore Mull by car it is worth bearing in mind that most of the roads are single track so getting around the island can take longer than expected. Visitors should remember this when planning trips out to the south of the island and especially to the beautiful island of Iona. The drive to the ferry at Fionport can take around two hours, so guests will want to make an early start if they want to make the most of their visit. An alternative is to travel by boat. There are several companies such as Turus Mara (turusmara.com) that offer trips to Iona as well as Staffa and the Treshnish Islands.
Bruach Rioneach acts as an excellent base for exploring the north of Mull, much of which can be accessed well within an hour in the car. Here are some of our favourite places with estimated journey times. Obviously, there are far more places to visit and see – these are just a taster…
Langamull beach (5 min drive to parking)- secluded beach with views out to Skye which can only be accessed on foot by walking along woodland track and fields for about a mile and a half.
Croig (10 min) – small harbour from which is it also possible to access Langamull beach by following farm tracks and costal paths. Also provides access to the little visited Port Na Bar beach.
Am Birlinn (10 min) – family run restaurant serving local produce. Complimentary bus service that will pick up and drop off so you can enjoy a drink with your meal if you want! ambirlinn.com
Dervaig (15 minutes)- small village with post office, well stocked village store and the Bellachroy Hotel (thebellachroy.co.uk) offering lunch and dinners. During the summer months Dervaig Village Hall hosts a producer’s market on every other Sunday which is well worth a visit. Good base for starting several walks or bike rides including access to Quinish Point.
Glengorm Castle – (45 mins) Has an excellent café and shop selling produce grown and reared on the estate. Whilst the castle isn’t open to visitors there are several walks and cycles paths around the castle to explore. glengormcastle.co.uk
Tobermory (45 mins) – as the ‘capital’ of Mull, there are plenty of shops, including the island’s main supermarket and places to eat in Tobermory. For inexpensive bites to eat we would recommend the arts centre An Tobar, (antobar.co.uk) the Mull Island Bakery and the fish and chip van parked up in the centre of town. The recently opened Isle of Mull Ice Cream Parlour is also worth a visit. (isleofmullicecream.co.uk)
Pony trekking at Killiecronin (45 mins) – offers beach and mountain treks to riders of all abilities. The mountain trek is a relatively lazy way to get to see some wonderful views over Loch Na Keal and to see some of the wildlife of Mull such as sea eagles and deer. (mullponytrekking.webs.com)