Isle of Mull – great things to do in a motorhome
We love the Isle of Mull – 300 miles of beautiful coastline, stunning scenery and amazing wildlife. You can spend a week here without any worries, exploring on foot and in your motorhome. The single track roads are beautiful but need care – drive carefully and allow others to pass, and don’t try to squeeze too much in (average speed can be about 20 mph)! When wild camping, take good care. Leave no trace, and be very careful to park with sensitivity to others and being careful of the ground conditions. We always get someone out to guide the driver in to a suitable spot.
Here are some of personal favourite things to do:
Tobermory – the home of Balamory for the small people, but mainly a beautiful little fishing port, with the Tobermory Distillery (for 10 year old Ledaig sampling), the fabulous Cafe Fish (which brings its catch in daily on its own boat, The Highlander, with lobsters and langoustines), and the bar at the Mishnish hotel being our personal highlights.
Wildlife – Mull is home to some amazing sea life, from the harbour porpoise and bottle nose dolphin to the minke whale. There are a number of boat trips, but we love Sea Life Surveys‘ tours – they are great people, with fantastic knowledge of the area and the wildlife, and cater brilliantly for all, including families. You might also see white tailed sea eagles from their boat. These magnificent birds, with a door sized wing span, were reintroduced on Mull and this year it looks likely that they will have more than 100 breeding pairs there. Mull is also home to otters – park up, sit quietly, and see what you can spot!
Beaches – There are some amazing beaches on Mull, the most famous of which is Calgary beach on the north western corner. We have had some amazing wild camping trips on Mull’s more remote beaches. Uisken is beautiful (the last time we were there, we paid the crofter a couple of pounds to park the motorhome on the edge of the beach), and you walk or cycle to the Isle of Mull weavers at Ardalanish. Also on the Ross of Mull to the East end is Lochbuie – you can drop some cyclists at the top of the hill for a fab cycle down, and meet at the Honesty Shop, which sells some provisions (when we were there, local bacon and bread).
Duart Castle – 13th Century seat of the Clan Maclean, the castle sits on a rocky outcrop at the end of a peninsula near the easternmost corner. It has a little beach, and a great tea room in the Old Byre.
Isle of Iona and Iona Abbey – accessed via a 10 minute ferry from Fionnphort, on the South West tip of the peninsula. You can also get to the amazing Isle of Staffa from here, with its spectacular basalt columns and sea caves. Fidden Farm campsite is near here, with amazing reviews (please contact them before travelling).