July 10, 2019
So many of our guests, as they leave, say they wish they had planned to stay longer. The Ross of Mull, and its offshore islands, offers plenty of opportunities for unique days out. Here are some of our suggestions for a three night stay – but like many of our guests you may decide to stay longer.
There are no less than 16 beaches to explore around the area of the Bunkrooms, each with its own distinct character, with many a geologists dream because of the anciet rocks that can be studied. Wild swimming is a popular pastime among the locals – we can tell you where the best places are, which you may well have to yourself, or possibly even share the water with curious seals.
Iona is a very special island for its beauty and heritage. The Ferry for Iona leaves regularly from Fionnphort Pier which is less than a mile from the Bunkrooms. You can easily spend a day on Iona with many idyllic walks, fabulous scenery, a visit to the Abbey and local craft shops, and several excellent places to eat and drink.
Boat trips leave regularly to the Treshnish Isles and Lunga. Other islands can be explored with Alternative Boat Hire. If you want to see puffins, go between April and early August, but even without puffins these islands make a fascinating visit
If you enjoy walking, much of the 18th century social history of the Ross of Mull can be discovered on several local walks. Booklets are available in the Bunkrooms or to buy from the Ross of Mull Historical Centre in Bunessan which also carries lots of additional information on the history of the area. There are many ruined abandoned townships in the landscape which were a result of the “clearances”. The remains of pink granite quarries are found in some of the most scenic coves along the coastline. Going further back in history, medieval Kilvicheon Chapel and the bronze age Scoor Cave are outstanding and well worth a visit, whereas our own standing stone is within easy reach!
The Ross of Mull is a haven for wildlife, much of it rare. Take the time to sit quietly in a recommended spot and let the wildlife come to you, or go exploring for wild plants and flowers, butterflies and dragonflies. Alternatively take a wildlife & nature land tour with one of our local guides who know the best places to go to see a range of species.
The Bunkrooms provide all the facilities needed for your own outdoor adventure. There is lots of parking space for kayaks and ribs, a cycle shed and hose, a drying room for kit and boots, laundry facilities and a washing line to hand your wetsuit.
If you are planning to take some time out and pick up your camera or pencils, you will not be short of inspiration wherever you look! Pop into Mull Makers in Fionnphort for a range of arts and crafts in the gallery on display and for sale. There are guitars in the Bunkrooms and feel free to join the music nights in the local pubs.
You may be heading for the ferry at Craignure or heading to the North of the Island. We are happy to advise on how to get the best out of your last day in the Ross of Mull. Loch Buie and Carsaig are well worth a detour, take the scenic road via Gribun if heading to the North of the Island or even climb Mull’s Munro, Ben More.