Things to see and do
on the Ross of Mull.......
('Ross' is the Scottish word for peninsula. The Ross of Mull
is the south west peninsula on the Isle of Mull overlooking Iona)
ideal location to be based to explore this beautiful, wild and rugged land and seascape; the Ross of
Mull has so much to offer whatever your interest may be – bird and wild
life, boat trips, photography, fauna and flora, fishing (sea and loch), geology, walking, hill climbing,
Munro bagging, sailing,
kayaking, exploring, ancestral history, religious history with Iona Abbey and
other chapels and churches, beach combing and BBQ's, star gazing,
fine dining, music, arts & theatre, or just pottering about and chillaxing…………the list is
magic of Mull is knowing that every day whatever you are doing and wherever you
are, there are always little gems to discover and enjoy – from the changing
light and colours to the changing tides and weather. To help you fully
appreciate and enjoy your time with us on Mull, we have listed a handful of
trips, places and names of folk on the Ross of Mull and beyond who have services
to offer you:
Places to Eat
Trips and Excursions
Tours Venues &
Places to Visit & Explore Walking
your arrival we are happy to arrange any of the boat trips or excursions that
you may wish to make - please just ask.
PLACES TO EAT
There are plenty of places to eat
on the Isle of Mull and we have listed some of those you can find on the
Ross of Mull. Other places to eat on the island can be found
The Ninth Wave Restaurant, Fionnphort Tel: (01681) 700757
(Opening 1 May 2013 for the new season, closed Mondays - reservations
Wave Restaurant is dedicated to lovers of great food,
comfortable surroundings, and good wine an is rapidly gaining a
reputation as a destination restaurant. Opened in 2009, The
Ninth Wave was shortlisted as a finalist in the
Taste of Scotland category of the Scottish Thistle Awards
2010, has been featured in the Scottish Fields magazine and is
highly rated and recommended on
the place to eat. We are extraordinarily lucky to have this
super restaurant right on our door step and have dined at The
Ninth Wave on a number of occasions and can't recommend it
Husband and wife team John and Carla Lamont invite you to
explore the menu, which changes daily to allow them to serve fresh
local ingredients sourced from local fishermen’s catches, and
crofter’s bounty. Lobster, crab and langoustine, hand-dived
scallops and fish are often caught only hours before appearing
on your dinner plate. John, a genuine Scottish fisherman
himself, will not only catch your crab and lobster dinner on his
traditional small fishing boat, but will don his kilt and also be your
waiter and wine steward for the evening. Situated on the scenic Isle of Mull, renowned for its rich
waters and abundant wildlife, The Ninth Wave lies on a
traditional croft brimming with wild meadowsweet, thyme and
sorrel, where you are welcome to dine in the sumptuous comfort
of a lovingly renovated, 200 year old crofter’s bothy.
restaurant takes its name from Celtic Mythology, in which the “
land of other-worldly delights” lies beyond the ninth wave. This
spirit is reflected in both chef Carla’s eclectic style of
cuisine and in an ethos where luxury meets sustainability.
Local, and organic produce are showcased whenever possible:
World famous Ardalanish Highland Beef, Knockvologan Lamb, and
award winning Sgriob-ruadh cheeses to name a few. Everything
from decadent handmade chocolates to fresh baked bread, from
chutneys and bramble marmalade to tarragon vinegar and black
elderflower sorbet is made fresh in our kitchen. Produce such as
herbs, peas, potatoes, squash and salad greens are grown in our
croft garden. Carla
combines the vibrant influences of her native West Coast Canada
and the very best of Scottish ingredients with passion and
flair. House specialities such as Lobster in Nettle Ravioli and
warm Smoked Crab Cheesecake await you as you follow the
track that winds towards the pink granite outcrops of local
landmark Tor Mor. At Ninth Wave, Carla & John believe in promoting a relaxed, intimate dining experience,
allowing time in between courses to chat to John about local
colour or the provenance of their ingredients, or just to sit back
and enjoy an excellent glass of organic wine.
Smoking is not permitted; cash, cheques
and credit cards accepted; not suitable for children under 16
restaurant, reservations essential.
Walking distance from Seaview, approximately 15
minutes - walking footwear required; be mindful
of the rugged track up to the restaurant.
The Keel Row Pub & Restaurant – Fionnphort Tel: (01681) 700458
Keel Row is next door to Seaview and is owned by Brendan & Marilyn. The
pub is set in a traditional stone walled Hebridean cottage with a cozy
wood burning stove and serves a range of beers and malt whiskys.
The restaurant is modern in design,
clean, bright and welcomes families; the menu is varied and plentiful.
The restaurant operates on a ‘first come,
first served basis’; if a table is not immediately available, have a wee
dram in the pub or a pint outside in the front garden enjoying the
views of Fionnphort beach and Iona until your table is available. Busy
in the summer, we suggest you go early to avoid a lengthy waiting period. Open
during the summer from 6 pm to 9.00 p.m. In the winter the restaurant
side is closed and the opening hours are shorter; however a full bar
menu is usually available between
6 and 8 p.m.
Smoking is not permitted; cash, cheques and cards
accepted. Families and dogs are welcome. Reservations not accepted.
The Bunessan Bakehouse Cafe, Main Street,
Bunessan Te: (01681) 700454
Opened in 2011, The Bakehouse is housed in the dark blue building
(formerly The Reef Restaurant) on the main road through Bunessan and has
quickly earned a reputation among the local community as a great place for
freshly baked speciality bread and serves delicious home made soups,
home baking and sandwiches. A great place to stop for a tasty snack or lunch.
Dining on Iona
There are places to eat on
Iona also but as the last ferry back from Iona leaves at 6.30 pm you are
limited to eating there during the day and late afternoon.
Bay Restaurant and Bar
Café, restaurant and bar ideally situated at the pier on Iona. A self
service cafe is available during the day serving home made baking, soups
and sandwiches along with other hot snacks and drinks. On a sunny day
make the most of the picnic benches out on the south facing patio. An
extensive bistro/bar menu is available from 6pm. We have eaten here on
many occasions over the years and can recommend the food, drink and the
Address: Top of the Pier Isle of Iona PA76 6SP
Tel: 01681 700382
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Specialising in organic, free range and locally sourced foods, the
Argyll Hotel offers the best of culinary treats, changing daily
specials, and a menu that caters for the vegan through to the rampant
carnivore! Booking advised. We love visiting the Argyll during the
summer months especially for their cream teas - bag a bench on the front
lawn, order a cream tea (home baked scones and delicious apricot
preserve, mmmmmmmm) and watch the dolphins cavorting in the Sound as the
ferry shuttles backwards and forward. An idyllic piece of heaven.
Address: Argyll Hotel, Isle of Iona, PA76 6SJ
Tel: 01681 700334
St Columba Hotel
Simple Scottish food cooked with care and attention and brought to you
with friendly and attentive service. Everything is cooked from scratch,
our suppliers are as local as we can find them and we make use of
organic ingredients wherever possible. Special diets catered for with
notice. All baking done in house. Come and enjoy! We have enjoyed
lunches here over the years and have always enjoyed their tasty and
delicious offerings - the garden offers a very pleasant and peaceful
outlook over the sound to Fionnphort on sunny dry days.
Address: St Columba Hotel, Isle of Iona, PA76 6SL
Tel: 01681 700304
Iona Heritage Tearoom
The Heritage Tearoom is part of the Iona Heritage Centre in the Old
Manse and can be found on the walk up from the Nunnery towards Abbey
next to Iona Parish Church. Open 11am – 4pm Monday – Saturday, serving
home made soup, freshly filled rolls, home baking, teas, coffees etc:
Also tables in the garden. Worth a visit and lovely home cooked food in
a peaceful setting.
Tel: 01681 700576 and in winter 01681 700328
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BOAT TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
to the Isle of Staffa:
Departs twice daily from Fionnphort & Iona from
April through to end of October. Sailing time is 40-45 minutes with an
hour spent ashore on Staffa (Weather and sailing
conditions permitting) to visit the wondrous Fingal’s Cave (spectacular basalt
columns) and see the bird & wild life, especially the puffins. Please wear warm
waterproof clothing and practical footwear for climbing the ladders to the top
of the cliff and walking round the basalt columns to Fingal's Cave.
MB Iolaire of Iona - Davey &
Carol Kirkpatrick, Tigh na Traigh, Isle of Iona.
T: (01681) 700358 | W:
MB Ossian of Staffa & MV Ullin of Staffa
- Gordon Grant Marine, Achavaich, Isle of Iona.
T: (01681) 700338 | W:
Trips to the Treshnish Isles:
those of you who are really interested in ornithology and the natural history of
these beautiful, unspoilt islands sail out to the island of
Lunga and spend two hours ashore
visiting the large colony of puffins nesting there along with other sea birds.
Inhabited until the 1850’s, Lunga still has a number of ruined crofters’ homes
amongst the wild flowers and bird colonies. On leaving Lunga, you will then make
the trip to Staffa to visit Fingal’s Cave where you will also have the
opportunity to view seals, dolphins, basking sharks and whales in their natural
marine habitat around these stunning islands.
This trip lasting approx 5˝ hours operates daily (except Saturday) from
Fionnphort and Iona from May until early August. Please wear warm waterproof
clothing and practical footwear. A packed lunch and/or snacks are also
recommended as there are no facilities on the island. Toilets are on the boat.
Gordon Grant Marine - see above for details
Whale & Dolphin Watching:
sightseeing, whale watching, wildlife trips, and
sea angling, from the Isle of Iona and from Fionnphort. The MV Volante
('flying fast and free') is a fast modern charter vessel working out of her home
port on the beautiful and historic Island of Iona, on the west coast of Scotland
and is owned and skippered by Gordon MacCormick. Seasonal trips run daily, from
the beginning of June, until the end of October.
Boat: MV Volante - Gordon & Val
MacCormick, Thistledo, Isle of Iona
T: (01681) 700362 | W:
www.volanteiona.com | E:
Alternative Boat Hire: Alternative Boat Hire skippered by Mark
Jardine and his son run boat trips aboard a traditional wooden ex-working
sailing fishing boat. Birthe Marie is an unashamedly old fashioned boat
with a gaff ketch rig and a solidity that is reassuring. The whole concept of
our trips is of an unhurried drinking in of the landscape. The boat fits into
the coastal scene, disturbing little, quietly finding her way into places hidden
from life ashore. The wind is what often decides where we will go; trips can be
different each day of the week. We take old and young, experienced or complete
‘non sailors’, and can run exclusive small number trips or cater for groups up
to 12 passengers. We run a mix of scheduled trips to cater for individuals and
families and also operate ‘whole boat hire’ where the skippered vessel is
chartered for exclusive use of the party however big or small.
Mark Jardine, Lovedale Cottage, Isle of Iona.
T: (01681) 700537 | W:
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Charters Boat Trip: The owner Martin has developed this trip
especially designed to get nature lovers and photographers as close as possible
to the 4th largest Eagle in the world, the magnificent White Tailed Sea Eagle.
These spectacular birds have wingspans in some cases of over 8 feet. Although
much more accepting of human presence than Golden Eagles, most people’s
experience of these birds consist of seeing them fly high overhead or sit for
hours in a tree! On a Mull Charters trip we regularly have eagles taking fish
from the surface of the sea as close as 25 feet away (yes really). Sometimes as
they swoop down on their final approach they actually fly directly over the boat
and as they take the fish you can hear the wind through their wings and the
splash as they touch the water.
Lady Jane - Martin Keivers,
Fascadail, Salen, Isle of Mull.
T: (01680) 300444 | W:
www.mullcharters.com | E:
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WILD LIFE TOURS, VENUES AND
WILD ABOUT MULL
is the ultimate wildlife tour on the Ross of Mull. There is no longer any
need to travel for miles to the north end of the island for a wild life tour as
the south west of Mull now has its own resident wild life tour guide with
Wild About Mull along with all the wild
life, birds and birds of prey you can hope for.
Bryan Rains who helps run The Pennyghael Stores with his wife Joy, is
himself 'wild about Mull' and has a passion for all things wild - furry,
woolly and feathered. Bryan has taken many bird and wildlife photos, many of
which can be viewed on his blog
which also details his daily sightings along with some amazing photographs.
Bryan will be running tours on the lookout for golden eagles, white-tailed
eagles, otters, seals hen harriers, mountain hares, adders and lots of weebees
(little brown birds to the non-ornithologists amongst us), to name but a few.
The waxwing photo on the right was taken by Bryan down the Carsaig road one
Packed lunches are included in the cost of the tour which start with a pick-up
at 9 a.m. from Seaview and finishing from 4.30 pm onwards.
We can book you a place on the tour with Bryan - please
just ask when making your B&B booking with us. Alternatively you can
contact Bryan on (01681) 704229, visit his
or pop in to The Pennyghael Stores on your way through.
EAGLES EAGLE HIDE - 5 STAR VISITOR ATTRACTION
Isle of Mull is the best place in Scotland to see the white-tailed eagle, more
commonly known as the sea eagle. It is Britain’s largest bird of prey with a
wing span in excess of 8 feet; its poetic Gaelic name is ‘Iolaire-suile-na
grein’ which translates to ‘the eagle with the sunlit eye’. They are
regularly seen in flight from public roads throughout the island.
are very fortunate to have the 5 star VisitScotland Visitor Attraction RSPB Sea
Eagle hide at this end of the island - just across Loch Scridain from Pennyghael.
To visit the Sea Eagle Viewing Point at
Seilisdeir (pronounced Shellister - which means Glen of the Irises),
you will need to book your place which operates on a first come-first served
basis of up to 20 people a session. For further information and to book your
place contact (01688) 812566.
For detailed information about this magnificent bird of prey,
visit the Sea
website. For further information on bird watching on the Isle of Mull
visit the Mull Birds
website. We are happy to help and advise you with regard to
tour operators on the island.
Photo taken and permission kindly given by guest Mike Ashforth
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HISTORICAL PLACES TO
VISIT AND EXPLORE
DUART CASTLE | CRAIGNURE | ISLE OF
Castle, on the Isle of Mull standing proud on a crag at
the end of a peninsula looking our across the Sound of Mull,
is the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean, Lord of the Isles
ancient stronghold. You can see Duart Castle on the ferry
crossing from Oban to Craignure. Discover the history of the Castle and
the Macleans - a worthy and interesting visit for anyone
interested in castles, Scottish and clan history,and the isles
themselves; visit the tea and gift shop to purchase from a
wide range of gifts and Scottish merchandise, enjoy a cup of
tea and delicious home baking, and with some luck be served by the Laird
himself, the present Chief of the Macleans, Sir Lachlan Maclean, replete
in his kilt. Several events are held at Duart Castle throughout the
summer so it's worth checking their website for further information.
Sadly neighbouring Torosay Castle is no longer open to the public
although the delightful woodland walk from Craignure and Torosay is
Further information : T: (01680) 812309 | W:
MOY CASTLE | LOCH BUIE | ISLE OF MULL
Castle built in the 15th century by by Hector MacLean, stands on a
low rock platform with a commanding view at the head of Loch Buie. It is
a 3 storey tower with a garret. On the centre of the ground floor there
is a well with a depth of 1.8 metres. The well is cut into the solid
rock but always has fresh water in it and is at a level much above the
outside ground level. There is currently no knowledge of the means of
water supply to this well.
Renovation started in September 2006 to stabilise the interior and
external stonework. The entrance door is locked now because of a risk of
crumbling masonry. Even though access is restricted to the castle for
safety reasons, the castle is still worth a visit as it makes a great
day out combining it with a visit to
St.Kildas Chapel by the car park, plus a leisurely walk along the
shores and beaches to Laggan Sands and the
Mausoleum of the MacLeans. The beach and shore line is fantastic for
waders and other bird life as well as sitting and enjoying a picnuic,
skimming stones and having a wee paddle. Further information about the
estate can be found by contacting: Mrs. C P Corbett, Lochbuie House,
Lochbuie, Isle of Mull. T: (01680) 814214 | W:
www.lochbuie.com | E:
Mull Historical Society has a whole host of information about other
historical buildings, ruins, brochs, crannogs, duns,
standing stones and forts etc on the island. Further information can
be found by contacting: Anne Cleave, Geadan Dubh, Ulva Ferry, Isle of
Mull PA73 6LY T: (01688) 500111
Ross of Mull Historical Centre
of Mull Historical Centre (ROMHC) is situated in Bunessan at Millbrae
Cottage, next to the ruins of the old corn mill. You will see it on the
right hand side as you come down the hill on your way to Fionnphort and enter the village of
Bunessan. The Centre is primarily run on a voluntary basis with some
grant aid, and the staff will be delighted to
share with you the treasure trove of information about the life and
times, past and present, of the people of the Ross of Mull and Iona.
Visitors wishing to trace their ancestors are well advised to start by
contacting and visiting the Historical Centre. The
centre’s contact details are:
Mull Historical Centre
Millbrae Cottage Bunessan
Isle of Mull
Tel: (01681) 700659
The Centre’s website
www.romhc.org.uk has information about its role and function along
with its future plans and a short history of the areas, historic
buildings and a genealogy section.
Historical Centre published seven excellent walking guides of the area
introducing history, geology, flora & fauna, wildlife and anecdotes of
the local area. Some of the walks are way marked and cover the following
areas: Creich (including Torr Mor Quarry, Fionnphort, & Kintra),
(including Pottie), Uisken (including Knocknafenaig & Ardalanish),
Ardfenaig (including Camas), Kilvickeon,
Ardtun (including Knockan) and
Bunessan (including Suidhe). At
Seaview we have a reference set of the walking guides – copies are also
available to buy should you wish to purchase any on your arrival. They
are also available for purchase at Craignure Tourist Centre and in local
shops on the island. The proceeds from the sale of the walking guides
are used to help fund the Historical Centre. Both John
and Jane are happy to help you decide the best walk for the day taking
into account weather conditions, time and ability as well as provide you
with tips to help your enjoyment of the walks as they have completed the
majority of the walks themselves.
For further information about
the sacred isle of Iona and her historic
Abbey. The ferry leaves Fionnphort pier, just one minute's walk from
Seaview on a regular
timetable throughout the year.
Iona Community is a
dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social
justice, rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship.
Contact: Iona Community, Abbey & MacLeod Centres, Isle of
Iona,Argyll, PA76 6SN, Scotland, UK
T: (01681) 700404 | W: www.iona.org.uk
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Don't dash past this lovely building on
your way to the Abbey, drop by for half an hour and discover more about
the island. Iona Heritage Centre is located in a former manse in Baile
Mor on the Isle of Iona (Argyll & Bute). Opened in 1990, the Centre
provides a wealth of information about the secular history of the island
with fascinating displays illustrating the islanders' lives over the
last 200 years. The social and natural history of the island are
revealed, with displays on the geology, fauna and flora of the area, art
& celtic art, crofting, fishing, historical events and notable visitors.
The manse is a substantial building, with two wings. It was built in
1828 with Iona Parish Church, one of thirty-two Parliamentary churches
built across the Highlands and Islands to a design by engineer Thomas
Telford (1757 - 1834). A Tea Room offers light snacks and refreshments
throughout the day. Open
10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Monday-Saturday through the summer months. Admission charges apply;
discounts for senior citizens, students, groups, under 12’s free. The
Heritage Tearoom is also part of the centre, serving home made soup,
freshly filed rolls, home baking, teas & coffees. Open Monday-Friday: 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. For
further information contact:
www.isle-of-iona.com Tel: (01681) 700328.
ARDALANISH ORGANIC FARM AND ISLE OF MULL WEAVERS |
ARDALANISH NEAR BUNESSAN | ISLE OF MULL
Organic Farm, overlooking Ardalanish Bay near Bunessan breeds Highland
cattle and Hebridean sheep which are reared for organic meat and the
sheep's' wool is used for weaving & knitwear. Ardalanish Farm lies
in the remote south west corner of the Isle of Mull in the Inner
Hebrides, extending west from the white sand of Ardalanish Bay. Native
Kyloe Highland cattle and Hebridean sheep are reared on the farm and the
sheep’s wool is used for weaving their unique and distinctive tweeds.
The farming practices at Ardalanish represent the belief of the owners
in the primary importance of understanding the land and its needs and
allowing ecological relationships to develop with animals that are
already co-evolved with the environment. Along with the belief that the
balance achieved with these methods produces a quality and an ethical
standard which reflects the conditions that nature bestowed in this
unique Hebridean landscape.
ABOUT ISLE OF MULL WEAVERS
The original Isle of Mull Weavers was founded by Bob and Kathy Ryan in
1987, and when they decided to retire in 2003 Bob helped to move the
1920's and 1950's looms to Ardalanish.
Working in this Hebridean landscape, using the natural black and brown
wool of their own Hebridean sheep seemed like the most logical thing to
do and so a new chapter began for the Isle of Mull Weavers. As well as
their own wool the owners buy Hebridean, Shetland and Manx Loaghtan wool
from across the Highlands & Islands of Scotland and occasionally from
further South. The wool is sorted and graded at Ardalanish before being
sent away for scouring in Yorkshire and then carding and spinning in the
Scottish Borders. From there it is returned to Ardalanish for weaving
before undergoing a final process of finishing in Galashiels. For
Ardalanish, the production of textiles from British native breed wool is
a step towards revitalising the traditional industry of weaving. The end
product pays tribute to the sheep by making of their wool.
THE NEXT CHAPTER
the 1st September 2011 Ardalanish was bought by Andrew and Anne Smith
who previously farmed on the East coast of Scotland near Aberdeen.
Although their idea was to find a smaller, quieter farm on the west
coast, on their first visit to Ardalanish they fell in love with the
area and committed themselves to taking on the farm and weaving mill.
They are now learning all about weaving and the textile industry as well
as continuing to farm the land and maintain the herd of Highland cattle
and the flock of Hebridean sheep.
The beautiful colourful blankets in the
guest bedrooms at Seaview come from here.
the public most days where their products and meat produce can be
purchased - further information can be found by contacting:
Andrew & Anne Smith, Ardalanish Farm & Weavers, Bunessan, Isle of Mull
(01681) 700265 | W:
www.ardalanish.com | E:
WALKING ON MULL
The Ross of Mull and her neighbouring
islands have some fabulous
walking, and many of them can be found on our
Below you can also access walks throughout Mull by using the resources below.
Iona Ranger Service
Established in September 1999, the
Mull & Iona Ranger Service was formed
to offer residents and visitors an information service on all
countryside matters such as walks, fishing, wildlife, cycling, access
and camping as well as an opportunity to share in the knowledge of the
cultural and natural heritage of our islands through guided walks, talks
and outdoor activities. The Ranger for the Ross of Mull and Iona is
Forestry Commission welcomes access to the forests it manages. Forests
provide opportunities for walking, cycling, fishing, bird watching and a
whole host of other activities enjoyed by people of all ages. For
further information contact:
Forest Enterprise Office, Salen, Aros, Isle of Mull Tel:
(01680) 300346 or visit
for places to walk and cycle on Mull.
WalkHighlands is an extraordinary informative website run by husband
and wife team Paul & Helen Webster whose main aim is to promote walking
throughout Scotland. Their website includes walks of every level
imaginable across Scotland as well as for the Isle of Mull & Iona. It is
a great resource and point of reference for walkers of all abilities.
Mull Magic Walking Tours
Wildlife Walks and Tours, is a small family-owned and run business with
over 20 years background in walking and wildlife. Based in Tobermory on
the Isle of Mull,
Mull Magic is enthusiastic and passionate about the social and natural
history of Mull and Iona and endeavours to educate and entertain on all
of our walks and tours.
Further information available: T: 01688 301213 | E:
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John & Jane Noddings
Seaview Bed & Breakfast, Fionnphort, Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland,
United Kingdom PA66
Tel +44(0)1681 700235 Mob: (07708) 556311 Email:
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