A quick guide to the Isle of Mull in a Van

Isle of Mull

The Isle of Mull, home to the White Tailed Eagle, the second largest bird of prey in Britain and the second largest of the Inner Hebrides. We took the ferry from Oban to Craignure to see what it had in store for us.

Three Lochs Viewpoint
Three Lochs Viewpoint

We are part of the Leave It Better Community who inspire and encourage others not only to leave no trace but to be pro-active in areas where they arrive, and we make it part of our travels to pick up litter in each car park we stop off, or beach that we walk to leave it better than how we found it.

There is an abundance of wildlife on Mull with over 250 species of bird. We saw a few beautiful red deer stags, one popped over the mound as we sat quietly waiting by the loch side to see an otter. He was being chased by a doe and nearly ran straight into us! It was magical watching him trot up the steep hillside and back into the woods.

One of the many Red Deer stags we saw
One of the many Red Deer stags we saw

There are two species of seal on Mull, the Common Seal (Phoca vitulina) also known as the Harbour Seal, and the Atlantic Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) and both are found throughout the British Isles.

Common Seal in Calgary Bay
Common Seal in Calgary Bay

Calgary Bay is probably one of the most well known beaches on Mull and for good reason too. Apparently Calgary in Canada is named after Calgary on Mull!

Sunset at Calgary Bay
Sunset at Calgary Bay

The best way to get to the Isle of Mull is the ferry from Oban. We didn’t book anything but we did go in off-peak season.

Isle of Mull
Isle of Mull

We were at Lochbuie Standing stones on Samhain, which is the day that marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. It was very atmospheric.

Lochbuie Standing Stones
Lochbuie Standing Stones

We found a route we wanted to do on Outdoor Active up Ben More, the only Munro on the island and a challenging hike. You can see the route here. It was a 9.5km walk which should take about 5 hours. On this hike we saw a Golden Eagle which I was most excited about.

In conclusion, Scotland on a whole is a beautiful place to visit in a van, make sure you park properly and not in the pull over laybys! For some further information of course head to https://visitmullandiona.co.uk/.

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