Camping is allowed with permission from Uisken Croft, just back up the road from the beach.
The road is a narrow single track one with nearly enough passing places, just pray you don't meet the bin wagon!!
At the bottom of the road is a small car park (overnight parking forbidden)with bins and a hard surface. For the camping, follow the sandy track along the back of the beach. Parts of it can be a little rough, depending on conditions but we actually found the track in better condition this year than in 2006. The owner did say he was waiting for the man with the digger working on a new build to fill in some holes. It didn't happen during our stay, thankfully!
We were concerned the beach would be full for camping but amazingly, we and another van were the only occupants, even though it was the first week of the Scottish school holidays.
The track continues almost to the end of the beach, with some lovely grassy camping areas, all well drained so not a problem in wet weather.
The views are stunning, out to the Paps of Jura with numerous rocky isles in the foreground. If you see a boat passing, get your binocs out because more often than not, dolphins or porpoises are with the boat. Wonderful to watch.
The sea is beautifully clear but amazingly cold - I did try swimming when the air temp. reached 23c but only succeeded in wading in up to my thighs before the cold struck me as just too cold!!!
There are a number of streams that lead into the beach so fresh water for washing is available but not for drinking. There are no toilets or emptying facilities at all.
Easy to launch small boats from the beach.
On one of my walks, I spotted what I thought was an otter but it turned out to be a mink.
2012 cost:- £2 per person per night.
There are many places that are suitable for camping, both in a motorhome and tents, on the B8035, Loch Na Keal.This is a single track road with plenty of passing places, that runs along the south shore of Loch Na Keal. The road that runs along the north side of the loch has signs in any suitable stopping places, forbidding camping.
Plenty of flat, well drained grassy areas either right by the loch or across the road but they all have beautiful views, that is guaranteed!
Just be aware that cows and sheep roam along Loch Na Keal freely and cows being nosey creatures will come and rub themselves on cars and motorhomes. Try not to have anything loose hanging off as it may well be trampled by morning after a night visit.
We camped by a river which gave us access to fresh water which we only used for washing, rinsing etc.
It can be pretty wild and wet so be prepared to batten down the hatches.
Beautiful sunsets, good boating and fishing.
No facilities whatsoever so fill up and empty before arriving here!
This is a comfortable hotel with attractive furniture and a nice view of the Sound and the ferries. It is spread out on 3 levels, with no elevator. It does have a pool, but I didn’t check it out. There is a restaurant and a nice bar with hard cider on tap as well as beer.
I would definitely stay there again if I went back to the area.
My family and I stayed here 1 night in July 2009......it's a small home with 3 rooms upstairs. A very warm, cozy home run by Jim and Mary van Heerden. It's located just yards from the ferry dropoff on the main road. The rooms are spacious, clean, modern and all have incredible water views. Breakfast was scrumptious.....breads, fruits, homemade yogurt, jams, meats, cheeses. It was a truly memorable experience......and for a great dinner nearby, try the Craignure Inn/Pub....great food and the apple crumb dessert was truly the best I've ever eaten.
In the village of Craginure there is a few houses, a gas station (bicycles to rent), a campground, the train station for the little narrow gauge line running to the manor house at Toro say (one mile to the south), a couple of gift shops, the ferry and bus terminals and the Craignure Inn. Coming from Oban, Craignure is where the ClaMac ferries drop people who are coming to Mull. Most people are off and away upon landing - Tobermory or other Mull destinations - but Craignure is not a bad base for the car-less traveler. Buses go west towards Iona and north to Tobermory from here, coinciding with the ferry schedules usually. Making your stay even more comfortable are the folks at the Craignure Inn, an establishment dating back to the 17th century. The Inn is 200 meters south of the terminal and features a collection of rooms with bathrooms en suite. There is a pub featuring fine food below. Your hosts, Alex and Tina, are grand folks. The Craignure is Alex’s second career after a distinguished time served in the Scots Guards of the Royal Army.
We didn't stay here, but noticed it as we drove past. Combined with a garden centre and tea-room it doesn't have a lot of pitches available. Again, a little organised for us but I'm sure perfectly fine for those who require facilities. Looking at the website, I guess it could be the best bet for official camping on Mull.
An excellently situated campsite in Craignure, overlooking the Sound Of Mull. Very handy for the Oban ferry which docks at Craignure.
Usual facilities including a BBQ area.
A very few exposed pitches on grass matting right by the water, which I can imagine may become a little wild when the wind is blowing (which it often is here.)
It all seemed a little cramped and too organised for us who like the simple life.
A children's playground right next door and also the miniature steam train that takes you to Torosay Castle.
Coaches meet the ferries to transport you to Duart Castle.
Wonderful views across to Lismore and Lorn.
All in all, plenty of things to keep you going whilst camping here.
There are a couple of shops and petrol stations as well as a pub in Craignure so you don't have to wander far for all your needs.
Again, I think from earlier reading, this place was a designated "free camping" area. It's now a very basic, riverside campsite with limited facilities miles away at the farm. After the campsite there is a notice,"No camping for 5 miles." or some such number. A little off-putting.
Camp fires are the norm and there are literally no facilities on the camping area. There is access to the river which flows into loch Na Keal. Seemed popular with canoeists but it was absolutely no good for launching our boat as the loch was not easily accessed other than navigating the river at high tide.
The lovely location with views to Ben More.
Cost around £5 per night per unit.
Anyone who is into wild camping on Mull will have heard that Calgary is one of the places it is allowed. I am so glad we didn't rely on this and having read some reports on the place, opted not to use the place.
We went to have a look at the place on our last day, just out of interest and because we were "doing" the coastal bits of Mull we hadn't yet visited.
OK, the white sand beach is lovely, although I think there are better on Mull. The camping area was very small and absolutely packed out. I doubt if there was a foot between encampments and you'd certainly hear whatever anyone in the next tent was up to!!! Most definitely not our scene and we shuddered at such a sight. Why would you want to do it when there are far quieter places? I guess some people just like living on top of each other but then why come to a beautiful place like Mull?
As far as I can gather, this place used to be an area where you were allowed to free camp. Today, it's an official campsite situated above beautiful sandy beaches with direct access.
It's a large, open, grassy site with the more exposed pitches obviously being those by the sea. There are at least three areas with beach frontage and even in Aug. there were plenty of places with sea views.
Facilities are a little limited, being housed in large porta-cabins with showers and toilets for both sexes. They are also not very close to the camping area but fortunately, being self-contained, this wasn't a problem for us (no mad rush for the toilet first thing in the morning!!)
£4 per person per night. I'm not sure if there was a maximum price. If you were a family of four, £16 seemed a little excessive for what was on offer. £8 for us seemed a fair price, as we were enchanted by the place and it gave us some feeling of security as well as somewhere to empty the toiletand fill up with water.
The chemical disposal point was again a long way away which meant we had to up sticks and drive the van to the emptying point to enable us to empty. And there was no rinsing water there. Not ideal.
Simply the location, nestled amongst the glorious beaches and giving us direct access for our boat. There are lots of small islands to boat around where we watched seals basking and even landed on our own desert island. We felt like Robinson Crusoe, the only footprints in the soft, white sand were from birds.
It's also a great spot for walking, bird-watching and general messing about in the water type activities, including fishing and snorkelling.
The fishing was quite good. We caught plenty of mackerel and as I've said, learnt from a Fife man we met here, how to successfully smoke them. Throughout the rest of the holiday, it was big business with us, catching, filleting, salting and then smoking the fish. Then we gave much of it away as we had far too much. We still came home with a fridge full!!!
The campsite is also well placed for visiting Iona, the ferry crossing from Fionnphort literally a couple of miles up the road.
Also next to the private island of Erraid with it's small community and abandoned observatory. Robert Louis Stevenson is reputed to have written Kidnapped here and Balfour Bay on the island is named after the hero of the story, who was shipwrecked there. You can access it at low water but it's people apparently respect their privacy.
Very nice B&B with friendly and helpful hosts who have a cute dog. The facilities are very clean and comforatable. There are not a lot of places to eat in the immediate vicinity (including in Fionnphort) so it is advisable to carry some food with you just in case. Warning: the Visit Scotland page lists them as taking credit cards when in fact they do not. It is pretty isolated area so carry cash.
It is a short distance east of Fionnphort which is where you catch the ferry to go to Iona. It is a very nice house and is easy to find - on the north side of the main and only road between the Oban feryy terminal and Fionnphort and ferry to Iona. Nice lounge area.
Arrived late in Tobermory and were lucky to find a room. Didn't mind paying the extra to stay downtown with a view of the bay and in the most brighlty painted buildings.
The view across the bay is OK, but since the town is so gaily painted, the better view is from the distillery looking back at the town.
We ended up with an extra large room.. last one left. . which had a great view of the bay. The room was comfortable, the food was OK.. not particularly memorable.
Meals here rival anything you will find at 5-start restaurants in Edinburgh. Middle-of-the-island setting makes this place a haven from tourists who, by nature, are more inclined to find rooms in the coastal towns such as Tobermory. At the Gruline, you can watch White-tailed Eagles circle the mountain in the distance, see working Border Collies, enjoy cordials with other guests (usu. Brits, or Aussies who came to see the nearby mausoleum of the so-called "father" of Australia), and by charmed by Angela, your hostess, a delightful woman with a brilliant sense of humor. Would recommend getting one of the guest cottages as opposed to an upstairs room. Picked by "Bon Appetit" as the best place to eat on the Isle of Mull. You should rent a car and take it with you on the ferry to Mull. Be aware that roads on Mull are single-track and quite harrowing!!
Fantastic food. Owner and host Colin Boocock is a magnificent chef. Granted 5 stars by the Scottish Tourist Board, 5 Red Diamonds by the AA and RAC "Little Gem". Be aware that meals are an extra fee above and beyond the cost of the room.
The best stays in Mull (or any where in the Scottish countryside) are to be had in small bed and breakfasts. The hotels on the island are good, but cannot offer the level of service that B&B's do.
The Ulva Ferry area is one of the most scenic, and has a number of bed and breakfast accommodations. The local tourist information offices or an online search will help you find places.
All in all, Mull is a very hospitable place, and it's not unknown for locals to take in stranded visitors (usually without asking for money), as in peak season hotels and B&B's can often be full up. Don't be shy, stop at a house somewhere and enquire as to whether anyone in the area does bed and breakfast. Some people do, but don't put a sign outside their house.
Well, it goes without saying that anywhere in Mull you will find fantastic views- just take a look at some of my pictures of the west coast...
Nice facilities, there are 6 bunk beds in each room, and everything was really clean when I was there. Nice budget accomodation.
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