The coastline of the Ross of Mull is peppered with outstandingly beautiful beaches, each one with its own unique character, making it impossible to choose a favourite. Some are easily accessible, some require a short walk and some beaches require a long trek through difficult walking conditions which make it all the more worth while. Here are the main beaches around Achaban, just to give a taste of what is on offer. We have many booklets and maps and are happy to give you all the information you need to explore the Ross of Mull coastline during your stay.
Less than one mile from the Bunkhouse, the village of Fionnphort has its own lovely bay circled with pink granite outcrops. The bay has fabulous views of Iona and its own famous "split rock", and is a great place for sunsets. Walking north over the outcrops takes you to the fascinating remains of Tormore Quarry, with more spectacular views and lovely beaches.
Only a one mile walk from Fionnphort, Fidden is a beautiful beach with a wide, shallow, sandy bay, a great place for kayaking and viewing sunsets. The landscape is dotted with pink granite outcrops and around the white-sand bays where seals can often be seen in the offshore rocks. The rare corncrake has been seen and heard at Fidden, which is a great place for spotting all sorts of wildlife.
Further along the road from Fidden, Knovologan Beach can be accessed by parking at Knockvologan Farm and walking down the track to Erraid, a tidal island on the tip of the Ross of Mull. At low tide there are acres of sandy beaches to explore. On the south side of Erraid is a bay known as David Balfour’s bay because it is where Davie, in “Kidnapped” by Robert Louis Stevenson was thrown ashore after his ship was wrecked on the Torran rocks.
The turnoff for Kilvickeon Beach is just east of Bunessan, but the long rocky road surface deteriorates the further you go, so drive very slowly. Before reaching the beach there is a walk to Kilvickeon chapel which can be clearly seen from the car park – well worth spending some there. Kilvickeon is a large bay of white sand in a lovely setting with the tidal island of Garbh Eilean in the centre. It is popular with families, with lots explore including rockpools around the island at low tide.
Camus Tuath is a small inlet of pink granite only accessible by a 1.5 mile walk over moorland, starting out near Bunessan. One side of the bay was once a quarry, the rock used to build the Stevenson's Skerryvore and Ardnamurchan lighthouses. This is a very pretty, as well as historic spot.
Traigh na Margaidh (Market Bay) on the north coast of the Ross of Mull is just along the coast from Camus Tuath. Also known as Queen’s Bay because it was said to be a popular paddling place for the Royal Family.
Ardanalish Beach is reached from turnoff for Uisken near Bunessan, with a second turnoff for Ardanalish. From the car park near Ardalanish Farm, a short walk takes you to a stunning mile-long sandy beach, fringed with wildflower machair from June to September with views out to Colonsay and the Paps of Jura. Its geology is renowned, the rocky formations providing lots of interest on a beach walk. It is a great place for wildife, with common dolphins spotted all the year round. In winter it is a great place to watch wildlife with golden plover, ringed plover, lapwings and great northern diver, as well as seals bobbing around in the breakers. The Ross of Mull new year day Shinty Match takes place here - a great way to start the New Year! Pop into the nearby Ardalanish Weavers, at the farm, for a unique experience
Following the road past the Ardalanish turnoff, head for Uisken to a very picturesque beach with lots of rocky outcrops . It is very accessible with a small car park on the beach. There is a short, but strenuous walk up the hill at the east of the beach to a cairn called "The Last Look Back". Read the story of a winter walk at Uisken here>