The Ross of Mull is a fascinating peninsula to explore on foot with rugged outcrops of red granite and a stunning coastline with white shell sand, rocky inlets and craggy cliffs. Walks can range from a gentle stroll along a shell sand beach to a trek up Mull’s only munro, Ben More. At the end of a day in the great outdoors, all your gear can be stored in our drying room and you can relax in front of a woodburning stove and enjoy shared stories and perhaps a dram or two
Kayaking is an excellent way to discover the secret nooks and crannies of the coastline of the Ross of Mull from the sea. Otherwise inaccessible beautiful secluded beaches, small islands and high rocky cliffs, can be accessed by kayak along the coastline while enjoying the fabulous views out to sea. Given good weather conditions it is possible to circumnavigate the beautiful beaches of Iona, by kayak and make the crossing over to the Treshnish islands and Staffa with the opportunity to paddle right into Fingal’s cave. We have plenty of storage space for kayaks in the grounds.
Mull is a paradise for cyclists with lots of fairly flat single track roads mingled with hilly remote routes with breath-taking scenery. The whole of Mull can be done in one circuit of around 100 miles. We have good storage for your bike and a drying room for your kit.
Wild Swimming & Snorkelling
The pink granite coves at Fidden and along the South Coast have shell white sands, and the clearest, most translucent snorkelling, outside of the Seychelles. The area is perfect for wild swimming.
Natural history and wildlife
Mull is popular with anyone with an interest in natural history, because Mull is home to several rare species. Apart from white-tailed and golden eagles, Mull is a stronghold for the Hen Harrier and other bird species (261 in all!). The Otter is also frequently seen, including in our own Loch Pottie. Mull also has over 800 species of plant at least 18 species of orchid and 700 species of lichen, 571 liverworts and mosses and 247 marine algae (seaweeds), making a total of 2,388 species of plant recorded from the island. In addition, more than 2,000 species of fungi have been recorded on Mull: The Island has 261 different bird species, including the white-tailed eagle, which was reintroduced to the nearby island of Rùm and migrated to Mull, where it now has a stronghold. Basking sharks, minke whales, porpoises and dolphins are among the sea life that can be seen from the land
Bouldering and Rock Climbing
Mull has a reputation for being great for rock climbing and you might assume this is related to Ben More, the only Munro on Mull. In fact those in the know are aware that the best crags on Mull are all on the coast, and the majority of them are hidden away at the western end of the Ross. Around 50 million years ago the area that is Mull was the location of a series of volcanic eruptions that left a huge variety of rock types. This is obviously of great interest to geologists but also offers a wide variety of climbing styles therefore very attractive to rock climbers too