The Bellachroy Hotel is the ideal base for exploring Mull. Situated in Dervaig, maybe the prettiest village on the island, we are conveniently located between Tobermory and the golden sands of Calgary Beach.
We have an extensive local knowledge and are happy to suggest things to do and help you plan and book activities. We’ll even make you a packed lunch (or breakfast, if you’re an early bird). There’s a lot to see and do in and around Mull. You certainly won’t be bored!
Lace up those walking boots (or hop on a mountain bike) and experience the spectacular landscape of Mull, the rocky cliffs, the white sandy beaches and the freshwater lochs.
There are plenty of gentle trails, but hardy walkers may want to attempt Ben More, the last Munro, a challenging climb starting at sea level and rising to over 3000ft. As well as stunning views of the other inner Hebridean islands (especially lovely at sunset), there are some highlights much closer to shore: on the west coast, the Eas Fors Waterfall crashes 100ft over a cliff edge into the sea. At the right time of year, you can also see the Aurora Borealis light up the night’s sky.
The Bellachroy is ideally placed for exploring north Mull on foot. And you do not need to take your car – walk directly from the inn or take the 494 bus that runs between Tobermory and Calgary Bay throughout the day (except Sunday) stopping outside the hotel. Examples of walks are:
Dervaig to Quinish point passing the fossilised trees near the deserted village of Ardantairbh, standing stones and a hill fort, returning via Glen Gorm and Loch an Torr (approx 10 miles).
Calgary Bay to Caliach Point along the coast returning on a metalled road via Mornish (approx 8 miles). Exceptional wildlife viewing area between Rubha nan Oirean and CaliachPoint.
North West Community Woodland (B8073) to the dazzling white sands and blue water of Langamull beach with panoramic views of Coll and Ardnamurchan Point (approx 5 miles).
The Bellachroy can provide full details of these and other walks. Packed lunches can also be provided.
The Isle of Mull is abundant in wildlife. Its waters are home to minke whales, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, seals and otters. Red deer live in its woods and glens. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Even those without an interest in ornithology, will be awed at the sight of a golden or white tailed sea eagle. The Isle of Mull is the only place in Britain where they can be viewed from an organised hide (http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/mull/mull-eagle-watch).
Mull’s Ancient History
Mull and its surrounding islands have been continuously inhabited since the end of the last ice age, around 12,000-7,000 years ago. The island holds evidence of every epoch of human history, from mesolithic times onwards: ancient cave settlements (most notably, Livingston’s Cave in Ulva), crannogs, brochs, early Christian monuments, Viking villages and castles. To find out more about its numerous sites and findings, visit the Mull Historical & Archeological Society’s website: http://www.mull-historical-society.co.uk/.
The ancestral home of the Clan MacLean does not disappoint, with dungeons, staterooms and a keep dating back to the 13th century. Discover the history of the castle and enjoy the spectacular views from the battlements. www.duartcastle.com
We can help you arrange tour of this picturesque distillery. www.burnstewartdistillers.com/tobermorydistillers
Old Byre Heritage Centre
Discover Mull through the ages. With miniature models, films, a tearoom, a shop and a play area, the centre, conveniently located in Dervaig village, provides a perfect rainy-day outing for the whole family.
Staffa, the Treshnish Isles and the mystical Isle of Iona are readily accessible from the Isle of Mull.
The Treshnish Isles host a multitude of wildlife in their natural habits including seals, otters and seabirds including puffin colonies. Watch them take off and land on the cliffs in front of you.
Iona lies off the south-western tip of Mull and is home to the restored St Columba Abbey and Nunnery, where it is said that 48 Scottish Kings including Macbeth are buried in the chapel-like tombs. Alternatively, play a round of Golf on Iona’s 120-year-old course.
Staffa (believed to be the eastern end of the Giant’s Causeway) is also located off the south-western tip of Mull. Its volcanic rock formations, ‘staves’, are awe-inspiring and give the island its name. Over millennia, a magnificent 227 foot sea cave, called Fingal’s Cave, has been formed from basalt pillars. The legend goes that the composer Mendelssohn heard the theme of his Hebrides overture in the sound of the sea crashing through the cave.
There are two nine-hole golf courses on Mull:
Isle of Mull Bike Hire
Ask for Fergus and Babs Whyte, tel:01680 300501
Mull Swimming Pool
Mull’s first and only swimming pool opened on Saturday 1st March 2008. The 17-metre indoor pool is situated in Craignure, in a glorious location with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bay. There is also a spa, a fitness centre and an outdoor hot tub.