Discover three ways to get off the beaten tracks on the Isle of Mull
Would you like to get off the beaten track, explore the wild places and have new experiences? Then read on. The Hebridean island of Mull is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure. With towering peaks, gorgeous glens and an incredible coastline, you can easily blaze your own trail – on foot, by bike or even with four wheels. And there are plenty of operators and guides on the island who can help you discover more, from the wonderful wildlife to the rich heritage. Here are three ways to get off the beaten track on Mull!
Image: Calgary Beach on the Isle of Mull
Join qualified Mountain Leader and Climbing Instructor Josef for an off-the-beaten track adventure on Mull with Headland Explorations. Hit the trails, summit the hills and climb some crags in some of Mull’s most glorious spots. You don't have to climb the highest hills to have a great day out! Mull offers a multitude of fantastic low-level, moorland or coastal walks. Josef will help you safely find the hidden gems of beaches, woodlands, meadows and viewpoints that Mull has to offer. How about walking to Erraid, the tidal island just off the south-western tip of the island? It was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Kidnapped. Or if you fancy hitting the heights, you can choose from a number of great hill walks, including Ben More, Ben Buie and Ben Talaidh. Ben More is the highest peak, and only Munro on Mull. Josef can also introduce you to rock climbing on Mull. Mull has a huge amount of single pitch rock climbing in fantastic locations. At Erraid there are some fabulous short crags.
Glengorm Land Rover Safari
Glengorm is a stunning coastal estate overlooking the Atlantic, with views to the Outer Hebrides and Islands of Uist, Rum and Canna. You can now explore this vast landscape of hills, lochs and headland with a Glengorm Land Rover Safari. This adventurous off-road experience is new for 2020 and will take you off the beaten track to explore the wilder side of Glengorm in a luxury Land Rover. Guided and driven by an experienced Wildlife Ranger, you can discover all that Glengorm has to offer, from the stunning views to the iconic wildlife.
There are a number of different options to choose from. The short tour (1.5 hours) gives you the chance to explore Glengorm Estate, meet the Highland cows and venture off-road on an exhilarating drive to Glengorm’s hidden gems. The Wildlife Safari (3 hours) gives you plenty of time to spot Glengorm’s incredible wildlife – such as majestic white-tailed eagles. The Ranger will lead you to the best locations and teach you the tips and tricks to wildlife watching. You can also book an exclusive trip, catering to your particular interests.
Mull Magic Guided Walk
Mull is simply made for walking holidays. The landscape is diverse, with forests, moors, hills, beaches coastlines and glens to explore on foot. Plus, there’s Mull’s famous wildlife to spot. Mull is also home to some fabulous companies offering guided walking holidays, including Mull Magic Wildlife Walks and Tours. As well as promoting several themed excursions, like the ever-popular Eagle and Otter Walks, Mull Magic offers guests a chance to explore some of the more remote parts of the Isle of Mull. A walk with Mull Magic will introduce you to a hidden side of the island and its wildlife that many visitors miss. Your experienced guide will fill you in on the social and natural history of Mull, Ulva and Iona, and take you to wild glens, picturesque lochs, bubbling burns, cascading waterfalls and shimmering white shell-sand beaches. You’ll also be provided with a magnificent lunch and tea and scones at the end of the walk.
Whilst on Mull: Places to Eat & Stay
The Isle of Mull has a fantastic variety of places to eat, drink and stay. The Ninth Wave Restuarant should be on the list of every foodie. The desitnation restaurant's approach is based on seasonality, using the croft’s own home-grown produce, fresh-caught seafood and organic meats from the island. If you're looking for a sweet treat, make sure to drop by the Little Bespoke Bakery on your way to Tobermory.
For a unique place to stay, head to Treshnish Cottages located in the beautiful Haunn region of the island. Whether you'd like to stay at a cottage close to the farmhouse or in the more remote Shepherd’s Hut, the peace and quiet at Treshnish will leave you feeling relaxed and recharged.
If you’re in need of some sustenance after a day’s walking, check out the Mull and Iona Food Trail for great places to eat great local produce.
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