5 Dog-Friendly Walks on the Isle fo Mull
Fancy a holiday on Mull? There’s no need to leave your four-legged friend at home! You’ll find plenty of great places to walk your dog on Mull, from forest strolls to beach romps. We’ve picked five of the best, but there are many more amazing places to stretch your dog’s legs on Mull.
Visit the Isle of Mull
Discover huge sandy bays, open headland, hills, glens and more. There’s also a good selection of dog-friendly places to stay and eat on Mull.
Aros Park is a brilliant woodland walk, located just outside Tobermory and there are several trails to choose from which will keep all the family and pooch well entertained. The Alainn View trail takes you to a spectacular lookout point, with views of the plunging Aros Burn waterfall. The Lochan Trail takes you for a gentle stroll around idyllic Lochan a Ghurrabain, with its edges laced with beautiful beech, cypress and oak trees. You can also walk from Aros Park to Tobermory along the wooded shore of Tobermory Bay. You and your dog can stay in the pet-friendly Western Isles Hotel. Overlooking Tobermory harbour, this 19th-century hotel is packed with character. It’s just a short walk from the hotel to Aros Park.
Dogs love to run free on beaches and this beautiful Calgary Bay on the island of Mull is perfect for a dog walk. Not only is there lots of room for your dogs to roam around. There is plenty to see when on your walk, with Calgary art sculptures around the bay, or head towards Calgary castle which was built in 1817.
For a longer trek with your dog, the 8-mile walk from Dervaig to the Quinish peninsula and back is a cracker. Amble through woods and pastures and you’ll meet a magnificent standing stone. The headland at Quinish offers incredible views across to Coll, Rum, Skye and even the Outer Hebrides. There’s a good track most of the way. Stay in the dog-friendly Bellachroy in Dervaig It’s Mull’s oldest inn, established in 1608 as a waypoint for drovers. It’s super cosy and friendly, with fabulous views. Head to the bar and restaurant for excellent food and drink. Local produce is featured on the menu.
Tobermory Lighthouse Path
Another lovely dog walk from Tobermory is the Tobermory Lighthouse Path. Following the coast, you’ll reach the impressive Rubha nan Gall Lighthouse, where you will find stunning views over the mainland and Tobermory Harbour.
Scallastle Forest near Craignure is ideal for a forest romp with your dog. With superb views over the Sound of Mull and inland to the island’s hills, as well as a rocky, rushing river, you and your dog will love Scallastle. Formerly a timber-producing forest, the rows of conifers have been felled allowing native species such as birch and oak to reclaim the hillside. There are two trails to choose from. Follow the gentler trail to the tumbling Scallastle River, or complete the steep loop up to a great viewpoint looking across to the rugged peak of Dun da Gaoithe. Head back to the Craignure Inn, a rustic and cosy dog-friendly pub with great grub and a log fire.
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.