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. 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.
For a woodland wander with your pooch, Aros Park is a brilliant bet. It’s located just outside Tobermory and there are a number of trails to choose from. 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.
The Bay at the Back of the Ocean
Dogs love to run free on beaches and this beautiful bay on the island of Iona is perfect for a dog walk. This arc of sand sits on the west coast of Scotland. Head there for sunset and you’ll be blown away by the beauty. The beach is bordered by a wild flower meadow and common grazing for sheep (so keep your dog on a lead!) and cows. On the far left of the bay, as you approach the beach, look out for the Spouting Cave. You’ll also see large erratic boulders deposited on the beach after the ice melted. At low tide this beach is brilliant for rock pooling.
Stay in the dog-friendly Argyll Hotel on Iona. Overlooking the Sound of Iona, this 19th-century hotel is a warm and inviting place. You and your dog will be treated to the best of Hebridean hospitality. There is a small charge for dogs.
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 walk from Tobermory is the Tobermory Lighthouse Path. Following the coast, you’ll reach the impressive Rubha nan Gall Lighthouse. There are stunning views over to the mainland and Tobermory Harbour.
Back in Tobermory, you and your dog can head to the famous Mishnish Bar for some refreshments. Dogs are welcome in this historic bar on the harbour’s edge. Tuck into some delicious local seafood.
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.
Find out more about things to see and do on Mull and Iona.