Located on the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Mull is bursting with quaint harbours, fantastic beaches, rich wildlife, fantastic art and history - and, of course, an array of absolutely stunning landscapes.
Take the ferry from the mainland and go on walking tours, boat trips, or try a treasure hunt before enjoying some delicious local food. This article will give you great tips on where to stay and what to do on your Mull camping holiday.
The first step of any camping holiday is finding that perfect site to use as your base when exploring the surroundings, and Mull does not disappoint. They all have beautiful views and breathtaking scenery in common, but don’t forget to make sure that the location and amenities are just what you’re looking for - and to keep ut with Covid-19 regulations such as mandatory masks indoors!
If you don’t want to choose between the picturesque seaside and gorgeous mountain vistas, then this charming campsite situated by the sea in the village of Craignure is an excellent choice. You’ll be perfectly positioned to explore the whole island and will have access to hot showers, dish-washing facilities, and a laundrette with a tumble dryer. All motorhome pitches are hard-standing with optional hook-ups, and you’ll be a mere stroll away from pubs, shops, and both local buses and the ferry terminal.
You’ll find equally stunning views and landscapes at this campsite located near the village of Salen. Another ideal location for touring the whole island, here you’ll find facilities with hot, powerful showers and shops and pubs nearby, along with hard-standing pitches from which you might spot an otter, some deer, an eagle or two, or even a dolphin! There is also on-site kayak and paddleboard hire, and easy shore access for fishing or sitting and watching the tide.
This campsite is great for a spontaneous trip since it doesn’t require any pre-booking; you can just show up at the reception unless you’re part of a big group, in which case calling ahead is recommended. Facilities include toilet and shower blocks with a dish-washing area and drinking water, and the site doesn’t have set pitches. Enjoy the beach and beautiful landscape, and bring your dog if you want - just make sure not to bother the livestock!
Another campsite located on a farm, here you’ll find some more amazing scenery along with anything else you could want for a relaxed and enjoyable holiday. The spacious pitches are hard-standing with electric hook-ups, and modern facilities include a laundrette and showers and toilets. On this family-run camping site, you’ll have sheep and highland cows as neighbours - and maybe some wildlife will pay you a visit!
There's only to get to this beautiful island (unless you have your own boat): via ferry. Depending on where you’re coming from, the most direct route is usually from Oban to the village of Craignure. Other options are from Lochaline to Fishnish and from Kilchoan to Tobermory, and you can also travel by ferry from the smaller isle of Iona to Fionnphort.
To avoid trouble on your way to Mull, make sure to check everything beforehand, such as sailing times, prices, ticket availability, and allowed vehicle size - wouldn’t it be a shame if your amazing trip got cancelled because of a technicality!
You might want to leave your schedule wide open and just sit back and enjoy the fantastic scenery, but if you want to plan ahead, here are some things to put on your Isle of Mull itinerary!
The Isle of Mull beaches are arguably some of the best in the country - maybe in the world if you listen to the locals! You’ll find sandy beaches all over the island, some more secluded than others. Calgary might be the most famous one and is a must for any photographer!
If you haven’t managed to spot some animals by your campsite, you can always go looking for them yourself. Keep an eye open for otters, eagles, or red deer, and see if you can spot a puffin or a seal. Perhaps you’ll even be lucky enough to see a whale, dolphin, or shark!
The architecture on the Isle of Mull is as captivating as its nature, and you don’t want to miss the colourful buildings in Tobermory or the white facades in Bunessan. Feel the wings of the past in Dervaig or have a pint in Craignure, Salen, or Calgary.
Go on a boat trip to one of the neighbouring islands or to see some whales, dolphins or eagles, or stay on dry land and choose an otter tour or maybe a photography tour. There’s also pony trekking and, of course, walking and wildlife watching tours!
The Isle of Mull is packed with historical attractions, such as Duart Castle, Mull Museum, and The Old Byre Heritage Centre. Learn more about Clan Maclean, investigate the Standing Stones and the brochs (Iron Age stone structures), or visit the Macquarie Mausoleum; any history buff will love it here.
If you’re into painting and photography, Mull might quickly become your personal paradise. Visit the Picture Gallery or go on a painting cruise or attend one of the photography workshops and courses offered on the island.
Other things you simply can’t miss are the Mull and Iona Food Trail, the Tobermory Distillery, and, of course, the mysterious Tobermory Treasure Hunt Trail, which is fun for all ages!
If you’re now all ready to go on a camping holiday to the Isle of Mull but are still lacking a vehicle to stay in, you could always hire a campervan with Yescapa!
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