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Beaches & Castles near Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa

From white sandy beaches to magnificent castles the Isle of Mulls history and beautiful beaches are second to none.


While on Mull you'll have the perfect opportunity to spend the day on a stunning beach with crystal clear water and white sandy beaches. On clear days, Mull's beaches are amongst the best in the UK - and even better, with so many spectacular beaches you can spend the day on your own tropical paradise!

Calgary Bay
Calgary Bay is the islands most popular beach, however there are plenty more hidden gems as illustrated on the map. On a clear day Calgary Bay is a must. With beautiful walks around the surrounding peninsulas, picnic areas and stunning scenery on offer Calgary Bay is a true jewel in Mull’s crown. Follow the B8073 from Tobermory and follow through Dervaig to reach Calgary Bay.

A hidden gem on the Isle of Mull, Langamull Beach requires a 2.5km walk to reach its sandy shores. Part of the charm of Langamull Beach is the walk – from the car park walk through the woods, keeping left at the junction. A third of the way towards the beach you will see another track taking you to Kildavie, one of Mull’s forgotten settlements and now the sight of an archaeological dig. This beach is well worth the visit and with a bit of luck seals and dolphins can spotted off the coast. 

A rough and rocky walk is rewarded with beauty and serenity. The beaches at Knockvologan are home to the remains of a lifeboat belonging to the Arandora Star, a luxury cruise ship converted to a prisoner ship and torpedoed in 1940 off the coast of Malin Head. Once on the beach itself , visitors will be spoilt for choice with stunning walks in either direction. To the right, on a low tide, it is possible to reach the Isle of Erraid, and to the left, over the grassy hill and ridge, another hidden beach awaits – ideal for wildlife watching and relaxing in solitude.

The Isle of Mull has a rich and unique history, and with so many castles in tremendous condition, the Isle of Mull truly brings Scottish history to life.

Moy Castle
Built in 1450 by Hector Reaganach Maclean, the castle is situated by Loch Buie on the southern part of the island. The castle is a tower design with three internal levels and a garret. It was captured from the Macleans of Lochbuie by Clan Campbell, but later returned to the Macleans. It was abandoned in 1752 when neighbouring Lochbuie House was built. The entrance door is locked because of a risk of crumbling masonry.  Restoration work went underway in 2006 to stabilise the interior and external stonework.  Even though access is not permitted to the castle for safety reasons, a short walk from Lochbuie along the shore will bring you to the front of the castle.  The owners Jim and Patience Corbett conduct private tours of the castle to members of the MacLean Clan or by pre-arranged appointment once renovations are complete.

Duart Castle
The Ancestral home of the Clan Maclean, and was originally built in 1350. Later in the mid 17th century a small vaulted cellars with a hall at first floor level and perhaps a small chamber above, were built within the courtyard on the South East side. At the same time the defence to the gateway entrance to the courtyard was strengthened by a two story gatehouse. In 1691 the Macleans surrendered Duart and all their lands on Mull to the Duke of Argyll. The Castle, although in a fairly ruinous condition was used as a garrison for Government troops until 1751. It was then abandoned until 1910 when it was purchased by Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 26th Chief. He then set about the enormous task of restoring the building.

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