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Walking on the Isle of Mull

Mull is the second largest island in the Inner Hebrides and so offers a superb range of walking opportunities for visitors. With extensive views of hills and mountains, complemented by stunning coastal views and seascapes, the Isle of Mull’s beauty is out of this world! Below is a list of regional walks on the Isle of Mull, which are displayed on our interactive map, as well as in depth guides to some of the islands more renowned walks.

Northern Mull
Northern Mull offers a wild and spectacular landscape as well as some challenging coastal and forest walks on the peninsulas. Look out for some superb views back towards Ardnamurchan on the mainland or out to the islands of Coll and Tiree. Recommended walks in this area include:
Loch Tor
Glengorm Castle

Central Mull
This includes the area around the hotel itself and includes Ben More as well as a number of worthy walking challenges. In addition to the Ben, highlight walks in Central Mull include the following:
Ulva Island
River Forsa

The Ross of Mull
This covers the southern tip of Mull and provides the gateway to the historic island of Iona. It offers rugged coastline with sandy beaches and some dramatic cliffs. Recommended routes include the following:
Pennyghael to Carsaig Pier
Carsaig Pier to Carsaig Arches
Isle of Iona

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Ben More
Distance: 3 miles
Difficulty: Challenging
Ben More is the islands only Munroe standing tall at 3169’. Views from the summit are nothing short of stunning, and if you are up to the challenge this is a must for any hillwalkers. On a clear day you can enjoy panoramic views north to the outer Hebrides, south to Jura and south west towards to Northern Ireland. Follow the bank of the Abhainn Dhiseig, where at 650m the path comes to a stony ridge and the gradient steepens at the eastern spur of Coire nam Fuaran. Walkers are advised to take care of the steep ground here to the north, east and south. The summit lies at the end of Chioch ridge.

The Burg and Fossil Tree
Distance: 5 miles (allow 6 hours for round trip) 
Note: Fossil Tree is only visible when tide is out – check tidal times prior to embarking on walk!
Difficulty: Challenging
The Burg was one of the first properties to come under the care of the National Trust for Scotland. This spectacular protected area provides a great habitat for golden eagles, and by following the path laid out on the interactive map, walkers will follow the coastline of the Ardmeanach peninsula passing ruined townships and spectacular views, burg farm and an Iron Age dun. Continue below the steep cliffs where several spectacular waterfalls flow into the ocean, finally descending to a rocky beach (inaccessible at the highest tides) to find the imprint of an ancient tree, preserved in lava flow some 300 million years ago. Walkers are advised to return the way they came.

Pennyghael to Carsaig Pier and Arches
Distance to Carsaig Pier:
4 Miles
Difficulty: Steep incline, but follows a road
While this is a steep climb the Pier is also accessible by car. Follow the road which leads all the way to the Pier. Whether by car or on foot, the rich woodland which follows the track offers an excellent opportunity to spot eagles as well as other birds of Prey. If the weather conditions are right cloud rises up from the ocean and condenses along the path to give a feeling out of this world. A majestic waterfall follows the path downwards to the pier. The pier, now derelict, offers peaceful setting to gaze out towards Malcolm's Point.

Distance form Carsaig Pier to Carsaig Arches: 4.5 Miles
Difficult, over rocky terrain
While relatively difficult, the Carsaig Arches are a breathtaking natural formation. Forged through thousands and thousands of years of volcanic and glacier activity, the Carsaig Arches truly are a natural monument worth seeing. From Carsaig Pier walk around the bay and follow the peninsula around the corner. The terrain is rocky and areas of the path are prone to landslip, so if in doubt follow the shore. Follow the path around the coast where you will come across the Nun’s Cave, a refuge for nun’s cast out of Iona, with carvings of crosses still evident from the 6th century. Follow the path past the waterfall and Malcolm’s Point, where after a section of boulders there is a slight climb to reach the first arch. The second arch, is more of a challenge, and is only to be approached by experienced walkers confident with heights. For those wishing to follow the narrow path heading up before the first arch is reached and climb up the narrow layer of basalt columns to reach a path which traverses the cliff above the first arch and allows a descent to the second arch - smaller but taller with a rock pinnacle like a chimney. The path is more of a sheep path and any slip would be fatal so only tackle this route if very confident and taking utmost care. After exploring the arches the return route is back along the shore retracing your steps to Carsaig.

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