As one of the largest Hebridean islands, the breathtaking Isle of Mull is renowned for its incredible wildlife, history and scenic views. The Island presents an exceptional opportunity for holiday makers passionate about walking and travel. Covering an area of approximately 353 square miles, Mull certainly has the capacity to keep enthusiasts occupied, with several walking adventures waiting to be experienced and enjoyed.
Climb Ben More on Mull
What better way is there to see the beautiful Isle of Mull than from the peak of the second highest hill of any Scottish Island, Ben More. At a height of 3852 ft. (1174 metres) Ben More provides walkers a bird’s eye view of the island. Furthermore, it is the mountain’s central location that makes this 7 mile (11KM) trek all the more worthwhile. To make the most of the journey, tourists are encouraged to plan this walk on the clearest day possible in order to fully appreciate the scenery on offer. Whilst the views at the highest point of the mountain are rewarding, the climb can be steep and unrelenting – it’s important to consider the the fitness of your travelling group before any attempts at “The Big Mountain”.
Carsaig Arches, Mull
The Carsaig Arches are natural cliff formations – the result of erosion along the sea coast. En route to the destination, tourists are treated to a terrific coastal walk where they pass under some of the highest and most spectacular cliffs in Scotland. From a wildlife perspective, the walk along Carsaig to the arches is a great area to spot peregrine falcons, buzzards, golden eagles and ravens. Additionally, fulmar, wild goats and deer are also regularly visible along the way. Whilst the journey is certainly picturesque, it’s important to highlight the challenge it can present to even the most experience of walkers. At a distance of 8.25 miles (13.25km), this walk can take approximately six hours to complete. However, due to the very rocky and tricky terrain, this estimated time can fluctuate.
Loch Buie, one of the most stunning locations on Mull, is another terrific path for walkers to include during their trip to the island. The village of Loch Buie is situated on the south coast of Mull and boasts impressive beaches, scenery and wildlife. Visitors can choose from an array of different places to visit, such as The Standing Stones, St Kilda’s Church, Moy Castle, Laggan Sands, the Iron Age Fort and the Mausoleum. The walk to each destination is relatively straightforward as much of the terrain for the 5 mile (8KM) hike is mostly rough tracks and minor roads. Additionally, the distance and duration of this walk is less testing in comparison to some of the other paths on Mull, taking approximately two hours to cover the main sights of this remote, but impressive village.
For anyone passionate about nature, wildlife and beautiful scenery, there are few better places to experience than the Isle of Mull. Whilst the island’s beauty is not restricted to the hikes up Ben More, or along to the Casaig Arches and Loch Buie, these walks offer visitors the breathtaking views and life long memories that Scotland’s islans are famous for
To find out more about trips to Mull, have a look at our explore Mull page, which has information on our various bus and boat trips to the island.