The Isle of Mull has some of the most fabulous beaches in the UK. Find some of Mull’s best kept secrets and why some of these beaches are the most photographed and talked about in Great Britain.
And the best thing about them? You can probably have them all to yourselves, just don’t expect sun-loungers and ice-cream vans!
Langamull Beach – Near Dervaig
This really is the most fabulous expanse of glistening white shell sand and there are a couple of hidden coves too. The views out to Rum are spectacular on a clear day.
Calgary Beach – Near Dervaig
There is a Coffee Shop and Gallery located 10 minutes walk from the beach, through the Calgary Art in Nature Woodland. A broad area of machair, a fertile low-lying grassy plain, lies between the land and the beach. There is parking, public toilets and also a Wild Camping area, no caravans or motor homes allowed.
Knockvologan Beach – Near Ffionnphort
Knockvologan beach is approached from Fionnphort by taking the road to Knockvologan Farm which is a couple of miles beyond Fidden. Park your car here and walk for about 10mins down the track that leads to the sea.
Ardalanish Beach – Near Bunessan
Absolutely gorgeous and really, on a sunny day, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Barbados. The beach can only be accessed on foot but the small parking area is only about half a mile above the beach. From Bunessan, take the left turn up the hill, signposted Uisken.
Kilvickeon Beach – Near Bunessan
Just opposite Kilvickeon Old Parish Church and Cemetery. Take the right turn on the track and it’s about a 10 minute walk down to Kilvickeon beach. Here, there are lots of sandy coves to explore and the chance to see seals and numerous sea birds. Garbh Eilean is a tidal island on this stunning beach.
Port Na Ba Beach – Near Croig Harbour
Port na Ba is gaelic for Beach of the Cattle and this is where the animals landed from the Small Isles en route to the markets of Crieff, Falkirk and Carlisle. Take the directions to Croig Beach and then Port na Ba is located about a miles walk north-west of Croig Harbour, well worth making the extra effort to see the most breath-taking views out to Rum.
Traigh Ghael Beach – Near Fionnphort
Traigh Ghael (Gaelic for white beach) is a quiet hidden beach on the south of Mull. From Fionnphort take the road to Fidden and park a couple of miles beyond at Knockvologan Farm. Go through the gate at the side of the farm buildings, maps are available from an honesty box on the gate. It’s a 2 – 3 hour hike through the Tireragan Nature Reserve to get to the beach and detours can be made to see some of the abandoned settlements on the reserve. Guided walks are available with Mull Magic. Click here to go to their website.
Uisken Beach – Near Uisken
Uisken Beach is easily accessible by car, take the signposted road to Uisken which is just beyond Bunessan. Follow the signs down to the beach – there is a parking area directly by the sands. Uisken is famous for it’s Beach Games day in August, there are assorted races on the sand and a raft race around the bay on home-made rafts. It’s great fun for all the family. The views out to Colonsay and the Paps of Jura are stunning.
Laggan Sands Beach – Near Lochbuie
Park on the small car parking area opposite the Post Office in Lochbuie. Laggan Sands was voted the 9th best beach in the UK for wildlife spotting in The Guardian travel section -July 2006. Seals can often be seen offshore and don’t forget to scan the cliffs around the beach for Mull’s birds of prey.
Black Beach – Near Torloisk
The Black Beach is one of the island’s less known beaches so you can be almost guaranteed to have it to yourself. It can be found in a secluded spot on the west coast of Mull, not far from Torloisk. Named Black Beach, after the color of the sand, ground from Basalt. An excellent beach to visit when the tide is coming in, as it warms up the incoming water very quickly.
Fidden Beach – Near Ffionnphort
Another stunning beach with pink granite outcrops and a large white sandy bay. The setting is absolutely wonderful, amazing sunsets, and lots of wildlife around, including seals basking on the rocks. Have a quick dip in the icy cold, crystal clear water (it might look like the Carribean but it isn’t!) and just soak up the scenery, the wildlife, and the peace and quiet.