Isle of Mull - Landscapes

We’re recently returned from two weeks on the Isle of Mull, where we honeymooned after marrying at a wonderful old pile, Traquair House, near Peebles. Though the purpose of the trip wasn’t photography I had the chance to take a few photographs, so if you’d like a small taste of Mull, and I’d recommend a huge gulp, please feel free to take a look. 

The photographs are organised into three sets; around Croggan where we stayed, other places on the island, and finally Staffa. They represent just a small part of this large island, but hopefully provide a hint of the landscapes you’d experience if you were ever to visit.


Croggan is a string of houses at the end of a long, winding, single-track road on the shore of Loch Spelve.  At its end the road becomes a rough track, ancient, gnarly oak trees to one side, the loch on the other. The track runs along the sea loch’s narrow entrance and round and out into the Firth of Lorne.  

As the days passed we named places after the things we saw: Jellyfish Beach, Trickle Falls, Ecstatic Erratic, Pebble Beach, Wild Goat Point, Michel Flat Tree, Adder Den, Golden Eagle Point, Otter Bay, Barking Dog House, Two Mile Tree …

If you’re looking for peace, coastal scenery, wildlife and remote deserted beaches, and don’t mind the odd cow or two, Croggan will more than match your needs. 

Other Places

Beyond Croggan is a whole island ripe for exploration from places close to Croggan, like Lochbuie and Grass Point, to the Ross of Mull in the West and Calgary Beach and Tobermory in the north; all full of scenic beauty; all full of wildlife; all full of history. Some, like the majestic Duart Castle, are firmly on the tourist map; others, like Grass Point, the main (and shortest) ferry crossing to the mainland in the centuries before steam, are nearly forgotten. The following photos don’t scratch the surface.


We had a hour on Staffa; enough time to climb the  path to the top of the island; queue for a look in Fingal’s Cave; and take a few photographs. The island deserves more time, contemplation and exploration. If we were ever to return I’d charter a boat to make the most of this unique and special place. 

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