Meanderings on magical Mull

by backpackingbongos

I returned yesterday from a magical week on the Isle of Mull.  A splendid time was had and for once the weather was kind to me for most of the week.  In fact I started to regret not taking my backpacking kit with me as there was plenty of opportunities to camp high and wild among some very empty mountains and coastline.  I did however have the comfort of the Bongo and parked up for the night in some idyllic spots.  Three days were dedicated to some cracking mountains with the Munro Ben More and the Corbett Dun da Ghaoith being climbed.  The toughest day however was a round of four much smaller peaks, my leg muscles are still aching from that one.  The coastline was also stunning and is one of the main jewels of Mull, hundreds of miles yet to explore there.  What struck me was that although the Island is very touristy it does not appear to be on the radar of many hikers (with the exception of Ben More).  You can walk all day without seeing another soul, just you the sheep and the tail end of a herd of red deer disappearing over the hill!  I will do a write up of each walk in turn but in the meantime here are a few snaps to give a taster of what Mull was like.

The following couple of pics were taken on a round of four small mountains that overlook the mountain road through Glen More.  The pointy summits of Ben More and A Chioch dominate the scenery on most of the Island (when not covered in mist).

Approaching the summit ridge of Ben More from A Chioch when the cloud suddenly descended out of nowhere.  The top is very steep but was hidden in cloud limiting the amount of exposure!

Another perfect Bongo ‘wild’ camp at the top of the pass leading to Calgary bay.

A fiery sunset taken from the campsite at Craignure, it really was that colour!

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8 Comments to “Meanderings on magical Mull”

  1. That ridge is superb. Looking forward to the write up and lots of photos.

  2. Good work Mr Boulter, I’m glad you had some clement weather. Like Martin, I’m looking forward to your write-ups. I’m intrigued about the coastline; is there a potential several day walking trip there?

  3. Love Mull, there’s a great seaside campsite at Fionnphort, it’s basically just a field and portacabin with showers inside, but would probably have been perfect for the Bongo.

    Haven’t been out to Mull for a few years, were going to go back this year, but have decided to head out to Lewis/Harris via Skye instead. Looking forward to it!

  4. Hey Martin, the ridge was indeed superb, a nice scramble to boot. Lots of photos to come with the write up.

    Pete it was great to get some good weather for a change. There is miles and miles of wild and remote coastline to explore, easily could get in a multiday backpack.

    Hi Fraser, Lewis and Harris and definately on my hit list. Nearly went to the Uists instead of Mull but the 6 hour ferry crossing put me off in the end. Nearly went to Fionnphort campsite (Fidden?) but it was too far in the end.

  5. You should consider this that way you can do Skye too 🙂 Uig to Tarbert 1h40m 🙂

    • Wow that looks like a bit of a bargain, cheaper than it was to get the van to Mull! Something to consider for next year…………………

  6. Looking forward to the reports, Mull looks fantastic.
    In terms of numbers of walkers it sounds rather like Arran: very busy in Brodick amd on Goatfell but hardly anyone in other parts.

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