Saturday, 19 October 2019

Ride Guide: Mull

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to ferries to Mull.  Sailing from Oban, Lochaline or Kilchoan you are never far from a boat to gloriously empty roads and the colourful town of Tobermory.  If you sail from Oban, head clockwise around the island when you get off the ferry and soon you are riding through rugged mountain scenery before the road drops back down to shore and the seriously single track road to Loch Na Keal.  As the road skirts the shore of Loch Na Keal, take a minute to look south to the sea cliffs where the loch gives way to the Atlantic.  The single track theme continues as the road heads north through small settlements and flocks of sheep scattered along the shore on the way to beautiful Calgary beach and its soft white sand.  The single track road continues as the road climbs and twists towards Dervaig.  The hairpin turns are something else, looking left and right as you climb through the hairpins the road is regularly rises to eye level as you look through the climbing turns.  The road continues to twist and turn as it drops back down from Dervaig to Tobermory.  Leaving Tobermory, the now fast two carriageway road, hugs the coast for the last few miles back to the Oban ferry at Craignure.

Tobermory on the Island of Mull

Loop of the Island of Mull 
Image © Google Maps
 Turn by Turn:
  • Leave the ferry terminal at Craignure and turn left onto A849
  • After 17 miles turn right onto B8035
  • After 17.8 miles turn left onto B8073
  • Continue 18.6 miles on B8073 to Calgary beach
  • Continue 12.2 miles on B8073 to Tobermory, via Dervaig
  • Leave Tobermory on A848 for 9.8 miles to Salen
  • Continue through Salen onto A849 for 10.8 miles to Craignure ferry terminal
  • Total: 86.2 miles

Ferries to and from Mull:  Cal Mac ferries
Food and drink:  The Mishnish 
Local information:  Mull information

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