Gardens
Lip na Cloiche, Isle of Mull
We strongly recommend a visit to Lip na Cloiche garden and nursery, beautifully located on the west coast of Mull just north of Ulva Ferry. The garden is a joy for plant lovers and artists alike, creatively integrating driftwood and ‘found objects’ into the rich array of small trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. This is a horticultural visit and an art gallery all rolled into one! On sale are plants propagated from the garden at very reasonable prices.
Please check their website for more details.

Top tip! Visit Lip na Cloiche as part of a leisurely drive along Mull’s beautiful west coast. If you plan your holiday so as to spend some nights in the north of Mull before or after staying at Staffa House, this makes a lovely place to rest and refresh yourself before continuing on your journey. See our Why not page.for more details about sights and accommodation in the North West of Mull.

St Columba Hotel garden, Isle of Iona
It’s a great delight to walk up the road from the Iona jetty towards Iona Abbey and to rest awhile to admire the stunning gardens of the St Columba Hotel. These gardens were awarded fully organic status in 2008 and they are a model of skilful and successful stewardship. Not only are the gardens creatively and attractively landscaped, they are also a rich source of fresh, diverse produce for the hotel’s kitchen. Despite the challenges of cultivating fruit and vegetables in a short growing season, Iona’s soil is light and free-draining and the annual application of seawood maintains a rich, natural fertility. The current gardeners bring with them considerable experience of permaculture together with expertise on shelter-beds, microclimates and other labour-saving techniques. The results are inspiring! Garden tours are occasionally organised and if your visit coincides with one of these, be sure to go along. We also highly recommend lunch in the hotel’s restaurant (booking advisable) where you’ll enjoy beautiful views across to Mull and, of course, delicious salads and vegetables from the hotel garden!
For more information please check www.stcolumba-hotel.co.uk.
and just down the road from Staffa House...
The Crofters Garden, Isle of Mull
This is a well-kept secret, tucked away down a minor road not frequented by the many people who journey to Fionnphort on their way to Iona or Staffa. The garden is situated in a sheltered valley, lovingly created, and cultivated using seaweed and manure as fertilisers. Here are grown vegetables and fruit, available directly from the croft through the little farm shop called ‘The Crofters Kitchen’. Visitors are welcome to walk round the garden where there are informative displays explaining methods of cultivation and uses for both wild and cultivated plants.
Please check their website for more information.
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