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Walking and Hiking on the Ross of Mull
Please note, the walk summaries on this page are only intended to whet your appetite and should not be used as walking guides in the field. We have a large selection of walking books and leaflets at Staffa House and you can easily purchase your own copies in the local Ferry Shop. Being keen walkers ourselves, we are also more than happy to suggest possible walking routes to suit you. For all walks, it is suggested that you carry with you the appropriate OS map.

Don’t forget that we can provide delicious packed lunches to satisfy the hungriest walking appetites! Details can be found at the foot of this page…..

EASY, HALF-DAY WALKS FROM FIONNPHORT (1-3 HOURS)
Torr Mor Quarry
This walk takes you to the heart of the rich, pink granite which was such an important part of Fionnphort’s history. A good track leads to the quarry, closed about 1910 (although re-opened for a short time in the 1990s). The old quarry workings have a strange beauty in this wild setting and from the top of Torr Mor itself there are superb views out to the Treshnish islands and inland to Mull. Return by the same route or keep to the coast using rough paths.
2 miles, 3.2km
Torr Mor Quarry - with view over to Iona
Fidden and the standing stone at Pottie
Whilst Fionnphort bustles with visitors eager to catch the ferry to Iona, the quiet road leading from the centre of the village to Fidden remains quiet and peaceful. From here, there are lovely views out to Iona and to Erraid, opportunities for seeing birds and seals from the sandy beach at Fidden, and an interesting walk inland passing old settlements, cultivation fields and the standing stone at Pottie.
4½ miles, 7km
LONGER WALKS (3-5 HOURS)

The deserted village of Tireragan
Tireragan is a secret jewel, a delightful wilderness area, easily accessible from Fionnphort, yet unfrequented and home to a woodland regeneration project which is encouraging a wide variety of animals and plants to return to this area. Visit the ruins of Tireragan, home to almost 100 people in the 19th century, and the sandy beach of Traigh Gheal, tucked away in a beautifully isolated setting.
4 miles, 6.4km to Tireragan; 8 miles, 12.8km to include Traigh Gheal
Ruined Houses
Iona and Columba’s Bay
Pilgrims journey from all over the world to visit Columba’s Bay where it is said Columba landed in a coracle from Ireland in 563AD. Many who visit Iona say that it is a ‘thin place’ where spiritual and earthly things come together in special ways. From Fionnphort it is just a short ferry ride to the jetty on Iona, from where good roads and tracks lead to Columba’s Bay and the chance to find beautiful stones and pebbles, notably the little green stones named ‘Columba’s tears’.
5 miles, 8km
Scoor and Shiaba
Mull is not widely known for its sea cliffs, but this walk on the south coast of the Ross gives exciting views of Malcolm’s Point and the vertical drop of a thousand feet into the sea below. To the south you look out to Colonsay, Islay and Jura, while closer at hand are the fascinating ruins of the houses of Shiaba, once inhabited by 350 people. Deer, eagles and wild goats are frequent visitors here – so have your binoculars close at hand!
4 miles, 6.4km returning by the same route; or extend your walk by returning over high ground to Cruachan Min (10 miles, 16km)
Near Shiaba, looking South East
FULL-DAY WALKS (5-8 HOURS)
Ben More
Ben More is Mull’s single Munro, and so fine an expedition that many Munro collectors leave this mountain until their very last. Ascend from the south over Chioch and Chioch ridge (steep, loose ground), or from the north (an easier, more gradual path). Either way, the views both on the way up and from the summit cairn are quite spectacular. A memorable day on the hills and highly recommended!
6¼ miles, 10km from the north; 10 miles, 16km from the south; 3169 ft, 966m of ascent; steep ground, rocky and loose in places
Ben More in Winter
Carsaig Arches
The Carsaig Arches are one of the wonders of Mull and the four mile walk out to them passes below cliffs that are breathtaking in their height and scale. The walk starts from the pier at Carsaig, from where you pick your way over rough pebbles and rocks, arriving first at the Nun’s Cave where it is said that the nuns took refuge after being driven from Iona. Crosses of various designs, some possibly dating from the 6th – 9th centuries, are carved on the walls of this cave. Beyond, the way continues to the spectacular Carsaig Arches, the cliffs soaring upwards to nearly a thousand feet. Return by the same route.
9 miles, 14.5 km
Please note that this is an extremely strenuous walk. The terrain is very rough and slippery, hence progress over the rocks is very slow. A full day is required to complete the walk and it is recommended only for experienced walkers with good footwear.
Burg and the Fossil Tree
Accessible only by foot, McCulloch’s Tree is situated at the far west of the Ardmeanach peninsula. It was discovered in 1819 by the geologist John MacCulloch, the fossilised cast of a tree growing over 50 million years. The route follows the remote northern shore of Loch Scridain, passing through wild and lonely scenery with good opportunities for watching wildlife. A long but fascinating day’s expedition.
12½ miles, 20km
Fossil Tree, seen from the sea
Staffa House packed lunches feature hearty sandwiches made with home-made bread and tasty fillings, many of them using local and organic ingredients: beef from nearby Ardalanish Farm; Inverawe organic smoked salmon & cream cheese; cheese & pickle, egg mayonnaise; home-made hummus….. . You’ll also need space in your rucksack for home-made fruit cake, a chocolate bar, juice and fruit. And do try Ali’s wonderful flapjacks, ideal for your day out on Iona or the Ross of Mull!
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