Take a hike with a walking day trip to the island of Mull
Walking on the west coast is the perfect way to truly appreciate the natural beauty that this part of the world is famed for. And, if you take a hike on an island like Mull, you're in for quite a treat. With coastlines, castles and caves in abundance - there's no shortage of compelling reasons to explore the island on foot.
Accessible and rewarding walks on Mull
One of the most accessible and rewarding walks on Mull is the hike from Craignure to the jetty at Torosay Castle. At between 1.5 to 2.5 hours in length - it's a good option for walkers of varying abilities. A great option if you're looking for things to do on Mull - perhaps as part of day trips from Oban - or for activities to do as part of a longer stay on the island. Either way, the route is a perfect way to experience the beauty of this part of Scotland's West Coast.
Although just a short ferry ride from Oban, you'll immediately feel like you're getting away from it all when your hiking boots set foot in Craignure, less than an hour later. And it's here that your walk begins - striking out south from Craignure - away from the port, following a path that runs parallel to the road and the sea. Keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife that Mull is famed for.
|Day Trip from Oban
|6km / 3.75 miles
|1.5 - 2.5 hrs
Tree lined trails mountain peaks
It's not long before you're on a tranquil track, bound for Torosay Castle. It's a private residence that's no longer open to the public, but an interesting milestone nonetheless. Prior to arriving at Torosay Castle, you'll make your way through beautiful tree lined paths, with fabulous views to the water and the vast mountain peaks of the mainland beyond.
Coastal views, castles and champagne
As the track progresses into mature woodland, you'll capture glimpses of Duart Castle across the bay - home of the Chieftain of the Clan MacLean - dating back an incredible 800 years. It's not long before this peaceful track emerges below the second castle of the day - Torosay Castle. It's surrounded by 12 acres of spectacular gardens - some of it formal. Many plants thrive here thanks to the mild weather of the Gulf Stream. The castle gardens are rarely opened to the public, so if that's of interest, it is worth checking before heading off.
Interestingly, around ten years ago - one of the oldest bottles of champagne ever found was discovered in a sideboard within Torosay Castle. Valued as 'priceless', it's now on display in the Veuve Clicquot museum in Reims, France.
From memorable finds, to the most memorable viewpoints of the day - when you head down the hill from Torosay, through the trees, you'll arrive at the jetty, the focal point of the walk. It's here you can take a rest, perhaps with a picnic or a hot drink - depending on the weather. Sit back and admire the fantastic view across the bay to striking Duart Castle - as it stands proudly on the crag, seemingly protecting the waterways below it. It's one of the most striking, and one of the last privately owned castles in Scotland.
Afterwards, it's back along the route to Craignure - and as always with an out and back walk, you're bound to spot something new on the return.
The Craignure to Torosay Castle walk is one of the most accessible Isle of Mull walks, and one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Mull - whether you're doing some day trips from Oban, or over for a fortnight. Naturally inspiring - you'll be able to indulge in some of the best scenery on the West Coast, explore the seemingly never ending coastline, or spot the area's impressive wildlife. Head over to the Mull destination page to plan your visit.