The area is rich in natural history from its wildlife to its unique geology: the Carsaig arches, the fossil tree at Burg (National Trust for Scotland wilderness area) or the fossil leaf beds at Ardtun. Visit Iona and wander through St. Columba's Abbey, the birth place of European Christianity and the resting place of many Scottish Kings. Enjoy its wonderful scenery and unique atmosphere. Explore Columba's Bay and the disused marble quarry.
Take a trip to Staffa, famous for Fingal's cave with its stunning cliffs of basalt columns, which provided the inspiration for Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture. Walk amongst the puffins on the cliff top. Numerous other sea birds may be seen as well as dolphins and perhaps a whale on the trip. The Treshnish Islands are famous for their bird colonies and scenery and make a memorable day's outing with a visit to Staffa on the way back.
Local attractions for walkers include Erraid (Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped Island), the white sands of Knockvologan and the deserted village of Tireragan with its breathtaking beach at Traigh Gheal nearby. Tireragan is a unique conservancy area for the re-establishment of the native fauna and flora being undertaken by Highland Renewal, a local charity. To learn more visit their web site at www.highlandrenewal.ndo.co.uk.
Information leaflets and guide books are available and trips can usually be booked from Achaban House during your stay. You might also wish to consider taking an organised wildlife tour or excursion.
The Isle of Mull abounds in natural beauty from mountains
to idyllic sandy white beaches.
Walks range from a stroll to a scramble: a half hours easy walk from the house could take you to the top of the old Torr Mor granite quarry to watch the sun set over Iona or around Loch Pottie,while a day's expedition will take you to the top of Ben More (at 3,100 feet it is Mull's only Munro).