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Outdoor activities on the Ross of Mull

The scenery and natural environment of Mull is so attractive, it invites anyone to explore.  Climb Ben More, Mull’s munro,  walk and cycle forest trails, take stunning beach walks or get out on the water in a canoe or kayak.  All around, wildlife can often be seen at close quarters from white-tailed eagles and hen harriers to porpoises and dolphins off-shore. Achaban House provides holiday accommodation with additional facilities to take advantage of the great outdoors on the doorstep. After a spell exploring Mull’s great outdoors, return to Achaban House to relax in front of a woodburning stove and share your escapades with others. The drying room is available for stowing the clothing for kayaking, walking and cycling, ready for the next day’s adventures

Bouldering and Rock Climbing

The Ben More mountain range provides some excellent mountain walking, as well as the challenge of climbing Ben More, Mull’s only Munro.  But the crags on the coast are very popular for bouldering and rock climbing and most are to be found at the western end of the Ross of Mull.  The fascinating geology of Mull provides a huge variety of rock types which require a range of climbing skills, which is very attractive to rock climbers


The variety of walking opportunities on the Ross of Mull and nearby Iona is extensive. The white sand beaches peppered by outcrops of pink and red granite provide a wide choice of beautiful coastal walks. Or for a complete contrast, opt to explore the mountainous interior and even climb the Mull Munro , Ben More. The views from the top are outstanding. The Walk Highlands website is an excellent source of detailed walking opportunities in the Ross of Mull and Iona


Cycling is very popular on Mull with ever changing scenery and wide variety of routes making a spectacular journey. A circuit around the whole island is around 100 miles.  We offer covered cycle storage at Achaban House and a handy hose for washing down your bike.


Getting out on the water is the perfect way to explore the fascinating coastline of the Ross of Mull. In good weather it is possible to paddle out to Iona and even journey right around the island. Fingal’s Cave and the Treshnish Isles are also within reach given perfect conditions. Kayaks can be stored in an area in the grounds of Achaban House.

Wild Swimming & Snorkelling

The pink granite coves at Fidden and along the South Coast have shell white sands, and the clearest, most translucent snorkelling, outside of the Seychelles. The area is perfect for wild swimming.

Natural history and wildlife

Mull is home to rare wildlife and is a fascinating destination for anyone with an interest in natural history. The island is famed for its golden eagle population and the successful reintroduction of white-tailed eagles. Mull is a haven for many other bird species, around 260 in total and a particular stronghold for hen harriers which are severley threatened on the UK mainland. Otters are fairly common and can be seen in Loch Pottie. Porpoises and dolphins, basking sharks and Minke whales are often seen from boats around the island but can even be seen from the land.  Mull is also very rich in plant species, in particular orchids, lichen, liverworts and mosses.  There are even around 250 different types of seaweed.


Mull and Iona have a huge variety of rock types, with unique rock structures found nowhere else in the world which is of great interest to geologists; some of the rocks on Iona are around 2000 million years old. We are pleased to have visiting scientists stay at Achaban House as their expertise is always fascinating.