One of the most delightful defining aspects of the Ross of Mull is the fabulous white shell-sand beaches dotted all along the peninsula, with outcrops of pink and red granite adding a further dimension of texture, beauty and interest. Beaches on the Ross of Mull range from small coves, to be discovered tucked away, to great swathes of sand, with fabulous views out to sea, with other islands on the horizon. All invite you to walk their shores and discover their secrets.
Because Fionnphort is a busy ferry terminal for both residents and visitors to Iona, and a pier for landing shellfish, the bay can be overlooked as a lovely beach which provides a very attractive setting for the village. Fionnphort Beach is notable for a massive split red granite rock sitting in the centre of the sandy bay, surrounded by rounded cliffs of red granite. The beach is ideal for children playing, walking the dog, wild swimming or taking a walk along the cliff to the famous Tor Mor quarry which was said to have produced the largest granite blocks in the UK at over 16 metres long. Be aware you may share the beach with the local Highland Cow herd and flocks of sheep!
Only a one mile walk from Fionnphort, Fidden is a beautiful beach with a wide, shallow, sandy bay; a great place for kayaking, wild swimming and perfectly placed for viewing sunsets. Seals are often seen at close quarters, basking on the rocks or swimming in the shallow waters. The extensive beach and surrounding landscape is attractively dotted with pink granite outcrops in the fields and along the coastline. Wildlife lots of wildlife around including mountain hare and corncrake have also been seen.
David Balfour’s Bay is stunningly beautiful, with a fabulous beach at Erraid, a tidal island on the tip of the Ross of Mull. It is known as David Balfour’s bay because it is where Robert Louis Stevenson had Davie, in “Kidnapped” being thrown ashore after his ship was wrecked on the Torran rocks.
Loch Buie is a large, sheltered sea loch which provides all the promise of the varied wildlife of Mull plus a sandy beach and convenient maintained shore walks around the village.
Ardanalish Beach is a stunning mile long sandy beach, fringed with wildflower machair from June to September with views out to Colonsay and the Paps of Jura. Its geology is renowned, the rocky formations providing lots of interest on a beach walk. Pop into the nearby Ardalanish Weavers, a unique visit.