The Isle of Mull has an enviable array of habitats, from the Ben More mountain range through woodland, moorland, bog and wet heath to the coastline of rocky outcrops and white sandy beaches. It is no surprise, therefore, that Mull is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream holiday location.
Hills and Forests
Mull’s forests are wonderful places for spotting Scottish wildlife, and with plenty of woodland close to the shore you may well see dolphins and sea birds as well mammals and reptiles. The trees hide intriguing historic features too, from ancient standing stones to forgotten villages and atmospheric graveyards.
The Red Deer is the UK’s largest native mammal and in summer can be found on higher ground as grass and heather are abundant. Although their red-brown coat camouflages them well against the hills, they can often be seen silhouetted against the sky in the early evening.
Ben More (Beinn Mhòr, meaning ‘great mountain’) is the highest mountain and only Munro on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. It is the highest peak in the Inner Hebrides apart from those on the Isle of Skye. The mountain is situated in the south of the island, above the shores of Loch na Keal.
From the summit on a clear day, the view is spectacular – taking in the Sound of Mull, Staffa, Ulva, the Ross of Mull and Iona in the distance. From sea loch to summit is approximately a four-hour walk. It is therefore no surprise that this makes the perfect home for some of our larger birds of prey: The White-tailed Eagle and the Golden Eagle.
Beaches and the Shore
The Isle of Mull has over 300 miles of coastline which is dotted with beautiful, crowd-free sandy beaches lapped by clear turquoise water. In fact, you would be forgiven for thinking that you had been transported to your own private tropical island.
Calgary Bay, at the north of the island, is wonderfully sheltered and its white, soft, shell sand and clear waters are the most photographed on Mull. The beach is easily accessible, with parking, public toilets and a wild camping area, but it still feels wild and remote.
For wildlife, then Laggan Sands at Lochbuie is the place to visit . Voted in previous years as the UK’s best beach for wildlife spotting, it is not unusual to see seals from the shore and eagles flying over head.
To really get up close and personal with our wildlife here on Mull, there are various land-based wildlife tours, and boat trips that you can book from the VisitScotland Tourist Information Centre in Craignure.