TRAVEL TO AND AROUND THE ISLANDS of MULL and IONA
By bus from Glasgow to Oban with Scottish Citylink buses www.citylink.co.uk
By train from Glasgow (Queen Street) to Oban with Scotrail www.nationalrail.co.uk/timetables-routes
By car/passenger ferry with Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries www.calmac.co.uk The principal ferry runs from Oban to Craignure; other ferries run from Lochaline to Fishnish and from Kilchoan to Tobermory and from Fionnphort to Iona.
By car from Craignure to Taigh Foise – turn left from the ferry and continue along single track road A849 for approximately one hour, passing through villages of Pennyghael and Bunessan. Four miles beyond Bunessan, take a righthand turn, signposted to Kintra. After 2 miles turn right at a notice for ‘The Crofters’ Kitchen and Gardens’. Go past 2 cottages, over a cattle grid and Taigh Foise is the first house you see. Nigel and Rosie are in the next house near the wind turbines and croft shop.
By bus from Craignure to Fionnphort with Bowmans coaches www.bowmanstours.co.uk They also run the bus services to Tobermory and other parts of the island. If you would like to come by public transport we are happy to transport you from and to the bus stop in Fionnphort at the beginning and end of your visit.
Cycle hire in Salen from On Yer Bike Tel: 01680 300501
Car hire from www.mullselfdrive.co.uk
Mull is a big island. The road from Tobermory in the north via Craignure to Fionnphort in the south west (where you catch the ferry to Iona) is the main road on the island and although the distance measures 60 miles it is a combination of single and double tracks and you need to allow 2 hours to drive it during the busy summer season. On Mull there are petrol stations at Craignure (2), Salen, Tobermory and between Bunessan and Fionnphort (2). All the other minor roads are single track, some very narrow, and you probably won't average more than 25 mph when on them. Passing places occur frequently. Most are marked by a black and white banded pole, although some have the newer diamond shaped reflective sign which is easier to see at night. If this is your first visit to Mull it may also be your first encounter with single track roads. They can be a bit daunting at first, but you'll soon get the hang of it if you follow the code.
LET THE DRIVER BEHIND PASS! (again stopping on the left). They are probably experienced in driving on single track roads and could be members of the emergency services, or have a ferry to catch. You are welcome to enjoy the scenery at 30mph, but please allow others to get on. Show consideration to cyclists and horse riders. This will prevent frustration on their part and make your time on Mull more pleasurable.
Iona is unusual in that only those who live there can have a car on the island, so be ready to leave your car in Fionnphort. A large free carpark is signposted at the turn to Knockvologan. There is a taxi on Iona if you are not inclined or able to walk around the island.