Ferry – Loch Buie ferry, Fionnphort to Iona

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Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and is situated off the west coast of Scotland. Fionnphort and Burnside Cottage is situated at the far western end of the Ross of Mull overlooking the Sound of Iona to Iona. The cottage has a commanding view of the beach and sea to Iona Abbey. Directions to the cottage are detailed below as well as the main ones for getting to the Isle of Mull. It is advisable though, to plan your route with a map or other navigation systems.

Getting to Burnside Cottage

View Larger Map On exiting the ferry at Craignure turn left onto the A849 signposted Fionnphort. Continue on this road for a further 37 miles following the signs to Fionnphort. You will pass through a small community called Pennyghael and further on, the largest village on the Ross of Mull, Bunessan. Fionnphort is approximately 5 miles from Bunessan. On entering Fionnphort you will pass several houses on the left hand side and reach a crossroads with a green shed on the right hand side, turn immediately right after the green shed and Burnside Cottage is the second cottage. Please park outside the blue gate to unload. The area around the house is common grazing and the sheep wonder around. If you are worried about them scratching your car there is a free car park outside the Columba Centre about 100 meters from the house. Please note that the majority of the road is single track with passing places. The Mull road code is to allow cars close behind to overtake at passing places, please remember not everyone is on holiday and there are people such as doctors, vets etc who may need to be travelling to an emergency in a hurry.

Getting to Mull

By car:

From Southern Scotland and England (Oban to Craignure Calmac ferry) Go to Glasgow, from there take the A82 Loch Lomond Road through Crianlarich turning left to Tyndrum. On exiting Tyndrum, fork left onto the A85 through Dalmally, Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Connel to Oban. From Glasgow this journey is nearly 100 miles and takes approximately 2 hours but it can take longer in the busier summer months. From Edinburgh (Oban to Craignure Calmac ferry) Go to Stirling, leave the M9 at junction 10, then at Craigforth Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A84. Travel through Callender to Crainlarich A85 and then onto Tyndrum. On exiting Tyndrum, fork left onto the A85 through Dalmally, Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Connel to Oban. From Edinburgh this journey is about 135 miles and takes about 4 and a half hours but can take longer in the busier summer months. From Inverness and the North (Corran ferry/Lochaline to Fishnish ferry) Go to Inverness, from there take the A82 to Fort William. Travel through Fort William continuing on the A82 signposted Crianlarich, Oban. Approximately 8 miles south of Fort William turn right at the Corran Ferry at Nether Lochaber. From Inverness to the Corran ferry is about 75 miles.

By ferry:

Oban  to Craignure This ferry service is roughly every two hours during the day and the journey takes about 45minutes. The MV Isle of Mull is one of the Caledonian Macbrayne fleet and is the designated ferry for this journey. This large ferry has capacity for 962 passenger and 70 cars and has various facilities including a restaurant, bar, shop and indoor and outdoor seating. This is a relaxing way to take in the some of the breathtaking scenery on route. It is best to book this ferry as it can be very busy in the summer period. Please be aware that if you have booked this ferry you need to arrive at least half an hour prior to departure. Craignure is 37 miles from Burnside Cottage, Fionnphort. Oban to Craignure Timetable Corran Ferry & Lochaline to Fishnish If travelling through or near the Fort William area then it is possible to travel to Mull by taking two ferry rides. The first is the Corran ferry, operated by Highland Council, and situated 9 miles south of Fort William at Nether Lochaber. This short 10 minute trip takes you across Loch Linnhe to the eastern slipway at Ardgour. The next ferry is at Lochaline 30 miles south west which can be reached by taking the A861 towards Strontian, then a mile before Strontian turn left onto the A884.  These are both single track roads with passing places so please leave plenty time, approx 45 minutes to an hour to get there. The Lochaline to Fishnish route takes about 25 minutes and you cannot pre book this route. Fishnish is located 4 miles north of Craignure, the main ferry terminal on Mull. Fishnish is 41 miles from Burnside Cottage, Fionnphort Kilchoan to Tobermory This is a good alternative for reaching Mull if travelling from Mallaig or Ardnamurchan. This small 35 minute ferry ride is not bookable, so you should try to arrive in good time. Tobermory is the main town on Mull which is famous for its colourful houses as well as being the location for the BBC’s children’s programme Balamory. Tobermory is nearly 60 miles from Burnside Cottage, Fionnphort. Kilchoan to Tobermory Calmac Home Page Calmac Timetables Phone number - 0800 066 5000

By train:

Calmac and Scotrail have arranged that two trains a day arrive and depart from Glasgow to Oban and visa versa which coincide with ferry departure and arrival times. Oban to Craignure Timetable

By bus:

It is possible to get to Oban by bus from most cities and airports. Once on Mull there is also a service by Bowmans coaches which meets each ferry. Buses for Oban: CityLink Buses from Craignure: Service 496 takes you from Craignure to Fionnphort and the stop is a couple of hundred meters from Burnside Cottage. Bowman Tours

By plane:

There are currently no scheduled flights to and from Mull. The nearest major airport being Glasgow, with links to buses and trains as outlined above and car hire is also available. There is, however, an unlicensed grass airstrip operated by Argyll & Bute Council at Glenforsa airfield which is for private plane owners and is situated on the north of the island, near Salen.

By seaplane:

Loch Lomond Seaplanes also have a service from Glasgow to Tobermory Glen Forsa Airfield