Stunning scenery and wildlife, beaches, gardens and cliffs.
The Isle of Mull and the area around Torloisk Estate has so much to offer visitors.
Simply put on your walking boots, pick up your binoculars and camera and enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife around you. Or head to the beach for a picnic and a swim.
Treshnish Peninsula & Whisky Cave
An 11km circular walk north of Torloisk over rough ground. Pass the derelict 17th Century black house village of Reudle, take time to enjoy the cliff views out to the Treshnish Isles (and Tiree and Coll beyond) and look out for a host of seabirds and quite possibly golden or white-tailed eagles. Be sure to take your binoculars! At low tide, descend to the shore to search for the well-hidden Whisky Cave - the site of an illicit still back in the day.
Isle of Ulva
Take the short boat crossing from Ulva Ferry to explore the islands of Ulva and Gometra on foot, leaving time for a bite to eat at the Boathouse Restaurant (seasonal opening).
Iron Age Broch
From the road at Ballygowan (near Normann's Ruh), walk to Dun nan Gall, the iron age broch on the Torloisk Estate. This still-impressive circular dry-stone wall structure is well worth the short walk. Take in the bay, pier and ruined blackhouses nearby too. It's a magical spot with wonderful views out to sea and Ulva.
Wildlife Boat Tours
Leaving from Ulva Ferry, Turus Mara run wildlife boat tours to the isle of Staffa and Treshnish Isles. You will likely spot puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars and at times dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks.
Black Beach - Tràigh na Cille
Follow the short track from close by Torloisk, through deciduous woodland and open grazing land, to a bay of fine grey and black volcanic sand with stunning views across Loch Tuath to the islands of Ulva and Gometra. Often deserted, it's the perfect spot for a picnic and a swim.
North of Torloisk is the stunning Calgary Bay - a popular spot for a beach walk or swim. For a longer walk, take the track to the north of the beach to the 18th century ruins of Inivea township. Explore Calgary Art in Nature's woodland walk - plus the Farmhouse Café and Gallery.
Also nearby - by the side of the main (and only!) road...
Lip na Cloiche gardens - an inspiring garden design, carved from the hillside, packed full of coastal-loving plants and "found" materials.
Eas Fors waterfall - stop and dip your toes in the cool waters as you enjoy the sea views.
The Henhouse - delicious home baking and light lunches just a few minutes down the road.
The Isle of Mull has so much to offer visitors - especially those who love walking, birdwatching and wildlife. A day out exploring further afield from Torloisk could include: a wander around Tobermory with its brightly painted shops, whisky distillery, cafes and pubs, a scenic drive through the Ross of Mull for a trip to the Isle of Iona, known as "the cradle of Christianity", or even a climb of the highest hill in the Hebrides outwith Skye - Ben More (966m/3169 feet).
Find Torloisk Estate
Torloisk Estate is located in the remote north west corner of the Isle of Mull, an island off the west coast of Scotland which is reached by ferry from the mainland. The Estate lies adjacent to the B8073 road, some 12 miles from Tobermory, the largest town on Mull.
By car, there are a number of routes you can take to get to the Isle of Mull. The most popular crossing to the island is from the Scottish mainland town of Oban, known as 'The Gateway to the Isles'. From Oban, you can catch the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Craignure, which takes 45 mins (vehicle reservations are recommended - see below for alternative ferry routes). From Craignure, Torloisk is a one hour drive across the island.
If you're coming from the east coast, Edinburgh, or the south, you'll need to travel on trains through Glasgow. There's a regular direct train from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Oban which takes just over 3 hours and connects with the ferry to Craignure on Mull. Onward travel to Torloisk from Craignure is possible by bus and taxi (see below).
Scottish Citylink coach services run from across Scotland to Oban, from where the ferry departs for Craignure on Mull. There is no bus service to Torloisk, but West Coast Motors operate a bus service between Craignure and Tobermory from where a number of taxi services are available to reach Torloisk, which is some 12 miles away.
There are no direct flights to the Isle of Mull. The nearest airport is Glasgow from where travellers must continue their journey via car hire, train or bus to Oban, where the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry leaves for Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Glasgow airport is approximately 2 hours drive from Oban; Edinburgh and Inverness airports are approximately 3 hours away.
The most direct ferry route to Mull is the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Oban to Craignure which takes 45 minutes. Vehicle reservations are recommended.
You can also reach Mull from Lochaline in Morvern to Fishnish and from Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula to Tobermory. No advance booking is necessary on these sailings.