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We’ve changed the booking days

Now our weeks are from Saturday to Saturday - click to check out our updated availability calendarIf you’ve visited Beach House before you might have found the Friday changeovers a bit of a pain. That’s understandable as, usually, most people like to arrive and depart on the weekend.

Previously it was impossible for us to do the changeovers on a Saturday or Sunday. But as of now that’s all changed. If you were put off because of the Friday changeover, that’s now a thing of the past.

So if you liked the idea of our self catering former farmhouse but didn’t like the Friday to Friday week, it’s from Saturdays from now on. Just go check out our availability calendar and see for yourself.

Check out Mull Events on Facebook

I just came across this Facebook group for events being held on Mull. I’ve got links (at the bottom of the page) to other resources for various happenings on the Isle of Mull already, but this service has the added advantage of being shared via Facebook and Twitter.

Here's a new approach to getting hold of event information on the Isle of Mull -- crowd-sourced through Twitter and Facebook. Ideal for visitors with a Facebook or Twitter app on their phone.The main benefit of doing this is that, as a holiday visitor to Mull, it makes it very easy to sign up via your phone to either the Twitter stream or the Facebook wall using one the many apps out there for smartphones. This way you can have up-to-the-minute information on what’s going on where, during the next seven days. It’s a fantastic development as, whilst we have listings for events on Mull from other websites, as yet there has never been a single comprehensive place where you could (hopefully in time) find everything in one place.

This is the explainer I found on the Facebook group from Angust Stewart, “On the 18 December 2010 the U.K. had 28,935,380 Facebook users. It’s hoped that people understand the usefulness of posting a notice on the Isle of Mull Events Noticeboard. Both island residents and visitors can now receive, by computer or mobile phone, information about events taking place during the next 7 days. It is hoped that this can help to support and stimulate events on Mull. Events, however small, may have a better chance of finding their audience.

If you’re planning a visit to Mull it’s another handy way to keep abreast of what’s coming up during your stay.

Now, if only these events could be dropped into a public Google calendar… they’d just appear in my phone 🙂

Mull ‘Raptor Island’ says BBC’s Autumnwatch

No doubt, if you’re a fan of all things nature-related you probably caught last week’s episode of Autumnwatch on the BBC. Presenters Chris and Martin headed up to Mulll, ostensibly for the sea eagles, but it was actually quite a bit more than that. They also checked out the coastline and other interesting fauna dotted across Mull’s shoreline.

BBC Autumnwatch presenter Martin Hughes-Games hits paydirt on his search for Mull's wildlife. In this case he spots Otters.If you missed it, you have seven days to catch it on the BBC’s iPlayer service after it’s broadcast or, if you download the WMV file instead (under the Download button and click for Windows Media Player) you can view it up to 30 days after.

News to me, they mentioned that Pine Martens have been verified as back on the island and breeding, possibly sneaking back on Mull courtesy of a lorry and the CalMac ferry. Unfortunately badgers and foxes are totally absent on Mull, the presenters explaining that they were probably there until they were eradicated in the Victorian era. It’s odd that such recent events as what happened on the island during the Victorian era were never recorded for posterity.

An Otter caught by the BBC's Autumnwatch cameramen visiting the Isle of Mull, relaxing on top of the seaweed after perhaps one too many crab. Time to relax and digest.Presenter, Martin Hughes-Games explained why he felt Mull was such a good place to visit for Wildlife watching. “I can honestly say I haven’t see so much wildlife in such a short space of time ever,” adding, “Now is a really brilliant time to go up there and do wildlife watching. There are three reasons for that. One is the midges aren’t there. The other is there are less people so it’s much easier to get around and the third thing is that the days are much shorter and the animals have to pack in their lives into a much shorter space of time. So they’re more obvious. They’re feeding, they’re playing.”

So, if you thought a holiday on Mull was limited to the summer months… well think again. Certainly not if one of your reasons for visiting are to see the raptors like the eagle and hen harrier, plus many other birds, deer and otters.

Beach House Self Catering, Isle of Mull
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Isle of Mull makes top 10 wildlife destinations

Have you heard of Nick Stringer? No, me neither. But I know him now. An Emmy award-winning director and producer of wildlife documentaries, he’s penned an article which appeared earlier today for the Guardian newspaper (surely the best rag of a shoddy bunch these days), where he picks his top 10 wildlife destinations across the planet.

The Isle of Mull makes it onto this expert's top 10 wildlife destinations on the planet.So what spots, pray tell, do you think make it into his all time top 10 list? The Kalahari Desert? Check. The Danum Valley down Borneo way? Absolutely! Shark Bay in Australia? Of course. But tucked away in this shopping list of wildlife wonders is… you guessed it… Mull!

Actually he refers to Scotland’s west coast but specifically mentions the Isle of Mull as the jewel in the crown.

“The west coast of Scotland, and especially the Isle of Mull, is my little bit of heaven. Midges and rain aside, when the sun shines it’s unforgettable for its wilderness, its seascapes and some of the biggest seabird colonies in Europe. Spot white-tailed sea and golden eagles as well as basking sharks and seals. It is great for kayaking, but for my next trip I’d love to sail along the coast, between the isles and to St Kilda, a small island and a World Heritage Site. Its precipitous cliffs are the highest in the UK and home to more than half a million breeding seabirds.”

I’d dearly like to add St. Kilda to my own list of Scottish places visited. The best I managed was spending a couple of drink-fuelled days (or daze) within its namesake down under in Melbourne, Australia at the tail-end of my 20s. Now I’m happier being a tad more tee-total and holidaying in the relaxing surroundings of our own Beach House (when it’s not got some welcome self-catering guests staying of course).

Anyway, enough of the musings. The point here is that we’re often tempted to be a little down on the wonderful wildlife that surrounds us right on our doorstep, and what better door to open than one to the Scottish island that leads them all… Mull.

Sometimes it takes the objective eye of a non-islander to truly make you appreciate what you’ve got.

Beach House Self Catering, Isle of Mull
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