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Mull — The all-year holiday island

Contrary to received wisdom, it’s not always the case that the Isle of Mull is off limits in the winter months. It’s true that the weather gets a whole lot chillier as we move towards the end of the year. But, thanks to being in the path of the Gulf stream, the island is bathed in warmer waters which usually keeps the harsher cold, often endured by Scotland’s east coast, at bay.

Nigel Cole proves that the Isle of Mull is a holiday destination at any time of year.Proving this point was an up-to-the-minute blog I discovered this morning by Nigel Cole. He’s on Mull outside of what might traditionally be considered the holiday season, yet is enjoying some excellent weather… the proverbial Indian summer no doubt.

As he explains, “Today was magic. We had a dream combination of no wind, sunshine, blue skies and low volume of tourists.” He then recounts a day spent traversing the whole of Mull; from Tobermory, all the way to Iona and the Abbey, where he says, “After completing our tour of the Abbey we strolled back to the ferry for our return trip to Mull and then embarked on a return drive, this time along the west coast of Mull which proved very pleasant in the afternoon sunshine. The single track road with poor surface provided an additional dimension to the trip which, overall, proved quite exhilarating.”

This, I think, helps to confound those who would say that Mull is best enjoyed in the summer. It’s an all year round island that can offer an all-round experience. Just think twice, perhaps, about skinny-dipping in the sea at this time of year!

Ralph
Beach House, Isle of Mull Self-Catering
Twitter: mullescape

Waters off Mull may be first 1GW offshore windfarm

According to a BBC report, of the two strongest contenders for the UK’s first 1GW offshore windfarm, the Argyll Array just west of the Isle of Mull is one. The other could be Triton Knoll off the Lincolnshire coast.

When not on Mull we live on the other side of Scotland in East Lothian and Edinburgh. There we can see Cockenzie Power Station on the Forth coastline, powered by coal, whilst just a few miles down the A1 on the east coast you have Torness Nuclear Power Station, beyond Dunbar. Ironically however, the local issue causing most debate appears to be resistance from factions concerned about any more wind turbines being added on top of the Lammermuir hills.

It’s one of those challenging conundrums. Is it nimbyism? Perhaps. But at least the use of windfarms off shore not only gets to better and more consistent winds but, for people who think turbines are ugly or harm wildlife, it may be an option that only meets wind resistance and avoids the people kind!

The bigger logistical issue is how you then get this power to shore and transported to places that need it.

Still, it looks like Mull may come to be known for more than being a popular tourist and holiday destination and become a leader in the field of renewable energy.

That’s a good thing… isn’t it?

Ralph
Twitter: mullescape

CalMac’s Oban to Craignure ferry now a political football

It seems that one of the UK’s more colourful Union leaders, Bob Crow of the RMT, has waded in to the debate on potentially privatising or outsourcing some of Scotland’s ferry routes.


There’s been recent debate of the options open to the Scottish government when it comes to how critical links, such as the Oban to Mull run, can be maintained and even improved. But there is equal concern that any new approach, such as putting specific routes out to tender, doesn’t simply result in poorer service and higher prices.


It’s this outcome that would be the worst case scenario, causing harm to Island life and the economy on Mull and Iona, much of which benefits from its popularity as a tourist destination.


You can see a previous post on this issue and some comments here.

Ralph
Twitter: mullescape

St Columba’s Hospice group leaves kind comment

Many thanks to Chaplain Michael Paterson who took a group of his staff from St Columba’s Hospice up to Beach House for a bit of respite and a visit to Iona. He left some kind words on our reviews page on Google’s Maps service saying, “A group of staff from St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh came here to rest and recover from our labours and boy did we enjoy ourselves. The house is everything we could have hoped for: warm, well furnished, comfortable, well equipped and with breathtaking views across the loch. We really could not have asked for a better location for our needs. Highly recommended for anyone wanting away from it all!

Thanks Michael and I hope you’ll come stay again sometime.

Ralph

Twitter: mullescape

Some recent comments from past guests…

We’re always delighted when people who have enjoyed their stay at our home on Mull take the time and trouble to write a few words on Google’s reviews section. You can read the reviews page here, but below I’ve listed three recent entries.

“A truly stunning location. We came for peace and tranquility and found all that we could have wanted. We particularly enjoyed sitting at the table in the porch looking out over the loch. We wanted wildlife and walking and couldn’t fit it all in 2 weeks. The house was spacious, warm and comfortable and the log burner great for drying out our walking gear (weather not good but didn’t stop us doing anything). We would recommend this to anyone who wants to avoid the crowds and the trappings of tourism and we really hope to be back soon.‎”

Thanks Vicky.

“Words cannot describe how idyllic this house is. Mull itself is a wonderful island and what better a place in which to base yourself than Be’ach House. The kids loved building dens in the woods which adjoins the house. Can we come back…..please!‎”

You’re coming back aren’t you? Cheers 🙂

“Fantastic secluded location, but breathtaking views. Spent a 3 generation family holiday to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, and the cottage lacked nothing to make it memorable for us all. We’ve been visting Mull since 1982, and Beach must be the best self catering accommodation we have enjoyed. Great for wildlife.‎”

Much appreciated Roger. I hope we’ll see you again at Beach House.

Ralph
Twitter: mullescape

Memories of a great time at Beach will stay with us for a long time to come

Morag and John from Glasgow stayed at Beach House with their two kids and kindly said of their self-catering stay…

Memories of a great time at Beach will stay with us for a long time to come. The house has a perfect mix of modern amenities without losing its charm and character. Whether it’s for a relaxing get-together with friends, or bringing children to explore all of Mull’s family-friendly attractions and sites, the house couldn’t be better situated to get around the island. Highly recommended!

Thanks guys.

Ralph

Twitter: mullescape

Loved every minute

When Glenn and Hilary came to our self catering home with their kids, they also had to do a little work too. Fortunately we also have broadband anf WiFi at Beach House, so they were able to keep things ticking over whilst away from it all. As they explained in a kind comment on Google Maps reviews section, “What a superb place. We enjoyed some great weather and visited Iona, the abbey and Tobermory. Working for ourselves, it was really helpful being able to spend a week there and know that we could access email/web if there was a need.

We’ll definitely come back again.

Glenn & Hilary“.

We hope we’ll see you again.

Ralph

Twitter: mullescape

Unforgettable sea views across Loch Scridain to Ben More

I couldn’t get over the sea views from all the front windows of the house — absolutely amazing. It was really easy to get the wood-burning stove lit and into a full roaring fire, made the main sitting room so instantly cosy. I think we lit the fire every day of the vacation. I probably shouldn’t have been doing any work, but it was very handy to log on with my laptop and check my mail with the free WiFi connection at the house. Keep an eye out for the eagles! Would definitely come again.

Sheila M. McDonald, Boston, Massachusetts