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Dunvegan Cottage B & B

Dunvegan Cottage

PA72 6JL

TEL: 01680 300387
MOBILE: 0777 395 1401

Hi, my name is Linda Crossley and with my young son Innis I own and run Dunvegan Cottage, a B&B offering quality budget accommodation on the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland. Open all year Dunvegan Cottage is situated in the village of Salen, which is in a central location for access to the whole island. Dunvegan Cottage is an early Victorian granite house renovated during the winter of 2000/2001 with a large garden and terrace to the rear with sea views of Salen Bay towards the ruins of Aros Castle and up the Sound of Mull to the hills of Morvern. Graded 2 star by the Scottish Tourist Board.

I pride myself on having a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with no restrictive house rules except no smoking in the house.

I offer three options of accommodation and breakfast prices in two rooms, one has three single beds and is decorated and furnished in Victorian style and the other which has a double and a single is decorated more cottage style.  Both bedrooms have a feature Victorian fireplace uncovered during renovation.

Option one – Bed only £10.
Option two – Bed and cereal/toast breakfast £12.
Option three – Bed and full breakfast £15.

Children under 3yrs free, children 3 to 11yrs half price.

These prices are based on a minimum of two adults sharing a room.

Bathroom facilities are shared, there is a hairdryer available and there are clothes washing and drying facilities. There is full central heating from the Rayburn stove in the kitchen and an open fire in the sitting room for those cooler evenings when it’s just nice to sit by the fire and chat to other guests. There is a tea/coffee tray in each room although you can help yourself in the kitchen at any time. I have private parking and a shed for those who arrive on push bikes. There is a bike hire shop in the village for those who feel like leaving the car behind for a day or two or for those arriving by bus that would like to get around. There is also car hire available at Craignure and Tobermory. There is a petrol station at Salen also at Tobermory, Craignure and Fionnphort. Dunvegan Cottage is just 100yds off the road from the bus route that goes from the main ferry terminal at Craignure to Tobermory.

There are eating places in the village including the local pub, which serves bar meals and a coffee shop, which serves very good pizzas and a variety of other meals. I can recommend the pizzas and they also have good coffee. There are also two village shops and a post office. Salen Church has services every Sunday. There is also the doctor’s surgery close by and the dentist although there is a mobile unit the main surgery is at Tobermory.

At Salen is the Macquarie Mausoleum where lie the remains of Major-General Lachlan Macquarie who is known as ‘The Father of Australia’ who was born on Ulva and lived on Mull. Also at Salen are the ruins of Aros castle which once belonged to the Macdonald’s who were known as ‘Lords of the Isles’ and can be seen across Salen Bay from the rear of Dunvegan Cottage.

bluebell.jpg (81969 bytes)Salen has it’s own show down by Aros Bridge with horse/pony classes, highland cattle, sheep, children’s pets, fairground rides, food stalls, children’s activities, events for adults and even a demonstration of sculpting with a chainsaw. There is also a bluebell woods just outside Salen which is worth a visit when the bluebells are out in May.

The Isle of Mull is a very beautiful island with breathtaking scenery and lots of things to see and do. It always amazes me that lots of visitors come to Mull and stay just one night and consider themselves to have done the island.

There are beautiful beaches, caves, waterfalls, castles, standing stones, crannogs (ancient loch dwellings), fantastic walks including Ben More which is Mulls only munro at 3169 feet and whose scree slopes are the remnants of a volcano which exploded 60 million years ago. Wildlife safaris, fishing trips, boat trips to neighbouring islands such as Staffa for Fingals cave and the Treshnish isles for the sea birds and seals. Also, why not visit the Isle of Erraid that is accessible from Mull at low tide that was home to R.L. Stephenson and his family when he wrote Kidnapped. It is also said that Balfour bay on Erraid and the surrounding islands were the inspiration for Treasure Island.

Spend a day on Iona the birthplace of Christianity and visit the abbey, there is also a tearoom a very interesting book shop and more beautiful beaches.

Take a 2min-ferry ride to the island of Ulva and Gometra for the lovely walks and visit the tearoom before returning back to Mull. Visit Duart Castle at Craignure, seat of the MacLean clan, which houses much of the MacLean memorabilia, the story of the MacLean chiefs, staterooms and the dungeons.

Also at Craignure is Torosay Castle, which is a Victorian mansion built in 1858 and has twelve acres of fantastic ornamental gardens. The house is open to the public and well worth looking round. There is also a tearoom.

A miniature railway-unique on the islands-runs between the old pier at Craignure and Torosay Castle.

The main town of Tobermory is well known for the brightly painted buildings of its seafront. There are shops and restaurants. The Tobermory distillery has daily tours and the Isle of Mull museum is situated on the main street.

Tobermory has its Highland Games in July. Just outside Tobermory is Aros Park, which is owned by the forestry commission. There are walks and fishing and regular family activities arranged through out the spring and summer.

There are two golf courses on Mull, one at Tobermory and the other at Craignure.

This is just a selection of the variety of things to see and do on the island of Mull. I have leaflets and information at the house but l will not just hand you these and expect you to waste your valuable holiday time making the arrangements, l will do that for you. Any information I don’t have, I will make a point of finding out.

See Linda's article on Major General Lachlan Macquarie here



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