Glasgow is a good focal point to find on
a map. If driving the M8 motorway goes right
past and through Glasgow. If flying, there is Glasgow
Airport and a car can be hired from there; it is 100 miles to
like Joan Webster, you are going by train
Glasgow's glass-roofed Buchanan Street Station is now
called Queen Street Station. There is a direct
line to Oban railway station where it terminates
at the ferry port. Check with Scot Rail and CalMac ferries for time tables.
It is probably a good idea to visit
Corryvreckanfirst as its on the way.
run boats trips out from Ardfern, by Lochgilphead, Argyle to
Corryvreckan. Try to pick a mid spring tide in
the winter. Alas my trip was not eventfull and a wave of almost 6"
with the tide at full flood frightened no one.
From Craignish Cruises it is a 45 minute/25 mile drive
up to Oban and the (CalMac) ferry to the Isle
https://goo.gl/maps/avMG8KnYqM7gNJeU8 Book well in advance and get there early
as I have been left on the quay more than once for not being
minutes before departurelate for the check-in. We were even lucky
to get on the next ferry 2 hours later and it was nearly full -
we were the last car on!!!. Due to government subsidy the ferry
fares have been reduced. In August 2018, two adults and a car
costs £41.50 for a return trip.
It takes 46 minutes to cross
over to mull, which is just enough time for a
surprisingly good full Scottish Breakfast on
board the ferry. On the right (starboard) side
there is a Green Island...and further on a small
On the port side (left) do not miss the
chance to see Duart Castle as the prominent
headland feature. Duart Castle is most impressive
and has been used in other films since IKWIG:
Alistair MacLeans When Eight Bells
Toll and more recently
Entrapment with Sean Connery and
Catherine Zeta-Jones. Duart Castle is the home to
the Clan Maclean.
Due to government subsidy
petrol and diesel maybe cheaper on Mull than it is on the
The ferry will land you at Craignure. If
you are staying at the Western Isles Hotel turn
right and drive the 22 mile to Tobermory.
880 acre Torosay Castle estate is now privately owned by a
Swiss Charity and only
are open to the public five times a year on the first Sunday in the month
between May and September.
A very pleasant mile and half walk from
the gatehouse at Craignure through
Fennellas Woods on the Torosay
Drive 1.3 miles south on A849 and turn
left into the Torosay Estate. Since Torrosay was sold a few
years ago onlt the gardens are open to the public on the first
Sunday of the Month.
Balamory In 2002 the BBC launched a childrens TV programe called
It ran for 254 episodes and based in Tobermory. Many shops took
the name Balamory like the Balamory Post Office and for
years the town was awash with children. In 2012 the BBC
cancelled Balamory. The Balamory Express (a narrow gauge railway)
which used to run from the ferry terminal at Craignure to
Toroasy Castle (Acknachroish in IKWIG)
also has gone as
the new owners did not wish to have the trains there. Everything was split up and shipped
to mainland Scotland.
CASTLE OF SORNE Duart Castle is nearly 2 miles from the
main A849. Going south take the first turning
left and follow the signposts. There is a lot to
see at Duart so allow plenty of time. No
photography allowed inside the castle.
Passing Duart on your left on the main A849 there will be a sign
to the left after 4.5 miles for Lochbuie. This is an 8-mile
undulating and twisting route. I caution to drive slowly and
carefully as there are many hazards including stroppy Sheep,
defiant Ducks and gutsy Geese as you pass stunning scenery. At
the shore line there will be a tall pyramid cairn.
Turn left and drive a few hundred yards
pasted the front of a chapel and there will be a
sign on you right "park cars here on
grass". Stop and park here as it private land after here
no parking any further on. Walk over a little stone
bridge and right through a five bar gate (Please shut the gate
after you). You
will soon see the majestic sight of Moy castle.
The iconic phone box has seen better days. The door is lost
and the phone does not work. British Telecom have been
trying to remove it for years as it cost more to maintain it
than it brings in revenue. So, when it brakes it take Professor
Robert Beverage to threaten them as it has a preservation order
on it. The Phone
number is +44 (0) 1681-704203 - why not give it a ring and see
if anyone answers. If they do it will give them a welcome
breather from walking up that hill.
Carsaig House (Erraig House) is private
and not open to the public.
Tenuous link this one as it is not in
IKWIG but Wendy Hiller stayed at the
in Bunessan (pronounced quickly as BUNN-IS-AN)
while filming at Carsaig. Michael Powell being
heavily involved with Pamela Brown staying at
Carsaig House (Erraig) at the time. We stayed
here for a few days in summer 2009. Very pleasant
and friendly staff.
Dont try and do all the above in
one or two days - have some fun and spread it out over a week or two
If you have any suggestions or info I have missed please let me know -