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 Oban. https://goo.gl/maps/L9Y68GpFSNzn63iF7 If, 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. Go to CalMac Ferries 
It is probably a good idea to visit Corryvreckanfirst as its on the way. Craignish Cruises 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.

7 minutes over Corryvreckan - 17Mb file
From Craignish Cruises it is a 45 minute/25 mile drive up to Oban and the (CalMac) ferry to the Isle of Mull. 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 there 30 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.
Oban to Craignure 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 Lighthouse.
We only just made this ferry!!!
  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 MacLean’s “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 mainland.

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.



The 880 acre Torosay Castle estate is now privately owned by a Swiss Charity and only the gardens are open to the public five times a year on the first Sunday in the month between May and September. 
Torosay Castle
  A very pleasant mile and half walk from the gatehouse at Craignure through “Fennella’s Woods on the Torosay Estate.


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.
In 2002 the BBC launched a childrens TV programe called Balamory. 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.  
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. www.duartcastle.com


Moy 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 and 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.

Moy to Carsaig From Lochbuie is it a rigorous 5 mile coastal walk or a 26 mile drive to Carsaig pier which will take you past the famous telephone box.

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 Argyll Arms 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.
Argyle Arms - Bunnessan Argyle Arms - web site

Don’t 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 - info@ikwig.co.uk

Updated 25th March 2021

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