Glasgow is a good focal point to find on
a map. If driving, the M8 motorway goes right
through Glasgow. If flying, there is Glasgow
Airport and a car can be hired from there. If,
like Joan Webster, you are going by train
Glasgow's glass-roofed Buchanan Street but 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 but this
is a typical train time table >>>>
It is probably a good idea to visit
Corryvreckanfirst as its on the way. There are a
operators running boats trips out from Crinan 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 Crinan it is roughly an hour drive
up to Oban and the (Caly-Mac) ferry to the Isle
of Mull. Book well in advance and get there early
as I have been left on the quay for being 30
minutes late for the check-in. We were even lucky
to get on the next one.
It takes roughly 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.
DO NOT CROSS
OVER TO MULL WITHOUT FILLING UP FUEL TANK AT
Fuel is at least 20p per litre (£1.12/$ 1.68 per
gallon) more expensive than mainland Scotland/UK.
If you can find your way into Tescos in
Oban Petrol is about £1.19 per litre (£5.36 or
$8.03 per gallon) on Mull it will be £1.40 per
litre (£6.30 or $9.45 a gallon).
Just because you see a petrol station,
dont presume it will ever open. Or if it
does open, that it will actually have any fuel! I
pulled into the main Spar shop/petrol station at
Craignure and asked for petrol; the attendant
said he did not have any petrol until tomorrow...
but I could have some diesel........thanks!
If you are staying on Mull (and I
recommend you do) take at least one fuel can.
Also distances are deceiving; the slow twisting
roads will drastically reduce mpg.
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.
Torosay Castle is only 1 mile passed
Craignure on your left. There are three options
to getting to : Torosay is very interesting for a
number of reasons best discovered your selves.
There is a very pleasant Tea Room and gardens
plus a fine view of the next destination:
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
A narrow gauge railway from Craignure
known to UK parents of young children as the
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.
Leave Duart and turn left on the main
A849 and drive 4.5 miles south. There will be a
sign to the left for Lochbuie which is a further
8 mile drive over very twisty bumpy roads past
stunning scenery. At the shore line there will be
a tall pyrimid like 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 there is
noparking further on. Walk over a little stone
bridge and right through a five bar gate . You
will soon see the majestic sight of Moy castle.
From Lochbuie is it a rigorous 5 mile
coastal walk or a 25 mile drive to Carsaig pier
which will take you past the famous telephone
Carsaig House (Erraig House) is private
and not open to the public. The present owners
have no interest in IKWIG.
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-ON)
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 day - have some fun and spread it out over a week or two.