If you’re a regular reader of Edits Of Jo then you’ll know that a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend some time exploring the beautiful Isle of Mull. (I’ve written a blog post on things to do in Oban here and planning your trip to Mull here). With the weather being GLORIOUSLY sunny (who would have though it eh?) we managed to tick off all the spots we wanted to visit on the island.
As we stayed in Calgary, this was one of the first places we chose to explore. Calgary is a hamlet on the north west coast of Mull, Scotland. It’s around 30 minutes from one of Scotland’s most famous towns, Tobermory which inspired the popular children’s program Balamory. Calgary is in the heart of the countryside and a great place for spotting wildlife, including otters!
Have a picnic on Calgary Beach
Just a stone’s throw away from where we were staying is Calgary Beach. With it’s beautiful white sands and crystal clear blue seas, it makes a lovely spot for a picnic or sunset walk. There’s a campsite just behind the beach with facilities so if you’re into camping, Calgary is a great option!
Visit Calgary’s Art in Nature
Calgary Art in Nature is a beautiful combination of natural (and man-made) woodland combined with stunning sculptures. It’s a lovely romantic retreat for couples but also would be a lovely place to take small children with the zip-wire and willow tunnel.
Conveniently there’s a cafe right next door to it so you can pop in for a cup of tea and piece of cake after a walk through the woodlands. It’s free of charge and well worth a visit!
Treat yourself to an ice-cream in the world’s loveliest ice-cream hut
Just up from Calgary Beach and at the end of Calgary Art in Nature Walk is this lovely ice-cream shop, selling home-made ice-cream at very reasonable prices. It’s generally only open for a couple of hours each day (12-4pm) so be sure to time your visit carefully! Walk down to the beach and enjoy your ice-cream in the peace and quiet of Calgary Bay.
Venture down the road to Dervaig
Not far from Calgary is the hugely picturesque village of Dervaig. It dates right back to Viking times and is a great spot for wildlife enthusiasts! If you’re interested in learning a little more about the history and traditions of Mull then be sure to visit the Old Byre Heritage Centre. It’s also well worth checking out the picturesque church, with its gorgeous pencil steeple and beautiful stained-glass windows by Stephen Adam.
Support a little local business
There are so many lovely honesty shops around Mull! We bought some jam and marmalade from an honesty shop on the drive to Dervaig. We are yet to sample it but it looks delicious and there’s something so wonderful about supporting local businesses – no matter how small! Be sure to carry some change with you so you can treat yourself to something nice as you travel around the island and in Pip’s words, be able to keep spreading the love.