Location

Where we are

Quick links: Getting to TreshnishDirections by CarAccess / The Farm Track

It is all about Location – and we think the Treshnish and Haunn Cottages location is pretty special! The cottages are in a rural area of outstanding natural beauty, abundant with wildlife, near the glorious Calgary beach on the Isle of Mull.

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Map of North West Mull showing the roads between Salen and Treshnish Point.

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Directions by Car +

Craignure or Fishnish – Salen – Glenaros – Dervaig – Calgary – Treshnish. Turn right when reaching the main road once you get off either Fishnish or Craignure ferry signposted for Tobermory.Drive north through the village of Salen.

2 miles north of Salen at Aros Bridge, turn left at the signpost for Dervaig and Calgary Art in Nature.  This takes you for about 10 miles along an unmarked road through Glen Aros and Glen Bellart to Dervaig and the sea loch, Loch Cuin.

At the t junction, turn left towards Calgary.  Calgary is a small collection of scattered houses and cottages with a seasonal tearoom (serving teas, coffees and light lunches), Calgary Art In Nature (sculpture trail and gallery), and The Beach of course!
Drive past the beach.  The headland you can see out on the left (south) side of the Bay is Treshnish Point.  This is where you are heading.

After approximately 2.5 miles you will see a track on your right with a signpost saying Treshnish Farm and Treshnish and Haunn Cottages.  This is where you turn. A farm track brings you off the main road, past our neighbours fields, and over the Ensay Burn – you are now on Treshnish Farm!

Getting to Mull (public transport) +

Trains run from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban (3 hours), and buses from Buchanan Street Bus Station (Glasgow) as well as from Edinburgh and Perth.For Timetables for train and bus provided by Argyll and Bute Council click here.Alternatively there is a sleeper train from London to Glasgow or Fort William.  The Fort William sleeper is a great way to travel.  There are 2 departure times from Euston and the earlier one (around 8pm?) means you really feel you are travelling!  Time on the journey to settle in!    When it leaves London this train is apparently the longest train in the UK – it stretches up the platform as far as the eye can see, and inevitably the Fort William section always seems to be at the far end. There is an observation lounge on board where you can have your breakfast whilst looking at breathtaking views of Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe and then you arrive in Fort William at about 10am.

There are places to hire a car in Fort William or there are buses to Lochaline from Fort William.

Driving to Oban or Lochaline +

Allow 3 hours from Glasgow to Oban, 3 and half from Edinburgh by car.For Lochaline, we always allow an extra hour and half on the Oban journey times.You have to catch the small continuous ferry service across Loch Linnhe and this can delay you if you just miss one and have to wait for the next.  But it is a lovely way to arrive in the Highlands, as the scenery is outstanding and you can always stop for a breathe of fresh air at the eco-friendly Glen Coe Visitor Centre near Ballachulish, which is cleverly sited in a glade of trees, designed by Gaia Architects and heated with wood-chip – just as the Treshnish Cottages are.

Ferry information +

For ferry information and bookings click here.
Journey times: Oban to Craignure takes 40 minutes. Lochaline to Fishnish takes 20 minutes.  Kilchoan to Tobermory about 35 minutes.Lochaline – Fishnish is the cheapest way of crossing to Mull.  (2012: A single car ticket is about £13.65, a single driver/passenger ticket £3.10 + an additional £6.70 per car, each way on Corran Ferry which you have to cross to Ardgour en route for Lochaline)It is advisable to book the busier, longer Oban crossing.  The other 2 crossings are on a first come, first served basis.

Getting to Treshnish by bus +

We are often asked whether it is possible to holiday on Mull, and more specifically at Treshnish, without a car.  Our response is that Yes it is but it also depends what you want to do during your holiday.

It is certainly possible (and easy) to get to Mull by public transport without a car, and some of our guests do just that.  The summer of 2015 saw the start of a new bus service which runs from Salen to Calgary, via Ulva Ferry and Treshnish! It runs on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and is timed to run so that you can catch a bus to the ferry from Salen.  You have to pre-book your seat, by 4pm the day before as the bus will not run if no one has booked a seat.  It is a community run bus service. In the summer it also runs on a Sunday which means you can go to Ulva for lunch without taking the car! For more information please look at the Ulva Ferry Community Bus website.  The twice daily bus from Tobermory to Calgary is also useful, it is a lovely 3 mile walk along the single track road to Calgary from here.

We have had lots of people staying without a car.  One guest spent a month here one winter without a car, and loved the walks to and from the bus stop, sometimes using a bicycle if there was shopping to carry.  Just as we have had lots of guests at other times who arrive by car at the beginning of the week but don’t use it again until they leave at the end – as they are happy to walk everywhere.    It all depends on your individual attitude and what you want to do with your time!

We have a couple of spare bikes and we are happy to lend these to anyone without a car.  Lots of our guests cycle on the island but some comment that the island is certainly not flat!

Please do talk to us if you have more questions about car-less holidays here.

Electric car charge point at Treshnish +

We now have an electric car charging point at Treshnish. It is one of a growing network of charging points around the island, making it far more practical and possible to bring your electric car on holiday. The Mull and Iona Community Trust are currently (excuse the pun) working on a sustainable transport project, which aims to inform and support greener transport choices on the islands, including a car club and electric car hire.

Public transport on Mull +

Buses run from Craignure to Tobermory where there is a twice daily (not Sundays) bus which stops at Calgary – three miles from Treshnish. For all bus services on Mull see the Argyll & Bute Area Transport Guides for timetables – click here.

Access

Our cottages are situated on a working farm, and access is along our uneven, rough farm track. We try to keep the track in a suitable condition for ordinary cars – which the majority of our guests drive. It can be bumpy, with potholes in places, so it is better to take it slowly. The track is maintained less often out of season, because of the likelihood of increased weathering.Driving too fast damages the surface of the track, so we respectively ask that everyone slows down and drives not faster than 10mph.If you have a car with low ground clearance and are concerned the track may not be suitable, please get in touch and we will gladly try to advise you.

Nearest Airport

The nearest airport is Glasgow.

Taxi

A taxi service from and to the ferry is available but needs to be pre-booked, please contact us for details of taxi operators on the island.

Car Hire

You can hire a car from Mackay’s Garage in Tobermory – a 45 minute  drive to/from Treshnish.   Book before you get here though!    You can get a bus from the ferry to Tobermory.

Bike and Electric Bike Hire

Mull Electric Bikes, Dervaig. You can charge your electric bike free of charge here, using renewable energy – how good is that?!
You can borrow our spare bikes or if you want something more professional, On Yer Bike in Salen is the place to go!  01680 300501.