Isle of Mull Accommodation

Cabin 1
 Isle of Mull Accommodation 

 Isle of Mull Accommodation can be as varied as Mull its self.  From Grand Hotels and  Large Houses to wild camping. We like to think our Log cabins are some where in the middle, and give the best of both worlds. Our Cabins have  privacy and the feeling of being hidden away in a forest. Surrounded by trees yet only a 5 minute walk in to the village.

Above Salen

Salen Bay

Salen Bay

Hart of Mull - Around Salen and Mull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you choose www.hartofmull.co.uk as Your Isle of Mull Accommodation. We find being in Salen you are central to the whole island. Have  easy access to the North, South, East and West you could say all roads lead to Salen

Mull Eagle Watch

Mull Eagle Watch

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around Mull

Around Mull

 

 

 

 

 

 

So why choose Hart of mull for your Isle of Mull Accommodation?  Its not just  about location location location. You want a comfy cosy and clean place to come back to at the end of a long day.   You can now add our log heated barrel sauna to laze about in to Cabin 1 or 2 Subject to availability. All our cabins have a BBQ and covered veranda, so what ever the weather is doing you can have shade and shelter while just relaxing your day away.

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Cabin 1

Sauna

lomalle skotlantin

lomalle skotlantin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you like watching birds and butterflies?  Well because of the trees and wild flowers that are around the cabins we attract many, including Swallows. We like to watch the Swallows as they build their nests under the  overhang on the veranda.  They are a joy to sit and watch as they busy themselves  building their nest and having their young, to seeing the babies take their first flight. Plenty of photo opportunities.

White Tailed Eagle, Isle of Mull

Isle of Mull Driest in UK

flowers

Isle of Mull Accommodation

Isle of Mull Accommodation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Since we built cabin 1 in 2006 and cabin 2 in 2009,  we have been planting trees and shrubs around both cabins and are now seeing the benefits.

Sun Rise

Sun Rise

Isle of Mull Driest in UK

Isle of Mull Driest in UK

Isle of Mull Driest in UK

fantastic sun sets on Isle of Mull

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was looking at Google maps and looked at how  the cabins looked to be set just in a field and could not believe the difference we have made to the area with all the planting, how in less than 10 years it has changed.

 

cabin 1 Isle of Mull Accommodation

cabin 1 Isle of Mull Accommodation

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the cabin is hidden now by the trees.

 

 

Northern lights or Aurora Borealis

Northern lights or Aurora Borealis
 Northern lights or Aurora Borealis 
Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, a fantastic sight to see.  We are lucky enough to have seen a fantastic display and I am so looking forwards to my next time. unfortunately they can not be guaranteed at any time. But I will be out again tonight just in case. So please come back and check for more photos. When you come to Mull don’t be upset if you don’t get to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis as there are plenty more fantastic thing to see and do on Mull.

Hope you enjoy the gallery of Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis. We had a fantastic time out watching such a spectacular display, and hoping for an other very soon. Where to go to observe the aurora: Because the aurora is trapped on the magnetic field lines, it is most often seen near the north and south poles of Earth. Because of the structure of the magnetosphere, and the primary acceleration processes in the tail part of the magnetosphere (away from the sun), aurora form a ring or oval around each of the poles of Earth and are brightest and most dramatic near midnight. The auroral ovals are not centered on the geographic pole but are centered on the magnetic pole of Earth. On nights where there is little geomagnetic activity and the aurora is quiet, it stays further poleward. But when activity picks up, it becomes brighter and the auroral oval expands towards the equator. During very large events, it is possible to see the aurora in the continental US. and is often seen here on Mull, but not always as spectacular as last night

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Aurora

Aurora at Hart of Mull Log Cabins

 

 Aurora or Northern Lights 

 Aurora or Northern Lights Last night Feb 27th 2014 was just Amazing.

Aurora at Hartofmull Log Cabins

Words just can not describe the feeling of seeing such a beautiful natural phenomenon, and out side your own house.

Aurora at Hart of Mull Log Cabins

The night started off as normal sitting down to watch TV when our Daughter spotted on www.aurora-service.eu/aurora-forecast/ and  http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/ that the aurora was to be good, and as it was a clear night things where looking good.

Aurora at Hart of Mull Log Cabins

So off she went with camera in Hand to see if she might get something. The images will stay with me for a life time it was just fantastic.  All the images on this blog are taken around our cabins here at Hart of Mull Log Cabins.

Aurora at Hart of Mull Log Cabins

I was so glad I ventured out in to the cold. If you ever get the chance to visit Mull or anywhere in the world that has no or little light pollution check the links above to see if there is the chance to see Northern Lights . I think If more street light are turned off more people would see the fantastic displays of Northern lights as its light pollution stopping most from seeing them.  

Aurora at Hart of Mull Log Cabins

Although aurora can not be guarantied on a visit to Mull as they are a natural  phenomenon, the Western Isles of Scotland gets more than its fair share of displays and the ones last night were particularly good.   

Aurora at Hart of Mull Log Cabins

I would like to thank Amy Mellor for taking all these fantastic photos, and I hope you enjoy looking at the photos of the Aurora or Northern Lights. If you would like to leave a comment below please do so.

 

Aurora at Hart of Mull Log Cabins

 

 

Visitor reviews Isle of Mull

visitor reviews Isle of Mull
 Visitor Reviews Isle of Mull 

Welcome to our Visitor reviews Isle of Mull. I hope you find Our Guests comments useful, Not only for our Cabins but for places to visit when you are here on your Holiday. We have many comments in our Visitor books from both cabin 1 & 2 these are a few from Cabin 2 Visitor reviews Isle of Mull.

Cabin 2 was first let in 2009 and our first guests Linda and Paul left this comment : Cabin cosy and warm as promised. Mull is magnificent. Highlights the magical puffins – not to be missed. After this first comment in our Visitor reviews Isle of Mull the guests all followed with good comment here are a few.

* Cabin is cheerful, cosy and comfortable -good for chilling out. Would love to come back.

Hart of Mull Cabin Two

*Amazing holiday, loved the cabin, Can not wait to come back! Recommend a trip to Tobermory Harbour and be patient and you will see the otter -jaw droppingly good fun!!

Visitor reviews Isle of Mull

*Cabin a real treat, Mull is great.

visitor reviews Isle of Mull

*loved the cabin! Mull is Beautiful. trip to Staffa amazing- go with www.turusmara.com. Beaches at Calgary bay and Iona are Beautiful. We saw Sea eagles while cycling in Glen Frisa. Food at Café Fish in Tobermory is superb.

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* Cabin cute, cosy and warm what ever the weather. Came for the wildlife and haven’t been disappointed: the puffins of Lunga & Staffa , the Eagles, Otters, Seals, etc.. etc..

visitor reviews Isle of Mull

*We have had a wonderful time in your log cabin and on this beautiful Island of Mull. Thank you very much.

Mull and Iona

*Cabin is Fantastic! Immaculate and well looked after. Mull is great place to visit and we’ll tell our friends all about it! Hope to come back soon.

visitor reviews Isle of Mull

* Delightful cabin, very comfortable, peaceful surroundings. Very hospitable community. plenty of activities.

Hart of Mull Cabin Two

* Thank you for the log cabin-it is really super, warm & cosy. We have done 300 miles this week – includes very late breakfast-we saw deer (male & female) eagles, seals, and a wild cat by the Aros river. Our daughter caught her first fish and enjoyed horse riding and Calgary beach.

visitor reviews Isle of mull

* Magical Mull. Never been before-but will be back. Log Cabin lovely, Island is too. Done some Great walks, been on boat trips from Fionnphort and saw Minke Whale, grey seals and porpoises The Gardens at Torosay are lovely and Duart castle is worth seeing as well. Fantastic Holiday

visitor reviews Isle of Mull

* we have children leave comments as well.

Visitor reviews Isle of Mull

From the first comment in the visitor reviews Isle of Mull to the Last from Ash and Sophie: lovely warm lodge in a great central location to explore Mull. We liked the location/setting of the lodge.

Thank you for reading my blog please feel free leave a comment below or contact us via the contact form opposite we would love to hear from you. You can also like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/hartofmulllogcabins 

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Mull and Iona

Hart of Mull - Around Salen and Mull
 Mull and Iona 

Mull and Iona a truly magical place to relax and unwind. Mull the ancient Malios of Ptolemy is the third largest of the Hebridean Islands. In total we have 225,000 acres, some say its about 24 miles from north to south and 26 miles from east to west and at one point only 2 miles, and  with 300 miles of coast line and only about 140 miles of roads  you can see that there is a lot of coast line unspoilt and quiet to explore.

Mull and Iona

Mull and Iona Mull and Iona

If you are lucky enough to visit Mull and Iona a few things you will need. 1 a camera to take photos of all the special moment you will have here 2 a good pair of binoculars and 3 a good map of Mull and Iona with all the walks and tracks, so you can get off the road and in to the heart of Mull to see it at its best. If you are unsure or don’t want to go it alone you can book a guided walking tour with http://www.mullmagic.com

Winter breaks on Mull Mull and Iona

Winter breaks on Mull and Iona

Don’t worry if you are not a walker there are plenty of photo opportunities from the side of the road. With a spectacular view around every corner and plenty of wild life waiting to have its photo taken.

Mull and Iona

Mull and Iona

Mull and Iona

Mull and Iona

 Central Mull where we are based is a spectacular region of high jutting mountains and deep glens associated with the volcanic centre at the head of loch Ba. Ben More being the larges at over 3.000ft.Gribun on the south side of loch na Keal, is a specially interesting area for any geologists out there because along the shore and exposed in the lower cliffs there are outcrops of sedimentary rocks some of them have fossils. This unusual formation was exposed through some uplift in the coastal zone during volcanic action.

Mull and Iona

Mull and Iona

Iona off the bottom of Mull and reached by a small ferry from Fionnphort is some 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide and 332ft at its highest is well worth a visit while on Mull. Iona the island of St Columba and the Iona Abby has a long history and plenty of traditions.

Mull and Iona

Mull and Iona

Both Mull and Iona have plenty to see and do, from ruined castles like Aros  Castle, overlooking Aros bay near Salen to Glengorm Castle,  a Private residence  and  B & B 5 miles from Tobermory. The Islands of Ulva  or Staffa can be got to by small boats and tour guides and local ferry’s . We have Trout and Salmon fishing, sea angling, Golf, Pony trekking,  Bird Watching, Clay pigeon shoots, Yachting, Walking, and many more. The tourist information centre can help on 01680 812377. If you have liked what you have read and would like to visit mull please check out www.hartofmull.co.uk  or our availability page http://hartofmull.co.uk/availability-for-self-catering-on-the-isle-of-mull-2014/ More information can be found in the tour guide by P.A. Macnab  Mull and Iona the perfect tour guide for visiting Mull and Iona.

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

Glamping on the Isle of Mull
 Glamping on the Isle of Mull 

 Glamping on the Isle of Mull. Our story so far.

We hope Glamping on the Isle of Mull will be as popular as our self catering log cabins. We imported Kelo wood from the forests of Finland and Russia  and began the build of our Camping Cabin and Sauna Cabin. Getting the heavy logs from the side of the road down to the field behind our house was a long and heavy process, as the kelo logs are a dense heavy wood, but with help from friends we managed and the build began.

 

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We started with firm foundations luckily the peat was not too deep at this point, and the Cabins soon went up. All the logs had been pre cut and numbered and fastened in place with square pegs in to round holes.

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

The weather was good to us and we managed to get the roof and floors done along with the doors and windows. Our Glamping on the Isle of Mull was on its way.

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

Next came the stoves for both cabins. The Harvia log burning  Sauna stove came from Finland and soon manages to warm up the Sauna to heat in excess of 70 degrees and when water is put on the stones  it feels hot, so the cold plunge pool out side is a blessing to cool down.

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

The log burning stove in the Camping Cabin will be used for both heating the cabin and for cooking. We are also getting a fire pit out side for cooking alfresco or for just sitting around the camp fire. The cabin will have no electricity so you will need candles for light, and  along with the flickering log burning stove a truly romantic back to nature feel. A cosy camping holiday with the luxury of your own little log cabin and sauna cabin for the most relaxing holiday you have ever wanted, You may never want to go back to the hustle and bustle of life again.

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

Water will be from an out side tap.

We then started on the out side composting toilet. This is in a separate shed to the rear of the cabin, And has a very comfy polystyrene seat as used in Finland. When we was on a holiday to Finland we stayed in a cabin with a composting toilet, and I was quite surprised to see how clean and not at all like I imagined the composting toilet was, and if I can say a lot less smelly than a flushing toilet. You do feel to be at one with nature when you are at the  camping cabin.

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

When I went to take the photos this morning I got this one of 4 deer sat in the next field, It was only taken on my phone so could not focus in but they are there if you look close.

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

Glamping on the Isle of Mull

We then started on the ground work and got 20 tones of Sand and gravel to lay for the paths and out side seating area where the fire pit will be. And that is where we are at the moment. We will take more photos as we get on with the ground work and when we build the fire pit. if you would like to book to stay in our back to basics Camping cabin or as it is said now Glamping on the Isle of Mull in 2014 please contact us by e-mail for availability or any questions you may have www.hartofmull.co.uk for availability and price please click this link. http://hartofmull.co.uk/availability-for-self-catering-on-the-isle-of-mull-2014/

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The Milky Way and Aurora

Milky Way from Hart of Mull Self catering log Cabins Isle of Mull
 The Milky way and Aurora 

The Milky Way and Aurora or the Northern Lights. As you can see from the Photo above the milky way is quite spectacular. The photo was taken in early October 2013 by  http://sjportlockphotography.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Milky Way and aurora

Milky Way from Hart of Mull Self Catering Log Cabins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Milky way and Aurora or  the Northern Lights can be seen on a clear evening in the dark winter months.  But as they are both natural conditions they can not be guaranteed . I think that sat out side on a dark winters night surrounded by darkness, the millions of stars, the odd bat and owl flying around and the sound of the deer ruts in the distance is quite romantic. And if you book our log cabin 1 you can watch all of this while sat in a Barrel Hot tub.

Milky Way from Hart of Mull Self catering log Cabins Isle of Mull

Aurora

The Milky way and Aurora

red deer

It is easier than you think to see Aurora borealis or northern lights in the Uk. All you need is a dark place a clear sky and good timing. We have the dark place, clear sky’s and good timing we can not guarantee  http://helios.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/ this link might be able to help with the timing.

Milky Way and Aurora from Hart of Mull Self catering log Cabins Isle of Mull

Dark Starry Sky

If you are unlucky when you come to Mull and don’t see the Milky Way and Aurora, don’t worry there are plenty more spectacular sight to see.  Mull has beauty around every corner from sun sets to sun rises snow covered mountains to cloud covered mountains white sandy beaches to rock coves. From January through to December there is always some thing of beauty to behold on the Fantastic Isle of Mull.

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Winter breaks on Mull

Winter breaks on Mull

 

Winter breaks on Mull. If you are looking for winter breaks on Mull our log cabins are perfect, They are cosy in side with thick insolation and heaters in all rooms and the cabins are made using dense  wood from Finland,  Cabin 1 0r Cabin 2 having the use of  a Sauna Subject to availability on booking. All cabins have a covered veranda so what ever the weather you can sit out side relaxing with a glass of wine, and on clear nights  looking up in to the mass of stars and the occasional aurora, as there is little light pollution here on Mull the starry nights can be fantastic.

Winter breaks on Mull

Winter breaks on Mull

Nature is just as special in the winter months as it is in the summer, there is the rutting season and as the island is quieter the wild life come out to play. The autumn colours and the winter sky’s and low cloud on the snow toped mountains a delight to see

Winter breaks on Mull

Winter breaks on Mull

We can accommodate whole or part weeks over the winter months and with all our cabins 1,2 and Camping cabin we can take up to 10 people+2 children So if you are thinking of getting away on your own or as a family but need the space of  3 separate log cabins look no further. Christmas and New year can be special so why not make it even more so and book a week or two away on the tranquil Isle of Mull. We look forwards to hearing from you about a winter break on Mull or at any time of the year we are always open www.hartofmull.co.uk

Driving on Single Track Roads

Mull and Iona

Driving on Single Track Roads. Single-track roads. These are only wide enough for one vehicle. They may have special passing places. If you see a vehicle coming towards you, or the driver behind wants to overtake, pull into a passing place on your left, or wait opposite a passing place on your right. Give way to vehicles coming uphill whenever you can. If necessary, reverse until you reach a passing place to let the other vehicle pass. Slow down when passing pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

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Driving on Single Track Roads

Driving on Single Track Roads

Do not park in passing places.

Driving on Single Track Roads

Driving on Single Track Roads

Driving on Mulls single track roads can be very different to driving in a city. you have to be aware of deer and sheep and some time a cow or two walking in to the road. Most of all you have to be aware of cars coming towards you and catching up with you from behind so please keep checking you mirrors.  In a city or on a normal road you don’t have to pay much attention to the car behind as they take care of there self and pass you when it is safe to do so, but when driving on a single track road they can only pass you when you pull in to a passing place and let them go .On mull we have retained fire fighters who when called out have to drive in their own cars to the fire station as fast as they can but if they catch up with a person driving slow that will not let them pass means they don’t make the fire station and this could result in a death. Or it could be a doctor trying to get to a call out. So please be a thought full driver when driving on a Single track road and let the person from behind past you as soon as you can, some one life might be in your hands. Enjoy your holiday and the views and let the faster car go by Thank you for taking the time to read my Safety while driving on single track roads.www.hartofmull.co.uk

History of the Isle of Mull

History of the Isle of Mull

History of the Isle of mull.

The History of the Isle of Mull is long and varied.Mull and its islands have been continually inhabited since just after the Ice Age. C. 6500 – 3500 BC. Mesolithic hunter-gatherers lived in caves such as Livingston’s cave on Ulva. C. 4000 – 2000 BC.  Neolithic farmers people lived here leaving behind burial cairns and stone axes. C. 2500 – 600 BC.

History of the Isle of Mull

History of the Isle of Mull

Bronze age ‘Beaker’ people lived on Mull, their burial cairns, cists, standing stones, stone circles, and corded beaker pottery and knife blades record their existence. C. 600 BC – c. AD 400 Iron Age people built forts, brochs, duns, and crannogs, numerous defensive settlements on these islands.

The early Christian period began in the 5th Century, with 563 noted for the arrival from Ireland of St Columba.

Viking times started in 795 when Iona was first sacked, raids continuing for several centuries. Vikings eventually became settlers in the isles. The Middle Ages saw the construction of castles such as Moy and Duart, and chapels such as Pennygown. The clans were, Maclean, MacLaine, MacKinnon, Macquarie, and MacDonald. During the 17th to 19th centuries, clan chiefs and other lairds built ‘big’ houses, whilst the majority of islanders lived in tiny black houses in small townships, occupying shielings in the summer months.

History of the Isle of Mull

History of the Isle of Mull

In 1788 Tobermory was built by the British Fisheries Society, as a planned settlement. Over the centuries Mull’s population increased to over 10,000 in 1831 but first the Potato Famine and then the Clearances rapidly reduced this number. By the 20th Century much of the population had emigrated and there were more sheep on Mull than people.

History of the Isle of Mull

History of the Isle of Mull

Today Mull and its neighbouring islands have a population of nearly 3000. Farming, fishing and forestry used to be the economic mainstays of the island, but increasingly today, tourism is responsible for much of the island economy.

Many of the population are Macleans, MacLaines, MacKinnons, Macquarries and MacDonalds, descendants of Mull’s ancient clans and people from all over the world come to see where there ancestors came from, and I think most will agree its a wonderful place . Over the years Scots from almost every other clan have moved to Mull, as well as others, and so the population today is a mixture of true ‘Muileach’ and ‘incomers ’from all over the world who all agree that Mull!is a fantastic place to live and holiday. So if you want to part of the history of the Isle of Mull visit www.hartofmull.co.uk and start your holiday history.

 

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