Visiting the Isle of Mull in Winter – Part II

There are many reasons why there is a visiting the Isle of Mull in Winter – part II post and that is because over the course of our one week stay there is so much to talk about.

Sunday mornings are what lie in’s are all about and I am not really one to stay in bed once I am awake, so half eight I’m up and ready to put a pot of coffee on. As I am doing this I hear the rumblings of a helicopter and I go over to the large picture window to investigate. Sure enough there it was flying quite low from the north of the island over the sound. The noise must have disturbed a local white tailed sea eagle because it came within about sixty metres of the cottage. At this point I am calling for the Dude to get out of bed to come and see the sea eagle “quick come and see, come and see.” We watched for about ten minutes until it flew off low around Fishnish Bay. What a start to the day and the coffee hasn’t even brewed yet!

Coastline from Fishnish Bay. Sun is shining


In previous years on Sundays during our visits to the island we have chosen to drive along Loch na Keal to Calgary Bay on the west coast and it is spectacular, this year was no exception. After packing up the car with binoculars, spotting scope, bird books, warm jackets, hats and a flask we set off. We didn’t get too far around the loch before we spotted an otter out on the rocks and we pulled over. Otter! We spent about thirty minutes watching this little beauty preening and enjoying the sunshine.

A large sea loch. Large rocks in the forground

The views across the loch (where we were the day before) were gorgeous. Mountains topped with snow and the sun burning through the low cloud. Really pretty. Definitely a different sight to the previous day and looking out to sea it was clear and still.

Snow capped mountains in the background and a sea loch in the foreground

The elevated approach gave us an amazing view in the bay. The light seemed softer and the colour of the water went from grey to green. The sky was lighter and the clouds were fluffy. I am not sure I can write with enough eloquence to paint this perfect picture you will have to do with a couple of photographs!

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I found it quite strange that there was not a soul on this beach even on a winters day but I am sure it gets it’s fair share of visitors later on in the year, so we enjoyed the picture postcard view and our own private beach – shared just with the oyster catchers. We also chose to sit out on the bench to have some coffee from the flask we had made up, warm our cockles after our walk along to the old pier and checking out some of the rock pools. Never too old to go rock pooling.

Back on the road and we head out to Dervaig, still scanning the sky, trees and hills for wildlife. As passenger it means I get to enjoy more of the view, I also have better eye sight for spotting things! The colours at this time of year are quite rich – yellow, orange, green, brown and purples all working to make the perfect landscape.

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After popping into Tobermory for some milk we get back out on the Salen road, most of which is single track road we see a single red deer still with his impressive antlers not far from the road. He looked rather majestic. Last spot of the day were the usual crew of seals at Salen, about fifteen or so.

Sea loch, a rock with seals on have way up the photo. Sun is shining

Another great day exploring the island and the weather was kind to us and we were able to stretch our legs along the beach and coastal path. I don’t think I could ever get bored here, as a photographer and a lover of wildlife there is always something happening. Now back the cottage¬†for a sauna, a glass of wine and to plan the next days adventures for visiting the Isle of Mull in Winter.


  1. mellissa williams February 5, 2016 at 16:41

    It looks a very quiet and unspoilt place. Really lovely views, I bet it is so peaceful there. Thanks for the post, I hadn’t thought about visiting here before.

    1. Melanie February 6, 2016 at 09:38

      As you might have gathered we love wildlife and the outdoors but there is so much more to the island than walking up hills. I can highly recommend it

  2. Kara February 6, 2016 at 07:37

    Oh my, it looks absolutley stunning. Somewhere I would love to visit but without children so I could just relax

    1. Melanie February 6, 2016 at 09:39

      Hahaha there is a spa on the island which would kick start any relaxing holiday. Pretty in winter, imagine what it’s like when the sun actually shines!

  3. Emma February 7, 2016 at 10:45

    what a beaautiful place, it is not a place I have visited but would love to experience some of that scenery.

    1. Melanie February 7, 2016 at 13:51

      It is very beautiful, even in Winter

  4. Lianne February 7, 2016 at 13:49

    Oh wow looks lovely, isnt that where they filmed Balamory?

    1. Melanie February 7, 2016 at 13:54

      Tobermory is on the Isle of Mull and yes this was the location for Balamory. I personally have never seen it but all the buildings are still all colourfully painted just like in the programme.

  5. Ickle Pickle February 7, 2016 at 22:36

    It looks so beautiful, peaceful and calm. I have never been to anywhere like this, I would love to visit. Kaz x

  6. Baby Isabella February 8, 2016 at 07:30

    What a magical place! The bay almost looks otherworldly. Very quiet and a little bit eerie. Must be great for the lungs to get out in the cold fresh air like that! Thanks for sharing your adventure!

  7. Catherine Croston October 13, 2018 at 06:49

    I can’t wait to go to Tobermory on Mull in late Dec for the new year. We are spending 6 days on what I have been told is a beautiful island . . . I can’t wait.
    Thank you for sharing you trip x

    1. Melanie Chadd October 16, 2018 at 14:33

      Ahhh sounds fabulous. I quite jealous, Mull is definitely a favourite of ours.
      I’m glad you enjoyed my post.

  8. Ruth Parker August 31, 2019 at 03:57

    I am just about to move to live in Tobermory. After many years of visiting Mull I just had to move. It is indeed a special place and once it gets into your blood it stays and grows. I have never experienced a winter so this is exciting, especially after reading your story.

    1. Melanie Chadd September 1, 2019 at 10:04

      Oh Ruth, I am very jealous! I wish you much happiness in your new chapter in Tobermory.


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