Driving on Mull takes you through beautiful scenery but beware: the island is mostly single-track and sheep and cattle roam free!
And after another bout of tough winter weather, the island’s roads are also in a bad state of repair, with numerous potholes. So please take extra care – and go slow on all roads, especially side roads, to avoid damaging your vehicle.
There is dual track road en route to Tobermory and at Craignure, but your journey to Traigh Mhor self-catering cottage at Ardtun, near Bunessan, on Mull will be on single track. And you will need to use passing places – normally marked by black and white posts or posts with a diamond on the top – when you meet another car or to allow overtaking.
Because your speeds will be lower, allow plenty of time for your journeys, especially when driving to the Mull ferry at either Craignure or Fishnish, when there will be additional traffic.
Rules of the Road on Mull
- Always keep to the left of the road
If the passing place is on the right, stop and wait on the left opposite the space to allow the oncoming car to pull in.
- Check your rear-view mirror
If a vehicle behind is driving faster and needs to overtake, pull over to a passing place and let them through. Indeed, if you do not know the road, then following a local driver at a safe distance is the fastest way to travel.
- Be ready!
Mull has lots of blind bends and summits, so be ready to meet another vehicle and be prepared to reverse if you’re nearest a passing place!
- Don’t park in the passing places
It’s tempting to park up, enjoy the view and picnic. But please keep passing places clear and use laybys and parking spaces instead.
- Animals on the road
Because roads are mostly unfenced, you will also meet plenty of sheep and cattle and maybe deer. So take extra care and stay on the lookout for animals. If you do meet animals on the road be patient and drive slowly past. Ruminating sheep lying on the verge rarely move, however when a ewe and her lamb are on opposite sides of the road, beware. One is bound to cross the road in front of you.