Isle of Ulva

Tranquil Ulva is a beautiful drive from Mull holiday cottage Traigh Mhor and a fantastic day out.

This privately-owned island – currently the subject of a community buyout bid – offers lovely but rugged walking, (no tarmac roads), with stunning views of the Treshnish Isles.  It remains open to visitors at the moment.

It also offers a real insight into how its crofting community used to live. Sheila’s Cottage is a reconstructed traditional thatched croft house, and visitors can also learn about the the history of the island’s kelp industry.

The remains of the deserted villages and ruined crofts can still be seen and are a sad reminder of the island’s history.

Ulva’s licensed tea-room The Boathouse is definitely worth a visit too, serving everything from a cup of tea to oysters and Guinness.

The island’s ferry takes foot passengers only and operates on demand Monday to Fridays (9-5) and on Sundays from June 1st to the end of August. The ferry – closed all day Saturday – may not run if the the weather is poor.

You can camp on the island but must be booked ahead. Ulva also has an SYHA-affiliated hostel, which opened in 2014.

Visit the Ulva website

Tea and lemon cake on tranquil Ulva – guest photo from Ann Woolley, May 2015.