Carsaig, Isle of Mull, is a favourite spot for energetic walkers who love its magnificent coastal hikes. But please note that the cliffs are 200m plus – some of the highest in Britain – and it’s rough going and remote, so do go prepared and allow lots of time.
Carsaig is a tiny village, three miles south of Pennyghael. And a 15-20 minute drive from Mull holiday cottage Traigh Mhor at Ardtun, near Bunessan.
Carsaig lies in a beautiful bay, which is reached by an impressive drive descending through mature, mossy woods down to the sea. Right at the end of the road there is a pretty stone pier, with lovely views of the bay.
Walk west from the old pier and keeping to the shore, you will find the Nun’s Cave, believed to be named after Iona Nuns who took refuge here after being expelled during the reformation. Inside there are carved crosses of various designs, some going back to the 6th Century. It is about three hours to the cave.
Another hour on, at Malcolm’s Point, you arrive at the incredible Carsaig Arches, formed by eroded sea caves.
Look out for deer, wild goats, eagles and nesting kittiwakes and fulmars.