Isle of Mull – January 2015

Family at Knockvologan

As I’ve mentioned previously on the blog, my parents recently moved to the Isle of Mull. It’s been a fairly crazy couple of months, my mum got struck by lightening?!, it’s been the coldest/heaviest snow that Mull has had in years (they keep on being assured, it NEVER does this here). And they are still, of course, living out of boxes. Anyway, they’ve wanted me to head up and see the new place so I took the first opportunity I could. I’ve been sleeping really badly (combo of stress and some other issues) and a weekend away on Mull would be just the ticket to help sort me out (I hope it lasts).

View from Kinnloch Steddings



Snowdrops at Kinnloch Steddings


I’ve not done a “weekend” up there since I moved south. From Leeds I could viably take off the one day and get a good chunk of time on the island before heading back. From London? Not so easy. I opted for the Megabus Gold on the way up (this meant I could travel overnight and be in Glasgow early). Well, that’s the last time I do that on my own. I had to basically share a bed with a complete stranger (alas it wasn’t an attractive lady, just a middle aged man).  It did mean, however, that I was in Oban waiting for the ferry by about 12. If I’d left that morning from London it would have meant an entire day of travelling (See the Sunday trip home…).

Knockvologan Beaches


It rained. What a surprise aye? But it was great to see the new place, and we headed off for a quick stomp (nothing too ambitious due to the weather) to the beaches at Knockvologan. Unfortunately, I hardly used my proper camera on this trip, having to rely almost entirely on my phone. It was the kind of wet outside where you’d be out for 5 minutes and be soaked through, I didn’t want to risk my camera in that. These beaches are superb as they are remote enough to be quiet but actually relatively easy to access. They have superb white sand which stretches a long way, good wildlife (we were being watched by a number of seals) and superb turquoise water (even in the rain).

Knockvologan Beaches


I baked a couple of Lemon Drizzle loaves, but didn’t take any pictures (we just ate them, soz) and it reminded me I need to actually do that recipe at some point (in the mean time check out my miniature Lime Drizzle Loaves). The Sunday back reminded me exactly why I’d tried to break up the journey by going overnight. I left at 10am from My parents place and got back home at 10pm, shattered beyond belief.





I’m looking forward to more adventures at their new place, which was pretty nice to say they have just moved in, it needs work and they are still living out of boxes. It’s exciting to see what the future holds for them up there. I’ll be back up pretty soon for a slightly longer stay. And I’m trying to organise a camping/campervan trip around Scotland for later in the year. Any tips on other bits of Scotland to visit?

5 thoughts on “Isle of Mull – January 2015

    1. I know right? Up there in the summer it’s so blue and clear.
      And I did thank you, after yesterday I was shattered and I thought it had ruined me, but apparently not! I felt so much more energised today.

  1. Wow, the water is such a beautiful colour – add a little sunshine and it would look like the Caribbean. Hope you had a lovely time, shame about the intense travelling. Your photographs are great by the way, the anchor (I think?) one especially.

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

    1. Yeah that whole area has stunning water. Check out picture of Iona (the little island off the end of Mull). I did thanks, even with the travel I’ve felt pretty energised since I got back.
      And thanks! These were just taken with my phone as well, it was too wet to risk getting my DSLR out! It’s a mooring point on a beach (we think) As it was fixed.

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