Mull, Staffa, Iona & Ulva


Iona, an unofficial wonder of the world (Mike Charles/Shutterstock)

Iona, an unofficial wonder of the world (Mike Charles/Shutterstock)

Looking for some Great British adventure inspiration? You're in the right place. Here you'll get an independent, ad-free lowdown on Britain's top 50 adventure locations - the online yin to the paper yang of our Joyously Busy Great British Adventure Map.

Why Go To Mull, Staffa, Iona and Ulva?

Yet more lovely islands (part of the Inner Hebrides) perfectly situated just off the west coast of Scotland. Just some of many things you can do on Mull, Staffa, Iona and Ulva that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Go see an unofficial wonder of the world, Fingal's Cave on Staffa
  • Make a modern-day pilgrimage to magical Iona 
  • Experience colourful Tobermory and the imposing scenery of Mull

Want to find out more? Read on for great photos, articles, videos, top tips and other content to fire up your adventure appetite. Got a question? Ask away.

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A disgracefully impressive collection of highlights: Great beaches on the Ross of Mull, Calgary Bay's white sands and views of Coll and Tiree, Tobermory's brightly painted waterfront houses, the enormous cliffs of Gribun, famous Fingal's Cave on Staffa (‘pillar island’), and magical Iona, St. Columba's landing point in 563 and a destination for pilgrims ever since. Highest point: Ben More (966m) on Mull.

Tobermory, Isle of Mull  (VisitScotland)

Tobermory, Isle of Mull (VisitScotland)

The essential journey here could be a pilgrimage, given Iona's past, but it's a strong achievement simply getting to see all four islands.


Getting To Mull, Staffa, Iona and Ulva, Maps & Guides

Getting there: CalMac ferry from Oban (2.5 hrs from Glasgow) to Craignure, Mull (1 hr crossing).

Travel times from where you are: See Mull, Staffa, Iona & Staffa on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Lonely Planet's Highlands and Islands or Rough Guides' equivalent.

Walking route guidance: WalkingHighlands.

Tourist board: Visit Scotland's dedicated page.

Even More Mull, Staffa, Iona and Ulva Adventure Inspiration

Fingal's Cave, Staffa  (Daniel Sockwell/Shutterstock)

Fingal's Cave, Staffa (Daniel Sockwell/Shutterstock)

A couple of high-class recommendations to fire you up...

  • Read The Wild Isles in Sidetracked, bikepacking the shores of Mull and Iona
  • Watch Unknown, featuring climber Dave McLeod and first ascent on Mull (subscription site but the first month is free - woohoo!)

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