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Superb glamping and camping on the Isle of Mull.

Shieling Holidays

Craignure Isle of Mull PA65 6AY 01680 812 496

We say

Pioneering David Gracie is a bit of a camping legend in Scotland, and you could probably credit him with kicking off glamping long before it became so popular. The ever-enthusiastic Gracie still pours his heart and soul into this site, which enjoys some of the finest coastal and mountain views of any campsite in the UK. You can just book a simple tent pitch (handily located on patches of Astroturf, which is a godsend in poor weather), or posh it up a bit under one of their pre-pitched shieling dwellings. These vary from basic hostel-type options to large shielings suited to families, with cooking facilities, a shower and a toilet. They have regular holiday accommodation too, with room for 5–6 people, which you can hire by the week (or for a minimum of three nights).

The site has spotless and efficient communal facilities, and a nice touch is the firepit where you can light a fire and sit back on one of the benches as you watch the sun ease down over the isles and craggy mountain peaks. There are plenty of shops and a decent pub just a short walk away, and lots of good walking routes, including one up the mighty mountain that towers above the site.

They say

A stunningly beautiful site, with the sea on two sides and views to Ben Nevis. There's a warm welcome for you and your caravan, camper or tent.  Or try our unique Shielings and budget beds, or charming Cottages. There's a wildlife trail, and an enchanting coastline to walk the dog. Stroll to pub, shop, cafe, ferry, buses for Tobermory and Iona (for Staffa); or walk to swimming pool, castles, and hills. The ideal base for Mull. Just escape to a better world.

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How much?

Standard Shielings from £39 a night or £244 per week; en-suite Shielings from £55 a night or £330 per week; tent pitch and two people from £18 per night (£15 no car); cottages from £60 per night or £360 per week, all for two people.

Looking for...

  • Family-Friendly
  • Getting Away from it All
  • Romantic
  • Seaside
  • Sensational Views
  • Something Different
  • Walking
  • Waterside

Getting There

By car, cross from Oban to Craignure, or from Lochaline to Fishnish, 6 miles up the coast. Details here. From the ferry terminal at Craignure, turn left on the A849 to Iona. After 400 metres, left again opposite the church past the old pier to Reception by the sea, 800 metres in all. Co-ordinates 56.4692, -5.6956.

On foot or by bike, take the train or bus around mid-day from Glasgow and catch the ferry at 16.00 from Oban, arriving at Craignure, Mull at 16.46; returning by the 10.55 ferry arriving in Glasgow around 1600. Please check times before travelling. Phone, and we'll collect you and your luggage from the ferry.


Cottages available all year; Camping 3 March to 6 November; Shielings 7 April to 16 October.

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