Top 7 Things to do in Bunessan, United Kingdom (UK)

July 21, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

Bunessan (Scottish Gaelic: Bun Easain) is a small village on the Ross of Mull in the south-west of the island of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland. The settlement is within the parish of Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon, and is situated on the A849.
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1. Ardalanish Isle Of Mull Weavers

Ardalanish, Bunessan PA67 6DR, Scotland +44 1681 700265
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4.5 based on 100 reviews

Ardalanish Isle Of Mull Weavers

Reviewed By ChiffeLondon - Oxford, United Kingdom

What a lovely place.
Very welcoming and open. I had a chance to wander around the studio where the weaving takes place despite it being closed. The shop stayed open a little while longer too. Very friendly and accommodating.
Lovely to see some beautiful items crafted on the island and to see the process start to finish.
The location is magical and I'd have never found the nearby beach if it hadn't been for my visit to Ardalanish Weavers. It's a real beauty. White sand...wildflowers right up to the beach. Lots of wildlife.
A lovely detour if you find yourself on this part of the island.
I bought one of their blankets and have already had lots of comments. Thank you :)

2. Isle of Staffa

Scotland +44 7717 581405
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Isle of Staffa

Reviewed By jasper719 - notts

Moored in Tobermery, weather forecast good so set off for Staffa, we have been before, even had a dive there but that was many years ago. The northerly route is very picturesque taking in Coll and Tyree, if you are lucky dolphins can often be seen, before passing the Treshnish Isles. Stood out to the west of Ulva lies the magnificent site of Staffa. Its Basaltic columns rise out of the sea, an awesome site. On the south of the island is cave where small boats can venture in, on our last visit, in a R,I,B, we went right inside but today decided to stay on the entrance.,To the south lies the island of Iona, on the opposite side of the sound is Fionnphort and a small ferry runs between the two little ports. The north coast towards Bunessan is also a place where basaltic columns rise from the sea, great to see but not as grand as Staffa. Looking eastwards between Loch Scridain and Loch na Keal is some shear cliffs with a waterfall over them, in a really bad westerly wind these are called "mares tails" as the wind blows the water back over the cliff top, a stunning site but not from a small boat in that weather. That's it for today, back to Tobermory marina.

3. Ross of Mull Historical Centre

Millbrae Cottage, Bunessan PA67 6DP, Scotland
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Ross of Mull Historical Centre

Reviewed By lancashirescott - Lancashire, United Kingdom

ROMHC is located just as you enter Bunessan it is signposted from the road with a small carpark, the entrance is through a gate and along the small stream.
It is situated on the site of the old local water mill built in the 18th Century which used to supply the area with its staple foods from grinding corn, oats and whatever other grains where available.
The centre is located right next to the mill opening 10:00 am to 16:00 pm, inside there is a small walk around museum of what life was like in the area, there are plenty of pamphlets and booklets both free and for a small fee. I recommend the booklets on different areas of the Ross they are pretty cheap and give detailed info on the different settlements and also have some walks too, well worth buying.
If your interested in local history mainly on the Ross then you have to visit here, if not just have a quick look at the water mill and museum, fascinating!

4. Tireragan Estate

Knockvologan, Bunessan, Scotland
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Tireragan Estate

The Tireragan Estate is a Highland Renewal/Regeneration Project run by 'Highland Renewal'. Highland Renewal is Scottish Charity 1233456.Highland Renewal Registered Office: Bendoran Cottage, Bunessan, Isle of Mull, PA67 6DU.Website: http://highlandrenewal.org/Email: [email protected]

Reviewed By Eileen C - Glasgow, UK

Just been on Mull with a group of friends and we visited Tireragan Estate. It's a beautiful spot and we were lucky to be there on a very sunny hot day. It may be an idea if you have an OS map to take it with you since it is not the most well sign posted walk I have ever been on. And if it is wet make sure you have sturdy boots - there are some parts that are very boggy - even right now when it has rained only 3 times since April. However beach at the end of the walk is worth the trek!

5. Kilvickeon Church

Scoor | Loch Assapol, Bunessan PA67 6DW, Scotland
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Kilvickeon Church

Reviewed By lancashirescott - Lancashire, United Kingdom

Its best to call in at the Ross of Mull Heritage Centre and pick up a pamphlet called "Discover the Ross, Kilvickeon, Assapol & Shiaba" its fairly cheap but is a must to gleen a little bit of the history of these communities that once thrived here, the ROMHC is located just on the right as you enter Bunessan.
To get to it you need to take a left just before Bunessan down a unmarked tarmac road that says "Weak Road", if you hit Bunessan and the ROMHC then youve missed it.
The road starts off as tarmac then half way down Loch Assapol it turns to a rough farm track, it is rough but not un-navigable, over a small bridge and you will see the remains of the church to your right and a small lay bye on your left to park. There is a sign and a plaque with a little about the area. The road carries on but is private so if you are going onto Shiaba you will have to walk from here.
Kilvickeon Church dates back to the 13th Century and Scotlands early Christian period. The church has ties with the Abbey on Iona as there is a memorial stone called "Mariota's Stone" housed in a special timber frame inside what remains of the church. This stone was found around the church in the 19th Century and Historic Scotland took the stone to be carefully renovated and finally placed back at Kilvickeon Church in its new housing. The stone dates back 500 years and from what can be gathered Mariota would have been a Nun at the Abbey on Iona.
There is not much left of the Church bar two walls, but Mariota's Stone is worth the visit and if your interested in local history its a must.
There is a fabulous beach just down from Kilvickeon Church called Kilvickeon Beach as a side visit and also the old settlement of Shiaba, so there is plenty to see in this lovely remote area.

6. Kilvickeon Beach

Bunessan, Scotland
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Kilvickeon Beach

Reviewed By lancashirescott - Lancashire, United Kingdom

There is so much to see in this lovely little corner of the Ross and Kilvickeon Beach doesn't disappoint.
This beach is in an area of other sites and places to see that would easily take up a full day or more, Kilvickeon Church and the old settlement of Shiaba, the wildlife includes Deer, Birds of Prey, Otters, Lapwings and Seals that frequent this area.
I highly recommend picking up a pamphlet called,
"Discover The Ross, Kilvickeon, Assapol & Shiaba"
You can get this nearby from the Heritage Centre just as you enter Bunessan on your right, they are situated by an old water mill and have some fantastic information on the area around the Ross.
The pamphlet explains a little about the history of the area and is a must if you are visiting Shiaba so well worth picking up.
Getting to the beach is quite easy just before Bunessan heading towards Fionnphort there is a triangular Cairn with a cross on top on your right which is a War Memorial just behind Bunessan Primary School. Just after this on your left is a side road with a sign saying "Weak Road" and below at ground level another sign saying "Scoor House 3 Miles"
Take this road and continue alongside Loch Assapol but the tarmac road turns into a rough farm track which is fine to proceed by car but you will need to drive with caution as it has pot holes.
After passing the Loch and over a small wooden bridge you will climb up slightly and come to a small lay bye with Kilvickeon Church down to your right and a small information plaque slightly further on showing what is in the area.
This is as far as you can drive by car as the road is privately owned from the church onwards.
From the lay bye head down the footpath towards the beach with the church on your right but highly recommend the church and Shiaba also.
It takes about 10 minutes to the beach.
The beach is one of the best around here in my opinion, at low tide you can explore the small island called Garbh Eilean "Rough Island" that divides the beach into two with some stunning views, the beach is sheltered in places and looks beautiful.
Kilvickeon Beach has to be one of the best Beaches on Mull.

7. Ardtun Peninsula Leaf Beds

Ardtun, Bunessan, Scotland
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Ardtun Peninsula Leaf Beds

Reviewed By ImhoSussex - Sussex

We followed the route in an excellent little Walks book for Mull and Iona, written by Paul & Helen Webster. It had been reasonably dry for the last week, even so there were places where waterproof boots were desirable. The walk is along the beach to get there, and along the cliff top on the way back. The entrance to the gulley where the fossils are found needs a bit of clambering down. The area where a trained eye could find fossil leaves is halfway to the sea. We didn't find any there that we were very sure of, but there is evidence of much searching. We carried on to the sea which was much more rewarding. There are basalt columns at all angles and a miniature Fingal's cave. We also found a large pebble which looks like a leaf fossil, but can't be sure. Avoid high tides if you want to explore the cave. Have a look over the cliff on the way back to see the extent of the buildings that once used to be there on the beach.

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