The call for the wild is stronger than ever, that's why we are heading to Scotland. This expedition is a chance to really explore the wonderful Island of Mull!
An abundance of wildlife, incredible geology, and most importantly a vast stretches of wilderness. Mull offers us white sandy beaches, stunning wild camping, and an array of coastline to explore, from its sheltered east coast to its rugged and mountainous west.
Our goal is to circumnavigate the larger southern half of the Isle of Mull, 190km (give or take). This route is very dependent on weather conditions, but there are also a variety of sheltered options available for the expedition if needed.
Isle of Mull
The Isle of Mull is the second-largest island of the Inner Hebrides and lies off the west coast of Scotland. It’s known all over the UK thanks to children’s TV series Balamory, featuring the colourful fishing town of Tobermory, the island's capital. Mull is also home to white-tailed sea eagles Skye and Frisa, a mating pair made famous by BBC Spring Watch. Whitetail sea eagles were reintroduced to the nearby island of Rum, and they have since migrated to Mull where there is now a stronghold.
Mull has almost 300 miles of coastline, and this rugged island has been inhabited since the Iron Age. Home to an abundance of wildlife, it has over 250 species of bird alone, and it’s not unusual to spot porpoise, dolphins and minke whale in its surrounding waters. The beaches on the west coast of the island are well known for perfect white sand, and clear turquoise waters.
Arrival either at Oban train station or meet the team at the Campsite on Mull.
Set off from the sheltered east coast of the small fishing port Salen and head south along the coastline. These perfect rocky shorelines are home to many otters, so keep your eyes peeled. Each day we will aim to cover 20-25km before looking to find a wild camp near Duart point.
From Duart Point, we will continue our journey towards the southwest corner of Mull. We’ll experience steep rugged coastline, pebble beaches, and beautiful views across the Firth of Lorn.
Paddling due west we will pass beneath the steep craggy hillside of Malcolm’s point before getting our first taste of the white sandy coves Mull is famous for. We’ll soon get a glimpse of the small island of Iona, which sits just a 1km off the very southwest tip of Mull.
Our first taste of the west coast, truly rugged and wild this coastline gets the brunt of the weather. Small sandy coves and little clusters of islands make for fabulous exploring!
Setting off from Loch Scridain we’ll make our way around the iconic headland of Ardmeanach home of Ben More, Mull’s very own Munro. These impressive mountains will be the backdrop of our coastal views. Prepare to be looking up at steep rugged mountains or out at the horizon.
If both time and weather are on our side, the team will make the crossing over to Ulva, who’s south coast is riddled with tidal islands for us to explore. Our goal is to reach the sheltered bay of Gruline, where we can finish our expedition. From here Erin will make a short shuttle to pick up the van and we can head back to the campsite for a well-earned shower and maybe even a celebratory pub meal or BBQ.
An early start to catch the ferry back to Oban.
Trip Guide & coach
Erin Bastian - A UKCC Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach, 5* Leader, and founder of Evoke Adventure, will be guiding this expedition.
Erin has paddle world wide, her passion for long distance journeys has taken her to the remote west coast of Patagonia. Across the Agean sea, linkinging rugged islands scattered between Greece and Turkey, crossing large expanses of open water. As well as numerous expeditions leading teams in her favourite place arctic Norway.
Cold icy destinations really capture her imagination!