Having recently spent a week at the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa on the Isle of Mull, I would say the whole experience was surprisingly amazing.
The short (45 minute) ferry journey over from Oban to Mull was good fun for our family of 3 and the very short drive from the dock at Craignure to the hotel was easy as easy gets. Turn right off the ferry, take the first right and we had arrived. Granted, the exterior of the hotel is not going to win any design awards, but this place is deceiving. Through the front doors and there's a large open plan reception lounge bar area and the first thing to notice is the views back across the bay to the mainland with Duart Castle jutting out from the shore line.
Check in was easy and friendly and it was easy to find out room. A family room with a double and single which was clean, very comfortable and had one of the best views we've had from any hotel we've been to. The decor is subtle tartans, earthy tones and of a good standard for a 3 star hotel. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom clean and tidy with toiletries and towels provided.
First thing we did was (as you do with a 5 year old in tow) go and use the hotel swimming pool. The swimming pool was newish (there's a plaque saying opened in 2008) and modern. It's a community pool but is joined directly onto the hotel. The child pool is a little small but more than suitable and the main pool is a good size with the same amazing views out of the sound to the mountains behind Oban. I ventured to the outdoor hot tub for a brief try and it was great. All clean and in a lovely sunny spot. There's other spa facilities but we didn't use these. Noticed there's a hairdressers there as well.
We stayed for 4 nights and throughout we were shown the kindest, friendliest service from the restaurant staff to reception, everyone was very helpful.
A big bonus to the location of the hotel is the path that leads straight down to the shoreline. There's rock pools for the kids, and when the tide is out, the beach is sandy. Not the best beach on Mull, but Mull (as we discovered) has some of the best beaches in the whole of Scotland!
Over the days that we were in the hotel, we saw a lot of the island, beaches that you wouldn't believe existed in Scotland, craggy mountains, rivers, glens, fishing villages and a great days trip on the ferry over to Iona a day at the beach there. The beaches on the south of Mull were a highlight for us. Wild, empty and water as blue and clear as anywhere. The sun did shine for the majority of our trip so I guess we were lucky, but when the sun is out, I can't think of many other places within the same size area that offers the breadth of panoramic views of mountains, coast and villages.
Mull is simply a fantastic island to visit and the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa is in a great location for being able to tour to a different part of the island each day of your stay. One big thing was on the morning we were leaving to catch the 10:30 ferry back to the mainland. It takes over one hour to get to Craignure from the south west tip of Mull. The fact that it is one minute from the hotel on leaving morning meant that we were able to enjoy a relaxed breakfast taking in those views, go for a walk along the beach and still be in the ferry queue with plenty of time to spare.
A cracking 3 star hotel, clean, nicely decorated, brilliant food (including local seafood), friendly and giving access to the wonders of Mull. We will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting on the crescent of Craignure Bay with gardens that stretch to the water's edge, spectacular views across to the mainland can be enjoyed from every room or close by there are views of castles, beaches and the abundant sea life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Isle Of Mull Hotel Craignure
- Isle Of Mull Hotel And Spa
- Hotel Isle Mull
- Isle Mull Hotel
- Isle Of Mull Hotel & Spa Craignure