Ross of Mull

The first village is Pennyghael, which has two hotels overlooking the loch, Pennyghael Hotel, Tel. 704288, Fax. 704205, which is open from Easter to October and has an excellent restaurant and Kinloch Hotel, Tel. 704204, which serves cheap bar meals. A tortuous, twisting side road leads south from Pennyghael over the hills and down to Carsaig Bay, from where you can head east or west along the shore for some dramatic coastal scenery.

The next village is Bunessan, a fairly unappealing place but convenient for an early ferry to Iona. You can also find out everything about local history and culture at the Ross of Mull Historical Centre, on Pier Road. Info - Easter-Oct daily 1000-1630. There's a wide range of accommodation available.

Two roads lead south from Bunessan. One leads to Scoor, near where is a great beach at Kilveockan. The other road splits near the coast: the left branch leads to Uisken Bay, where there's a nice beach; the righthand branch leads to Ardlanish Bay, which also has a good beach. You can spend the night at Uisken Bay at Ardachy House Hotel, Uisken, by Bunessan, Tel./Fax. 700505, open Mar-Sep, 7 en suite rooms, or the idyllic Uisken Croft, Tel. 700307, open from April to October.

===Introduction to South of Mull=== Phone code: +44 (0)1681

Mull's southernmost peninsula stretches west for 20 miles from the head of Loch Scridain as far as Iona. Most visitors use it merely as a route to Iona but, if you've got the time and the weather's good, there are a couple of interesting little detours along the way.

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