Recommended detour: Lochbuie
August 18, 2018
When planning your visit to Achaban House, and if coming via Craignure, it might be worth thinking about setting out early to take a detour as there are so many iconic places to visit along the way. One of our favourites is Lochbuie, one of the most beautiful locations on Mull; a sweeping bay fringed with mountains; a 15th century castle; a stone circle in a magical setting, a mediaeval chapel and the quirky “old post office” for old-style shopping and refreshments with an honesty box.
From Craignure it is around 6 miles on the A849 main route to the turn off for Croggan/Lochbuie, then a further 8 miles to reach Lochbuie on the south coast of Mull. The road, which skirts the edges of Loch Spelve and Loch Uisg and meanders through lush forested wild landscapes, is very quiet, so also perfect for cycling. However, be aware it is one-track and quite narrow. Near the coast, the view from the road opens up to an expanse of fields and moorland dominated by Ben Buie, ending at the shores of Lochbuie.
The whole area, from the turn off from the main road to the Lochbuie coastline is an outstanding area for wildlife. At Lochbuie there are options for walks and if you order a week or so in advance you could pick up a delicious ready meal from Lochbuie larder, for dinner at Achaban House!
Likewise, if you are leaving Achaban, it is worth considering a detour to Lochbuie enroute to your next destination.
Some useful links for Lochbuie
Lochbuie website with a useful map
The Old Post Office website
The Lochbuie Larder Menu