The Old Powerhouse – Activities

There are many activities and attractions available within easy reach of The Old Powerhouse which is a fantastic base for a wildlife, walking or cycling holiday. Walks are plentiful and wildlife abounds in every direction. There are many cycle paths on the Glengorm Estate and around Loch Frisa (home to our celebrity White-tailed Eagles). On arrival we can provide you with a free map of some of the more popular cycling and walking routes on the island.

Your hosts Tim and Debi are able to book Wildlife Tours, Walking Tours and Boat Trips for you. Please just ask and we’ll do everything we can to ensure you get the most out of your holiday on the Isle of Mull.

Here follows a short list of attractions in the Tobermory area but please note that the list is endless. This is just a small taster of what you can enjoy whilst you are staying at the Old Powerhouse.
Walking on MullTo walk to the Crater Loch follow the B8073 from Tobermory along Mishnish Lochs for 3 miles  until you see a ruined cottage where there is room to park. Go over a stile, follow the track and head for the gate. Go through the gate and keep on the track where you are constantly in view of the summit of the volcanic hill, S’Airde Beinn with it’s hidden crater loch. Once on the top make a circuit of the rim of the crater to enjoy the most spectacular views in the North of Mull. Click herefor the Mull Magic blog.

White-tailed Eagle and Golden Eagle WalksNew for 2011 Mull Magic are offering Eagle Walks in the heartland of the Isle of Mull’s Sea Eagle and Golden Eagle territories. The easy graded walks (costing £35 including lunch and refreshments) depart 10 am from Tobermory and transport is available free of charge. Booking is essential on Tel: 01688 301213. Many other walks are available including Ben More and Corncrake Tours on Iona. www.mullmagic.com

Baliscate Standing StonesThe Standing Stones are situated in a field just 5 minutes walk up the lane behind Mull Pottery (car parking at the Pottery) on the Baliscate Estate in Tobermory. Don’t be tempted to take your car up the lane as the track is very rough. The stones are visible in the field to the right after 400 metres. Go through the gate and up the hill to the stones. It can be very boggy so stout footwear is recommended.

Calgary BeachThe wide sandy beach at Calgary is one of the best on Mull, and its idyllic location makes it one of the finest in Scotland. Calgary Bay is located just 12 miles drive from Tobermory, and is framed by low hills, partly wooded. A broad area of machair (a grassy meadow growing on calcareous sand) lies between the land and the beach. There is a car park, public toilets and also a tea room and Art Gallery a short walk from the beach – ideal for a day out.

Boat TripsThere are many boat trips that can be taken from Tobermory, Whale Watching, Seal and Dolphin Trips, Minke Whales, Diving Charters and trips to Rum and to Drimnin on Morvern. Wildlife boat tours and sea fishing trips can all be organised by your hosts Tim and Debi, or click on the link above to make an on-line booking. There are regular trips to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles from Ulva Ferry (40 minutes drive from Tobermory).

White-tailed Eagle Viewing Hide  Each trip is two hours and there are 30 places on each trip. Adults (including RSPB members): £5. Under 16s: £2. Please pay the ranger on the day by cash or cheque (‘Mull & Iona Community Trust’). All funds raised go back to the Mull Eagle Watch project to help create new local jobs and to local good causes on Mull & Iona. Booking essential on Tel: 01680 812556

Tobermory DistilleryThe distillery is situated in Tobermory on the carpark overlooking the bay. Since 1798 the Tobermory Distillery has sat proudly lending a watchful eye over the bay. Unpeated malted barley creates a unique golden liquid with a magical heritage inspired by the Spanish Galleon whose treasure still rests close to the Distillery. Opening times are Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. To book tours please call Tel: 01688 302647.