ISLE OF MULL
Day 3 – option 2
Craignure to Lochbuie
14.4 miles (23.1 km) approx 6 hrs
This is the wild way! It is very challenging and should only be attempted by experienced walkers. You will be rewarded with the most spectacular coastal scenery and a wonderful opportunity to observe wildlife – otters, porpoises and dolphins and on the land red deer and wild goats; and up above golden and sea eagles!
Remember to check Carsaig Bay tides as this route is not passable at high tide.
Starting at Craignure take the A849 for 6.4 miles as far as the Lochbuie Crossroads (684308) (from Craignure to Lochbuie turn off approx 2hrs). You then turn left to take the 8 mile single track road to Lochbuie (608249) This route at first starts to climb steeply and takes you through a beautiful forest down onto the shores of Loch Spelve.
Further along just off the road at the head of Loch Uisg on the ridge of land separating Loch Spelve from Loch Uisg, there is a war memorial and the former Loch Spelve Church (built 1828), which is now a private dwelling. Continuing along the road to Lochbuie you will pass Lochbuie Standing Stones which date back to the Neolithic or Bronze age. The Standing Stones are about 20 mins walk from the Lochbuie standing stones parking.
There is a campsite for wild camping in Lochbuie but no B & B, only self-catering ; however, there is an ‘honesty’ shop where you can replenish vital supplies. There is much of interest to see in the small village especially St Kilda’s Episcopal church which is well worth a visit.
Craignure to Lochbuie Crossroads – 6.4 miles (10.3 km)
Crossroads to Lochbuie – 8 miles (13 km)
St Conan's Pilgrim Way