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Message posted by Hedgehugger on 02/2/2014 at 3:59pm
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Hi - one of my friends, a semi-retired builder, plans to visit Mull in May (hotel or B&B, not camping, he likes his creature comforts). I warned him to stock up on midge repellent! What he's interested in finding out about is pubs, actually, and if there are any sociable ones that sell good ale. I'd appreciate any recommendations that I could pass on to him. Many thanks.

Maybe we could do with a general 'good ale' thread on here, to share hints about hostelries convenient for campsites!

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Shes on a pub crawl just now, not alot to do on Mull

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She's gone for some Mulled ale.  

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I am mulling over this one...when we went to Mull we found one in Tobermory which was sociable but can't remember the name. There are not many even there. Don't know about the beer, OH drinks vodka or lager and I drink wine.

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Mulled ale - aaarghh! I should have seen that one coming...

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Cheeky s***s!

You lot are going to get me into trouble!

Hedgehugger, my apologies, but not an ale drinker, so can't assist on that point.

The oldest pub on Mull is the Bellachroy in Dervaig and has both good food (that I can vouch for) and, I'm told, ale (that I can't). It's very popular with a lot of visitors. It also, I'm told has nice accommodation. In Tob, you have the Mishnish - locals just call it the Mish - (now back to yellow as in the Balamory days); think it still has some accommodation but not sure - can certainly have a good atmosphere and again, not heard any complaints about the alcohol; there's also a restaurant there. (It's also about 100 yards from Cafe Fish on the Calmac pier which, if you like sea food, is not to be missed but book!) Halfway down Main Street is the MacDonald Arms. No accommodation, but some great home cooking and also popular with locals. At the far end (Ledaig) just beyond the distillery is MacGochan's. Not one I've been in for a long time and more of a bistro bar now so can't say about atmosphere. Note micro-brewery next door to distillery - bottled only but we get visitors loading up with their beers to take back.

In Salen, is the Salen Hotel. Has rooms but very much a local bar - probably not your friend's style.

In Craignure, almost opposite the ferry terminal from Oban, is the Craignure Inn, with rooms, and a very good reputation for food - again, don't know about the ale.

I'm not much help as regards further down the Ross to Iona. The Kinloch (just before Pennyghael) used to have a good atmosphere and the Argyll Arms in Bunessan has had some good remarks about it, but, since Mum's been so poorly, I just don't get out so wouldn't really like to say.

In fact, apart from my hasty trip down south - 750 miles in three days a couple of weekends ago - I've not been much further than Salen for months!

Sorry not to be more helpful.

PS May is usually not too bad for midges and your friend can easily get Avon SOS or Smidge on island.   

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That is fantastic info, many thanks - epecially about where good food can be found. I will pass it on to him. He'll just have to try all the various ales on offer and find out what he likes - I'm sure he can cope with that!

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For some one who does not drink she knows her way round the pubs?

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Quote: Originally posted by Hedgehugger on 03/2/2014
That is fantastic info, many thanks - epecially about where good food can be found. I will pass it on to him. He'll just have to try all the various ales on offer and find out what he likes - I'm sure he can cope with that!



No probs, Hedgehugger! There's a good few restaurants on Mull (rather than pubs with restaurants) but did try to stick to the drinking/food theme.

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Quote: Originally posted by jeff juke on 03/2/2014
For some one who does not drink she knows her way round the pubs?



Ouch, Jeff!!!

I was led into sad ways by my former employment where one was expected to sample the delights of various attractions of most types - I definitely drew the line on some!! - notably being expected to stay in a B&B that was a front for brothel in M'cer!!!

I do drink, but wine - long gone are the days of the whisky when I worked on the Long Island!

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The beer in the Craignure Inn is OK as I found out after being forced to spend a few hours there after the ferry broke down!

I also enjoyed the Mishnish too - nice little pub.

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The Craignure has a good selection of malt whiskies - it feels more appropriate to drink that than beer (I've not tried the Tobermory malt yet). What I love about Mull (and the other islands) is that it feels so safe and relaxed once the last ferry's left. I went over with a work colleague who panicked about locking up his car, but we were taken out to dinner and the guy left his keys in the ignition. Long may that continue. My minor bug-bear about going over to Mull is those visitors who don't know how to drive politely on the single track roads with passing places. Worst are the slow drivers who don't pull in to let you overtake - I've nearly missed the last ferry for that reason. That grumble over, your friend will notice that some drivers will acknowledge him - though it's the "Ballachulish nod" in parts of mainland Argyll, I think it was a raised hand on Mull but it's been a while so I may be wrong.

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I have stayed at the Bellachroy and although there wasn't a great choice of ales, what there was, was good, the food was excellent and the welcome was warm. My dad lives just up the road and I love the island, it's a flipping long way from me but worth the trip.

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Quote: Originally posted by Fiona W on 05/2/2014
The Craignure has a good selection of malt whiskies - it feels more appropriate to drink that than beer (I've not tried the Tobermory malt yet). What I love about Mull (and the other islands) is that it feels so safe and relaxed once the last ferry's left. I went over with a work colleague who panicked about locking up his car, but we were taken out to dinner and the guy left his keys in the ignition. Long may that continue. My minor bug-bear about going over to Mull is those visitors who don't know how to drive politely on the single track roads with passing places. Worst are the slow drivers who don't pull in to let you overtake - I've nearly missed the last ferry for that reason. That grumble over, your friend will notice that some drivers will acknowledge him - though it's the "Ballachulish nod" in parts of mainland Argyll, I think it was a raised hand on Mull but it's been a while so I may be wrong.



Fiona, Folks from Dervaig usually give you a full handwave repeated, whilst a lot of others just raise a finger. This is not to be confused with a rude gesture! It's known as Mull finger and is a genuine acknowledgement of courtesies shown - in truth, one gets a bit lazy!!

God forbid say your car gets nicked - phone the ferry co. (and for most of us, they know our cars and who should be driving them so they don't get on the ferry) anyway. It is relaxing. However, as you say, some find it too relaxing and forget all the rules about driving on single track roads - that's if they ever knew them in the first place.

Tobermory malt a bit smoother than Ledaig (same distillery)- if that's any help!!

Hedgehugger, that reminds me. Please warn your friend that we've had a fair number of our roads re-surfaced over the last 3 years. Sadly this means that there's some serious drop-offs including passing place edges - even for off-road vehicles. Please tell him to watch out. And tell him, only a total pain will be bad-tempered if he follows the rules. Another little tip is to check ferry timetables - you can get seriously out in your driving plan from A to B if you come up against a ferry off-load queue - this is worst between Craignure and Fionnphort (for Iona) on Tuesdays and Thursday with the coach traffic.   


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Quote: Originally posted by strangler on 03/2/2014
The beer in the Craignure Inn is OK as I found out after being forced to spend a few hours there after the ferry broke down!

I also enjoyed the Mishnish too - nice little pub.



That, of course, Strangler, is a downside of island living. The last six weeks have been interesting!! Glad the ales at the Craignure Inn were OK - can pass that info to mates stuck in same situation!

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last time i was on mull was when my dads cousins fishing trawler made a run for it when, we ran into a gale.I knew there was some thing wrong when 2cwt of chains was washed over board

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