Local Information

We want you to have an enjoyable stay with us and we’ve put together some ideas on what to do on the Ross of Mull and Iona.

Everything suggested here is offered by a local resident so that you can feel confident that you are supporting the economy of Mull and Iona.

Most people will want to start with a trip to Iona or to Staffa…

The ferry runs frequently throughout the summer months and a visit to the Iona Abbey with its fantastic museum is always a pleasure – no matter how often you go.

Iona Abbey

Iona Ferry

Iona Heritage Centre

Take a relaxing boat trip to Staffa and the Tresnish Islands to see the puffins, or simply enjoy our stunning scenery viewing the coastline from the deck of the Birthe Marie – all available from the Fionnphort pier.

Visit Staffa

Visit Lunga

Alternative Boat Hire

Take a wildlife walk or tour of the Ross of Mull or Iona where our local experts can share their knowledge of on hares, otters, deer, hawks and eagles. Or sit in a hide watching for the latest Sea Eagle chick.

Wild About Mull

Mull Eagle Watch

Iona Trails

Visit castles, abbeys and old settlements – see how life on Mull really was before, during and after the Clearances. The Ross of Mull Historical Centre at Bunessan or the Iona Heritage Centre can help you trace local ancestors too. Duart Castle is a little further afield but can be easily reached by car or bus. Cleared communities such as Braighcreich can be reached on foot from the Kintra road.

Ross of Mull Historical Centre

Duart Castle

Eating Out

The Ross of Mull has a small number of excellent restaurants, but places are limited and book quickly. The Keel Row, in Fionnphort, has just reopened and is now owned by the Community. It serves delicious food in a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

The Keel Row

Shopping is easy

There are many craft producers on Iona and the Ross of Mull. From hand-made jewellery, pottery, paintings, photographs and sculpture, to hand-woven baskets and blankets, the range and quality of our local products is exceptional. South West Mull Makers has a lovely selection of goods and gifts that you can view at the St Columba Centre in Fionnphort, just a few minutes’ walk from Staffa House.

The Mull and Iona Shop is a new online service started in 2020 to allow guests to browse many of the makers who can't be found in our local shops.

And finally, take time to get off the beaten track

At Staffa House we keep a special pack of walks which reflect the nature and history of Iona and the Ross of Mull. These can help you explore some beautiful beaches and old settlements which a car won’t reach. Take one of our packed lunches and enjoy a day away from the bustle of the main areas of Iona and Fionnphort.

We are very happy to help you book or plan your day out including any guided tours or visits that you wish to do. Please just ask and we will do what we can to help you. In the meantime you can start planning your trip here

Staffa House