There’s a warm welcome awaiting you at the Isle of Mull’s newest campsite, our sign carries the message from our Celtic roots of Cuide Mile Failte (a hundred thousand welcomes) and we intend to live up to this. Offering 10 Hard Standing Water and Electric Hook-Ups, 2 Grass Electric Hook-Ups and 28 further Standard Tent Pitches, all with stunning views over the Sound of Mull and Mulls central mountains.
Recently installed on the campsite are our brand-new Male, Female and Disabled Shower & Toilet blocks. Laid out to form a small courtyard, guests can also access our double sink washroom that is sheltered around the corner. Salen Bay Campsite lies off the beaten track, approximately 800m from the village centre, we offer easy foot access into the village’s amenities, while also providing an incredibly quiet and peaceful camping ground.
Within the village itself, provisions for your stay can be purchased from The Spar, our local well-stocked grocers who are located in the centre of the village. Just outside of the village lies the Mull and Iona Abattoir, selling fresh local meat - a great option for BBQs. The Salen Hotel also offers a fantastic spot for dinner, or a drink in their elevated beer garden, while the Glenforsa Hotel lies 2 miles out the village providing lovely pub meals. For something slightly different, the Taste of Mull snack bar also offers a ‘to-go’ selection of breakfasts, lunches and dinners using local produce from across the island. At the bottom of the village lies The Coffee Pot, a lovely café offering daily baked cakes and light lunches.
Salen itself, is steeped in history. St. Columba once preached from a rocky pulpit in the village centre, causing the river that runs through the village to be renamed ‘Alt na Sermoin’, Gaelic for ‘river of the sermons’! Sir Lachlan MacQuarrie the father of Australia was involved in huge improvements to the village during the early 19th Century. We also have an ancient Iron age hillfort and the ruins of a more recent (13th century) castle nearby.
With a fantastic central location, the village provides the perfect holiday spot to explore more of the island, with many roads leading in all directions. Those feeling adventurous can climb Ben more, just 8 miles away. Mull’s only munro stands at 966m, its peak can be seen from the campsite. Tobermory, a 10-mile drive or bus journey, offers a picturesque walk along the waterfront with numerous shops and several award-winning pubs and restaurants. There’s also opportunity for a day trip down to the sacred Island of Iona, heading along the dramatic coastline of Gruline towards the ferry port at Fionnphort.
Once on Mull, finding us couldn’t be easier as our signage through the village will guide you towards our main entrance on the lower level of our campsite, where our reception building and brand-new facilities lie. Guests are then encouraged to park in our overspill car park next to the entrance and pop into reception to get themselves booked in.
All of our camping ground sits elevated on the upper level of our campsite, providing a fantastic seascape and mountain surround, 360-degree views overlooking the sound of mull, Salen Bay and the picturesque coastline of Morvern, Ardnamurchan and the central ‘Mull massive’.
Throughout our grounds are a wide variety of plant life, our iconic sycamore tree sits besides our facilities with Rowan, Alder, Hazel, Birch and Willow also interspersed around the area. Those willing to venture further will also come across Bog cotton, Rare Orchids and a variety of mammals such as Mountain Hares, Red Deer, Seals and Otters. A huge variety of birds abound; Herons, Cormarants, Arctic Turnstones and Oyster Catchers on the shore with Snipe, Hen harriers, Buzzards and occasionally Sea Eagles soaring above.
Surrounding our campsite is 100 acres of shoreline for our residents to explore freely, and with easy access to Salen Bay you are well placed to launch small vessels such as canoes and sea kayaks. Scattered throughout our grounds are picnic benches for residents to use freely, each positioned to take in the exceptional views and enjoy the tranquil peace and quiet that our campsite has to offer. Adventurous guests are rewarded with secret paths and hidden away vantage points that we have created to take advantage of our beautiful sea views - our only advice is that when you find them, keep them secret!