Iona to Craignure

Part of St Columba’s Way

Scenic route from Fionnphort, opposite Iona, along south coast of Mull mainly on quiet roads, coastal paths and hill tracks to the port of Craignure for the short ferry trip to Oban. Hills rise over 200 metres around middle of route. No shops etc along much of route.

From Fionnphort to Strathcoil the going is varied and can be tough but with remarkable scenery. The last few kilometres from Strathcoil to Craignure are along the A849, a busy single track road with passing places.

We are only illustrating an approximate route across the south of Mull. You are strongly advised to consult the website of St Conan’s Pilgrimage Way below. This provides detailed advice on the routes and various options along the south coast with notes on the challenges and difficulties you might face. There is also useful advice on bike –friendly routes.

We are extremely grateful to the organisers of St Conan’s Pilgrimage Way for their helpful advice.

You are also strongly advised to check the website below for further advice on the hazards and grading of sections

Deerstalking Warning. Deer Stalking from Fidden to Carsaig. The deerstalking season starts on July 1st and continues to October 20th with serious culling of deer from about mid-August. This activity brings money and employment to remote rural areas and is an important part of land management. Deer are easily frightened by walkers. When planning your route and timetable you check with the relevant estates listed below. There is no stalking on Sundays.

Avoiding deerstalking areas is easily done by using the A849 and proceeding to Pennyghael and then descending to the coastal path and Carsaig.

Mull & Iona Ranger Service T: 01680 300640

Pennyghael T:01681 704232

Scoor & Argyll Estates T:01681 700087

Ardalanish T:01681 700265

Erraid & Knockvologan T:01681 700372


Fionnphort to Malcolm’s Point. 30kms.

Starting from Fionnphort walking south along minor road and then along path through Tireregan estate , which may be overgrown and boggy in places ,passing secluded sandy beaches, over moorland with thickets and deer fence to Cnoc Mor, then onto track to Ardalanish. For more information visit

Farm shop at ARDALANISH. Also Self catering Accommodation by the week. Contact ANNE and ANDREW SMITH. ARDALANISH FARM & ISLE OF MULL WEAVERS Bunessan PA67 6DRT Tel : +44 (0)1681 700 265

Then from Ardalanish continue over moorland and along coastal and forest paths to Malcolm’s Point and the famous Carsaig Arches. For more information and pictures visit

Recent Report. The path through Tireregan estate is very overgrown with bracken in places . This is receiving attention but, in the meantime, walkers from Fionnphort are advised to travel south to Fidden and then east and north to join the A849 and continue to Bunessan. Then drop down to coast and continue.


Malcolm’s Point to Carsaig. 4km

The coastal walk from the impressive sea arches at Carsaig is a tough route over very rocky ground and with some narrow sections of the path prone to landslides which can be avoided by following the rocky shore. Care must be taken if visiting the second arch.


Carsaig to Lochbuie. 10km

The coastal walk links the tiny settlements of Carsaig and Lochbuie by following along the bottom of the cliffs. It has offers great variety from the grassy pastures and fine woodland to impressive cliffs, basalt formations, a sea-stack, caves and many waterfalls. A delight for geologists.

Rough walking along path, mainly grassy, often boggy, and sometimes very rocky near shoreline. Scrambling necessary at one point with some assistance from rope. Be aware that part of the walk is impassable at high tide so you may have to go inland to reach Lochbuie.

Distance: 65.1 km
Inclination: Partly hilly – partly flat

Accomodation on Iona

Our Special Recommendation

Iona Hostel, Lagandorain, Isle of Iona, PA76 6SW

Bunks or single beds. Kitchen and shop nearby. Approx £20 per night

Tel: 01681 700 781



Most of the restrictions for the prevention of the spread of Covid have now been lifted in Scotland and normal pilgrimage activity is now possible. However, when you are planning your pilgrimage, please consult the latest government guidelines and be aware that these can change at short notice.
Most of the restrictions for the prevention of the spread of Covid have now been lifted in Scotland and normal pilgrimage activity is now possible.