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Fishnish

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Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

About

Watch for otters and porpoises in the Sound of Mull

Take a stroll along the coast or sit and watch the Calmac ferry cruise below Morvern's volcanic cliffs. Fishnish is a great place to watch for sea birds like gannets, oystercatchers and terns. If you're lucky you might even spot otters, seals, dolphins or porpoises.

To the east of the car park, you will find the historic harbour of Ceadha Leth Torcail ('the pier of Torquil’s half-share'), where cattle were loaded onto boats and ferried to the mainland to join droves of beasts on the long walk to market in Falkirk.

Guide map to the forests of the Isle of Mull (PDF 4.5MB)

Walking trails (2)

Walking

Fishnish Loop

A short leg stretch through Fishnish Forest while you are waiting for the ferry. Listen out for the noisy chirping of crossbills as they feed in the canopy. 

Mostly firm gravel surface, with a section of uneven grass and earth path. Some parts may be muddy. Moderate slopes with some short steeper sections.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ½ miles / 2.3 km

Allow
¾ hours

Walking

Coastal Trail

Follow the low rocky shore of the Sound of Mull between Fishnish and Garmony. Great views of the Morvern peninsula and an opportunity to see oystercatchers on the rocks.

Uneven grassy and gravel surface, with some rough rocky and earthy sections. Some short steep slopes. Includes narrow sections of boardwalk and several muddy areas.

Strenuous trail grade icon
4 miles / 6.5 km

Allow
2 hours

More information

This trail along the coast and back links Fishnish with the popular picnic spot at Garmony. The oystercatchers  often create an atmospheric mood with their high, piping call.

Activities

Watch for wildlife

Fishnish wildlife hide offers wonderful views over the Sound of Mull to some of the island's more elusive wildlife, such as otters, sea eagles, dolphins, porpoise and whales. Information panels will keep you updated on recent sightings and help you identify each species you spot.

The wildlife hide can be easily located by its 18 foot totem pole, built from the tree that was home to two of Mull's most famous eagle residents - TV stars Skye and Frisa nested in the tree between 2004 and 2006 and produced six chicks. See if you can spot all fourteen animals carved into the wood.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area

If the public toilets at the Fishnish ferry pier are not open, alternative toilets can be found to the west in Salen or east in Craignure.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

From the A849 between Tobermory and Craignure, take the turn-off for the Lochaline Car Ferry. The main car park is on the right about ¼ mile before the ferry terminal.

Using SatNav?

PA65 6BA is the nearest postcode, but it’s on the A849 just west of the turning to the ferry terminal.

Public transport

Buses between Craignure and Tobermory stop at the turn-off to the ferry terminal, about ½ mile (800 metres) from the forest. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Nearby forests

Binoculars on picnic table

Picnic on Mull's wild coast

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Fishnish': 1.48 miles
A small pool of water standing no a stony shore with natural grass and a sail boat in the water

An ancient 'wishing stone' and a peaceful picnic site

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Fishnish': 3.25 miles
Leaves turning from green to yellow in autumn

Superb views to the hills and over the Sound of Mull

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Fishnish': 3.49 miles

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Phone
0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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