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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.


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Fishnish Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

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


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.

1 ½ miles / 2.3 km

¾ hours


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.

4 miles / 6.5 km

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.


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 & access

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.

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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0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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