, Tobermory, Isle of Mull.
Situated on the northern tip of the Isle of Mull just a short drive out from Tobermory, Glengorm Castle overlooks the Atlantic and has spectacular views towards the Outer Hebrides and back across the Sound of Mull to the Scottish mainland. The Castle is a classic Scottish Victorian pile built in 1860.
Operating as a bed and breakfast, Glengorm Castle is perfect for those seeking peace and a rural retreat. At the same time it is a family home, occupied year-round by the owners and their children. (What lucky children, to live in such a beautiful house in such an amazing location!) Guests have full use of the main hall, sitting room, library and breakfast room, all beautifully decorated in period style. There are open fires in all the public rooms and complimentary whisky in the library. Free wi-fi is available in the hall but doesn’t penetrate through the thick stone walls to other rooms.
Generously large cooked breakfasts are served daily using fresh free range eggs and locally made sausages. Smoked salmon and haddock are supplied from Tobermory. The old stables have been converted to create the Glengorm Coffee Shop selling not just coffee but also fresh baking and lunches. Food is cooked on the premises using produce from the farm and walled garden, and other ingredients sourced from local suppliers. There is also an art gallery above the coffee shop. Glengorm is a strong supporter of local and visiting artists wishing to promote and sell their work.
There are four en-suite rooms and a fifth with a private bathroom adjacent to the bedroom. All of the rooms are large, with notably comfy beds and impressive views. There are sea views from the west and north-facing rooms while the south-facing one faces the front lawn and the surrounding forests of the island. Naturally the rooms feature modern conveniences such as a television, coffee-maker, hair dryer and iPod dock.
There is also an apartment suite with two bedrooms, a sitting room, a kitchen and even a utility room. The suite has access to the original tower built in 1860 and roof access looking over the turrets. Near the top of the tower is the compass room, a secluded chamber that offers views in all four directions across Glengorm, Mull and the Outer Hebrides. Although normally self-catering, breakfast is optionally available in the castle dining room.
The wild landscape of Mull has a magnetic attraction for anyone with a taste for nature. The make the most of walking in the area we recommend one of the guided walks accompanied by expert wildlife rangers who will help you get the most from your visit. As well as the wildlife and farm animals you can see Dun Ara medieval fort, the 4000 year-old standing stones and the lost village of Balliacrach. For visitors less enthused by walking, the Land Rover Safaris will take you past highland cattle and black-face sheep, passing the historic landmarks and opening up the possibility of spotting a white-tailed sea eagle, a golden eagle, one of the elusive sea otters or maybe a majestic red deer stag.