Well, Storm Erik you’ve got a lot to answer for! As the storm hurtled towards the UK coastline, we had to hastily rearrange our travel plans. Originally we were going to stay in Oban overnight on the Thursday and catch the ferry on the Friday morning but with forecasted gusts of up to 60mph, Mother Nature had other plans. A few phone calls later we had changed the ferry and were able to check in to our accommodation a night early so travelled across on the Thursday instead. With a quick supplies (Prosecco) shop and mad dash to Oban we caught the 4pm ferry across to Craignure.
It’s really quite strange to see the ferry terminal so quiet compared to when we usually travel over. As a whole it was a great time to visit the island, at times it felt like you had it to yourself and you could go quite a while without seeing any other cars, unlike during the summer time. We’d taken advice from Alex Keivers (Mull Charters) about when to visit the island and despite the weather it was absolutely worth it.
Normally we tend to stay in Tobermory but without our Husband’s in tow we took the opportunity to stay in a more remote location on the south of the Island. We stayed at the Dobhran Croft (pronounced Dorran - the Gaelic word for Otter) in Lochbuie and it was perfect.
After wandering around the wrong cottage garden (oops) we found our pre-lit, heated cottage a little further along the road. There was already some welcome residents in the garden in the form of a rather pretty female Red Deer and her companions. From reading the guest book we discovered this was actually Sacha and her friends, the inquisitive deer who sought out the cottage in the hopes of a wee carrot or apple.
Whilst not as friendly as the deer in Glen Etive (which is actually a good thing) they were entertaining and as soon as she saw the lights on in the cottage she came running over the fields to see what we had to offer.