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Dervaig village

The name of the village derives from the Gaelic and Old Norse languages: 'der' meaning 'good or true' and 'aig' from the Old Norse meaning 'creek or inlet'. In fact the area was settled long before the arrival of the Norsemen, as the many standing stones in prominent positions above Dervaig testify. These early settlers made the right choice, and the place has developed remarkably over the years.

The village itself was built in 1799 by the then laird MacLean of Coll as a 'planned village' for his agricultural workers, and originally had 26 houses with gardens and areas of common grazing.  But despite this clearance the village survived, and eventually it had two inns, a bakery, a shop, a Post Office and a smithy.

In 1898 a Reading Room was opened, and was used as a village hall for many years before the new hall was built on the road to Tobermory in 2000. This building is now a well-stocked licensed grocer and Post Office, and there is another shop called 'Coffee and Books' in the main street.

The church dominates the entrance to Dervaig village, and because of the Celtic design of its 'pencil' tower looks older than it actually is. It is the second church to be built on this site; it was designed in 1904 by the architect P MacGregor Chalmers of Glasgow as a simple rectangular building with a tall, circular tapering tower with a conical cap at its west end. The stone came from a quarry at Mornish (on the road to Calgary), and it has very fine stained glass windows recently restored. The church was consecrated in 1905

Dervaig Post Office and Grocery Store

Bellachroy Hotel Tel: 01688 400314 offers evening meals

Dervaig Coffee and Book Shop


  1. Glengorm Shop, Café – Restaurant and Art Gallery (15miles)
  2. The Old Byre. The heritage centre is situated on the opposite side of Glen Bellart, 5 minutes drive from the cottage. Here you can find information on local Dervaig and Isle of Mull history, along with wildlife  information and short films. The gift shop and café provides a wide selection of baking, snacks and gifts made both locally and further afield. There is a play area for smaller children with dressing up clothes and games and seating for parents.
  3. Am Birlinn Restaurant (Tel: 01688 400 619). Open for lunch, dinner and in my mind the best coffee on the island from 12-30a.m. It provides a great selection of fresh Mull produce from both land and sea including wild seasonal items. Family friendly it is located 5 minutes drive from the cottage on the road to Calgary.
  4. The Boathouse Restaurant – Isle of Ulva (Tel: 01688 500 241) One of the Inner Hebrides best kept secrets it is found 20 minutes drive and a short 2 minute boat journey from Ulva Ferry to Ulva. It provides teas and fresh local seafood in a unique location. Book ahead.
  5. Mull Theatre – Based in Druimfin just outside Tobermory on the Salen road is a hub of creativity.
    Check their website www.mulltheatre.com for what’s on during your visit and book up before you arrive.
  6. An Tobar –Based in Tobermory overlooking the bay An Tobar is a café and art gallery by day and provider of music and film by night.
    Check their website www.antobar.co.uk for a list of events during your stay. The intimate venue often books out quickly for the great variety of local and international talent who play there. You won’t get closer to your favourite performers unless you have them home for tea ! Not to be missed.
  7. Calgary Beach. 10 minutes by car
    Frachadil House Art Gallery (Tel: 01688 400 259) Situated just this side of Calgary as you drive from Dervaig. Andy and Helen Mortley are both professional artists who work in painting, printmaking, sculpture and jewelry inspired by the landscape, flora and fauna of Mull. Please ring for opening times as these can vary with their work commitments.
  8. Producers Markets. These happen regularly in the village halls throughout the year and details of where and when will be posted on the local notice boards.
  9. West Ardhu Forest Enterprise
    This is within walking distance of the property and can be made in a circular fashion. From the cottage it will probably take between 60 and 90 minutes depending on walking speed.
    childrens TV series Balamory was filmed in Tobermory just 8 miles from Dervaig and is a must for all little children!! There is a street map of Balamory showing all the homes of the 'stars' in the cottage for the children!! Souvenirs can be bought in Tobormory at the Post Office and Spar Corner Shop. Kilninian Walk This is a long walk that requires either dropping or collecting from either end of the walk. The entrance to this walk is on the Dervaig to Calgary road.
  11. Wildlife and Bird Watching Trips and Safaris
    At 'Island Encounter' Richard can offer you one of the most exciting and satisfying wildlife days out to be had in the United Kingdom. Whether you are staying on the Isle of Mull, or the mainland, come and join us and enjoy wonderful scenery and fantastic wildlife with Richard your guide of ten years experience conducting wildlife safaris on the beautiful Isle of Mull.
  12. Mull Birds
    For birdwatchers with an interest in Isle of Mull and the Argyll islands. Species list, photographs, accommodation, latest reports, birding locations.
  13. Wildlife Bird Watching Trips
    Daily Seabird and Wildlife Cruisetours are available from Ulva Ferry, Isle of Mull. Tours include Iona days, Fingal's Cave, Staffa Wonders and the Treshnish Isles Seabird and Seal Sanctuary.
  14. Whale Watching Trips
    Whale watching, wildlife and sightseeing boat trips on a daily basis from the Isle of Mull, ideally situated to cruise the inner Hebridean waters and seek out the magnificent minke whale and other cetaceans that inhabit these waters
  15. Mull Railway
    This is a must for all small and large children alike. Return trips run from Craignure to Torosay Castle and gardens or go one way and enjoy the leisurely walk back through the woods and watch the ferry coming and going. On a sunny day take a picnic and make a day of it.
  16. Riding
    Killiechronan pony trekking. For bookings Tel: 07748807447.
    Are you interested in painting/photography ? Bring your equipment with you. I challenge you to find a more amazing array of nature, scenery or sunsets anywhere in the world !
  17. Attractions, Trips and Walks  
    Mull Wildlife Week takes place annually in the second week of May. Check out the Wild Isles a collaboration between local wildlife tour operators and enthusiasts which aims to encourage both locals and visitors to experience and learn more about the diversity of wildlife in and around Mull and Iona. www.wildisles.co.uk
  18. Dervaig Bridge Walk. A short stroll from the cottage to Dervaig Bridge can provide the rewards of a stunning sunset over the loch. During the darker evenings the drumming of Snipe and the pneumatic brrring of a Grasshopper Warbler can clearly be heard on the river banks. The red deer can be seen wading across the loch opposite the cottage and grazing beside the road in the long grass by the river. Spring brings the families of geese out for and evening swim, otters in the bay and loch opposite the cottage and the heron out fishing at the river mouth for his supper. White tailed Sea Eagles can be seen in the skies above the cottage often being bombarded by the other smaller birds.
  19. Star Gazing. The winter skies over Dervaig are uninterrupted by light pollution and provide some of the most spectacular star gazing available. A visit to the island in the off season can provide many treasures hidden from the summer visitor and a short break at this time can be well worth the visit.
  20. Discover Mull Wildlife Tours (Tel: 01688 400 415) is based in Dervaig and provides fascinating and convenient tours starting and ending on your doorstep. They cover the wildlife, historical and geological sites of interest and include good home baking and cooking provided by Pam and Arthur Brown.
  21. Longer Walks- West Ardhu. Suitable for dogs. This can be reached by a 2 minute car journey for a shorter walk or if walking from the cottage will take between 60 -90mins roundtrip.
  22. Quinnish Forestry Walk – Suitable for dogs. Take the Tobermory Road out of Dervaig. Before leaving the village turn Left into Kilmore Terrace through the houses and round the corner for approx 400 metres. Round the bend beyond the houses is a car parking area and access to the forest walks which stretch as far as Glengorm in the North.
  23. Kilninian Walk – Not suitable for dogs as goes through hillside with sheep. This is a long walk that requires dropping off or collecting from either end of the walk. The entrance to the walk is about 10 minutes drive from the cottage on the Calgary road. It is found on the Left of the road about 1 mile past Am Birlinn Restaurant before the parking area for Langamull on the Right of the road.
  24. Turus Mara – Whale watching, wildlife and sightseeing and island trips. Tours include Iona days, Fingal’s Cave, Staffa Wonders and the Treshnish Isles Seabird and Seal Sanctuary. Turus Mara is a family run local business. These are excellent tours and you might be lucky enough to see whales, basking sharks and dolphins. A packed lunch is advisable. Dogs are welcome on many of these boat trips. www.turusmara.com Tel: 01688 400297.
  25. Mull Eagle Hide – located on Lock Frisa this provides an opportunity to view the Sea Eagles nesting in their natural habitat along with information on these amazing birds. Visits should be booked in advance. Tel:
  26. Iona – This is a long day trip by car and will need and early rise to make the best of the day. The drive to Fionnaphort is approx 1 ¾ hours from Dervaig followed by a short 10 minute boat crossing to the island. The Abbey and island itself are spectacular. There is a small restaurant located on the island along with some art and craft shops.
  27. Castles – Duart and Torosay castles are located near Craignure and provide interesting historical information in dramatic settings beside the Sound of Mull. 
  28. Local Events - A variety of regular and one off local events take place in the local village halls around the island. These include producers markets where the island produce can be sampled , family ceilidhs and others events of interest. These are advertised on the local notice boards in each village and also may be listed in Round and About an island magazine available in any shop.


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Glen Cottage
Dervaig, Isle of Mull.