Driving on the Isle of Mull. A guide by Luxury Mull

Posted July 24, 2019

Mull is a wonderful island to explore by road. The scenery is breath taking in every direction and the roads are generally quiet, at least when compared to more heavily populated areas of the United Kingdom. However, with the majority of roads around the island being single track and only wide enough for one car from verge to verge, a slightly different approach to driving is needed.

Here are a few general tips from Luxury Mull to help you along your way:

Take your time, concentrate, but relax.
The roads are narrow, twisting and have blind summits in places. So drive within your limits and with care. An approaching car may be just around the corner.

Wildlife, and not-so-wildlife
Deer, otters, sheep and cows all believe they have right of way on our picturesque roads. For the sake of your paintwork and bumpers it’s generally best not to argue with their point of view. Always drive with the belief that Daisy the Highland cow has a rather immovable backside when she chooses to use the road as her own personal catwalk. And at the smaller scale of all creatures great and small, otters can remain hidden in long roadside grass until the very last second before choosing to step out in front of you.

Passing places.
There are passing places at regular intervals along all single-track roads around the island. They’re denoted by signs or black and white poles. The golden rules are:
1. Let oncoming traffic past and let faster moving traffic from behind come past you at passing places.
2. ALWAYS keep left, no matter which side of the road the passing place is on.
3. Always say thank you with a wave, whether passing or letting someone else past. It’s the island way!
4. Be prepared to reverse. Sometimes you may meet another vehicle between passing places. Sometimes it may appear that it would be easier for the other vehicle to reverse than it is for you. But remember, the other driver may not be as confident or be driving an unfamiliar hire car, for example. Don’t have a standoff, select reverse, smile and wave. Set the example, you’ll have a better day.
5. Passing places are not for picnics, so don’t park in them and get out a flask and a couple of deckchairs. It doesn’t go down too well.
6. Make your intentions known early on. Don’t keep driving towards another vehicle until the very last moment. Pull into a passing place in good time.

Stay on the road.
Verges and roadsides are often soft or may be hiding a low wall or bolder. It can be tempting to try and squeeze past each other if meeting another vehicle between passing places but it can prove to be costly so why take the chance.

Use your mirrors.
People have different reasons for being on the road – some are taking in the scenery while others are rushing for the ferry. Check your mirrors regularly and be prepared to let others past.

Mull is a wonderful island to enjoy by road and you don’t need to be nervous if single-track roads are something new to you. Keep left at passing places, plan ahead and think of others. It’s quite simple really.

For more information visit Scottish Info and click on:

An animated guide to driving on Mull

*Finally…..Luxury Mull is not a qualified driving advisor and the text above is provided as a general guide only. Drive safely.

Share this post

More from the blog

Shorter Winter Days and Photo Opportunities

Posted December 18, 2019

As the nights draw in and Mull becomes a little quieter the island remains a landscape photographer's paradise. The light becomes softer and the colours deepen.

Read more

A Guide to Sea Fishing at The White House of Aros 

Posted October 18, 2019

From the Aros River Estuary to the Boat House Pier there are many opportunities for guest to enjoy a spot of sea fishing. A rod, line and a spinner or fresh bait is all that's needed to be landing your first fish.

Read more

Cycling around Mull. A Guide by Luxury Self Catering Mull

Posted August 28, 2019

There are opportunities for cyclists of all abilities and disciplines throughout the Isle of Mull.

Read more

Christmas on Mull – A Guide by Luxury Mull

Posted November 28, 2018

You’re thinking it’d be nice to do something a little different this Christmas. Perhaps a family holiday that everyone will remember for years and years to come. Perhaps even a white Christmas on the Isle of Mull. But is Christmas on Mull really an option? Read on to find out!

Read more

Embrace the Autumn, Love the Winter!

Posted November 2, 2018

As the summer of 2018 becomes a fond memory the leaves begin to fall and Mull takes on a different mood. The wind blows and the rivers swell, but now is the time that many say the island's at its best.

Read more

Mull for food lovers

Posted September 24, 2018

The Isle of Mull is renowned for its spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife, but food is a subject less often talked about. Well, we can assure you that whether you be a wildlife lover or food lover (or both!), you will be equally happy.

Read more

The Wonderful Salen Show!

Posted August 1, 2018

The Isle of Mull’s annual agricultural, horse, food and craft show will be held at the Salen Showground, Aros, Salen on the Thursday 09th August 2018.

Read more


Posted April 11, 2018

The season is well under way with our new exciting property open and booked, see the photos.................It is great to see the sun and here are afew photos on the Estate.

Read more

Current situation with Covid-19

Unfortunately, we are no longer taking new bookings for the foreseeable future in the light of guidance against non essential travel. We will review this as Government travel advice changes.








Contact us

Current situation with Covid-19

Unfortunately, we are no longer taking new bookings for the foreseeable future in the light of guidance against non essential travel. We will review this as Government travel advice changes.








Contact us