Isle of Muck Bunkhouse

Lochaber

The Isle of Muck is an island on the west coast of Scotland, with a lot to offer. It forms part of the Small Isles, with the neighbouring islands of Canna, Eigg and Rum. It is a wonderful place to get away and relax, and is ideal for families, wildlife enthusiasts, walkers, and anyone who enjoys the outdoors. With white sandy beaches on the doorstep, secluded bays, and an impressive range of wildlife including whales, porpoises, otters, seals, eagles, puffins and much, much, more, what more could you ask for? Who needs to go abroad when there are such hidden treasures here in the UK? The Bunkhouse sleeps up to 8 guests in 4 bedrooms with the option of exclusive use.

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Contact: Georgia Gillies

Address:
Isle of Muck
Port Mor,
Isle of Muck, PH41 2RP
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Tel: 07833195654
Mob:
Grid Ref: 427 794
Beds: 8
Open: All year
Notes: Reductions for groups taking the whole bunkhouse - only £90.00 per night - Advanced booking recommended. - Travel cot and high chair available on request. - Payment by BACS, cash or cheque - we are unable to process credit/debit cards. - Please bring your own sleeping bag and personal towels (unless by prior arrangement). Linen and towels can be hired. Hand towels for the kitchen and bathrooms are provided. - The Bunkhouse is to be left clean and tidy upon departure. - Please bring all food for your own catering (there is no general store on Muck). Though local produce such as Isle of Muck shellfish, lamb, eggs and seasonal vegetables are often available. - There is a Co-op in Mallaig, and Spar shop in Arisaig, and a general store on the Isle of Eigg. You can either purchase supplies before you arrive, or supplies can be sent over on the ferry using these stores). Details will be provided when you make a reservation. - No smoking is permitted in the Bunkhouse. - To reserve the Bunkhouse or for further information please contact Georgia Gillies tel: 07833195654 or email: bunkhouse@isleofmuck.com Visit our website www.isleofmuck.com
Nearest Public Transport: Getting Here: Ferries to and from Muck sail from Mallaig and Arisaig, 40 miles from Fort William. It takes about 2 hours on the ferry, and is all part of your holiday adventure. You may even see a whale or porpoises on the way! The ferries are for passengers only, no car ferry. We'll meet you from the ferry, and it is a short walk to the Bunkhouse. The details are as follows: • Caledonian MacBrayne (MV Loch Nevis) - www.calmac.co.uk tel: 01687 310240 option 2. Email: mallaig@calmac.co.uk. NB. Summer timetable sails to/from Muck Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun. Winter timetable sales to Muck Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat. • Arisaig Marine (MV Sheerwater) - www.arisaig.co.uk tel: 01687 450224. Email: info@arisaig.co.uk. NB. Sailings are only between April - September, sailing to/from Muck on a Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun, leaving Arisaig at 11am.
Nearest Shop/Pub: The Craft Shop & Tearoom is open April-September (please tel: 07908956822 to enquire about opening times), and sells homemade soups, sandwiches, toasties and cakes. A great place for morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas. The Craft Shop also sells some crafts and stocks a few provisions. - The Green Shed, Isle of Muck (sells local crafts) www.thegreenshed.net - Provisions can be sent over on the ferry from the following stores. Details will be provided when a reservation is made. - General Store, Isle of Eigg - Spar, Arisaig - Co-op, Mallaig

Isle of Muck Hostel Accommodation on the idyllic Small Isles, Inner Hebrides

The Bunkhouse is a self-catering hostel (sleeps 8, 4 bedrooms (1 double and 3 bunk rooms)), which can also be hired as a holiday cottage. It is situated in the bay of Port Mor, with views of the bay and Ardnamurchan on the mainland. An ideal base from which to explore the island, whether you're travelling on your own, as a bigger group, or with your family. It is close to the piers, The Craft Shop & Tearoom and to the island's Community Hall. 

Kitchen/diner/sitting room - A light and airy space with solid oak flooring throughout, benefitting from passive solar gain throughout the day. The perfect space to chat to other visitors about their travels, or spend time with family and friends. The kitchen is fully-equipped with breakfast bar, gas cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine, toaster and kettle

Bedroom 1: A comfortable double bed with bedside table and underbed storage.

Bedrooms 2, 3 & 4: Comfortable bunkbeds with bedside table, and underbed storage. 

Bathrooms: There are two toilets and a cubicle power shower.

Wi-fi (fast) is throughout the property. There are also a selection of cards, games, radio and books.

Location: The Bunkhouse is easily accessible being a few minutes walk from the piers tearoom and Community Hall. It is nestled on the shore of Port Mor bay on the south side of the island, with a picnic table and open views, and only 1/2 mile walk to Cairidh beach and bay, and 1 mile walk to the beaches at Gallanach. 

The Isle of Muck

Walking
Muck is easy to walk around, with its rolling fertile landscape, and an interesting island to explore, along with spectacular views of other islands and the mainland. The highest point is Beinn Airein (at 451ft) which is a relatively easy walk to the top (more challenging from the west side). Other walks might include visiting the seal colony, white sandy beaches, Horse island at low tide, or Bagh, a renovated black house.  There is some opportunity for rock climbing on the island, at Camas Mor. A map of island walks is available from the Craft Shop.

Cycling
Bikes are an ideal way to travel from one end of the island to the other, and visitors are very welcome to bring their bikes. The road is just over 1 mile long, and an easy cycle.

On the Water
Gallanach bay provides a beautiful safe harbour for water sports, and visitors are more than welcome to bring sailing dinghy’s, diving gear and other water sports equipment. The waters around Muck offer some excellent diving opportunities. Mackerel are usually plentiful in July and August.

Wildlife
Muck has a rich and diverse wildlife. For full details please refer to the Isle of Muck Guide Book, available from the Craft Shop. Around 40 species of birds breed regularly on Muck, and a further dozen or so occasionally. The marine life is particularly rich and interesting due to the Gulf Stream, and includes a number of crabs, small purple sea urchins, and the only British Coral, the “Cup Coral”. Grey Atlantic seals are commonly seen around the shores and Common seals occasionally. Porpoises and Minke whales are also commonly seen, and Basking sharks can also be spotted in late summer (these are plankton feeders and perfectly harmless!).  A number of species were never introduced to Muck, including deer and rabbits.

Community Events
Anyone visiting the island is always more than welcome to attend any ceilidhs, quiz nights, or other social functions that might be taking place whilst you are on the island. 

 

ABOUT THE ISLE OF MUCK

Is there a shop?
No, there is no shop on the island, but there is a tearoom which opens April-Sept, and you can purchase local produce such as shellfish, eggs, meat and seasonal vegetables.

Is there somewhere to eat?
Yes, the The Craft Shop & Tearoom is open during the season, April - Sept, for lunches and afternoon teas, and both Gallanach Lodge and Port Mor Guest House offer evening meals during the season. Advanced booking essential.

Can I bring a car, camper van or motor bike?
No, island residents are only able to bring their car onto the island, unless you are a registered disabled person. We will meet you from the ferry and help you with your luggage and provisions.

Can I hire a bike?
No, but the ferries are able to transport bikes.

What is there to do?
Wildlife watching (whales, sharks, dolphins, porpoises, otters), bird-watching including puffins and eagles, fishing, walks and adventures to the many coastal bays, picnicking, sea swimming, snorkelling, photography, beach play, beachcombing and relaxation, patting the Highland ponies, visiting the Tearoom, games at the Community Hall, ceilidhs and folk music (when on offer), soaking up the views and generally unwinding. Charters to other islands are also possible. Please visit our website www.isleofmuck.com for further details.

How long does it take to walk across the island?
The road is only just over a mile long, so about 20 minutes, but there is a vast amount of the island to explore with hidden bays, beaches, and even a natural swimming pool!

Can I walk anywhere?
Yes, but be mindful of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Are there midges?
Midges aren't much of a problem with there not being large areas of woodland and wetlands. If it is a humid or a still evening, you may experience the odd bite, but on the whole there is usually a sea breeze, and they don't have an impact day to day.

How often is the ferry cancelled? 
The ferry can be cancelled due to bad weather (high winds and/or the swell). Cancellations happen more in the winter than in the summer, but it is worth keeping an eye on CalMac's service status webpage. https://www.calmac.co.uk/service-status?route=19

How does Muck generate its own electricity?
Muck has a Community electricity scheme. Our green electricity is generated by 30KW wind turbines, and 30KW photovoltaic panels. The electricity generated charge the battery bank. The Community electricity scheme and Community Hall are both community owned, and managed and maintained by the Community.


Prices

Single Room:

From £22.00 per person per night

From £15.00 per child per night

Double/Twin Room:

From £22.00 per person per night

From £15.00 per child per night

Groups:

From £90.00 whole hostel per night

Exclusive Use:

From £90.00 whole hostel per night

Special Rate:

Tarriffs: - £22 per person per night with your own sleeping bag (£5.00 additional charge for bed linen for the duration of the stay). Towels can also be hired for £5 per person. - £90 per night to book the whole bunkhouse for your sole use. - £500 weekly charge. - All bills are included. - Longer residential stays also available for monthly lets out of season (reasonable monthly rates), suitable for those who would like to work, study or simply relax and be part of a small west coast Community. Payment by BACS, cash or cheque - we are unable to process credit/debit cards.


Reviews (1)

Really well kitted out and fantastic setting

Reviewed on September 9, 2019

A brilliant place to stay! The bunkhouse is really well equipped with a full kitchen (oven, hob, microwave, washing machine, etc) and the space is lovely. As for location, the Isle of Muck is fantastic for anyone who loves to explore, but do also get involved in their community activities. If you're unsure about Muck do just go for it, Georgia is super helpful if you need anything and everyone is friendly. And the bunkhouse is just the perfect place to stay :)

Stayed August 2019