From Ardnamurchan to the Isle of Mull - the scenic route!
The Tobermory ferry is a non-bookable car and passenger service with a crossing time of about 35 minutes, between the small village of Kilchoan on the mainland Ardnamurchan peninsula, and Tobermory, the main town on the island of Mull. The service is run by Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridean & Clyde Ferries (CalMac).
Fares decreased by almost 60% when the cheaper Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) fares were introduced by CalMac in 2015. The return fare for a car with two adult passengers is currently £28.30. Children are half price or free, while trailers or larger vehicles are a higher fare.
Ferry to Tobermory on Mull from Kilchoan (mainland Ardnamurchan)
This Tobermory ferry from Ardnamurchan is the longest route from the south, but overall probably the most scenic way to get to Mull. This is a non-bookable service (crossing time 35 minutes), also via the Corran Ferry, and with more beautiful scenery going through Strontian and then the Ardnamurchan Peninsula & Loch Sunart. This route is a similar driving distance to the Lochaline-Fishnish ferry route (from Strontian) but the ferry arrives right into the heart of Tobermory and only a couple of minutes' walk from Back Brae Lodge.
See more Tobermory ferry information.
See the CalMac Summer 2019 timetable for ferry sailings between Kilchoan and Tobermory (from 29th March 2019).
“Many of Scotland's west coast ferries provide lifeline services for islands by linking them with parts of the mainland. There's a sense in which the ferry from Tobermory on Mull to Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula is different. This ferry provides a lifeline service for one of the most remote parts of the Scottish mainland by linking it to the largest settlement on an island…”
Driving directions to the Tobermory ferry
Use postcode PH36 4LJ for your satnav.
This route is a similar distance from Strontian to the Lochaline-Fishnish ferry route, but the Tobermory ferry arrives right into the heart of the town and only a couple of minutes' walk from Back Brae Lodge. The most popular ferry to Mull, and the fastest travel time from the south, is the Oban-Craignure ferry route.
From Fort William, Oban, Tyndrum and the South or East
Travel on the A82 to the scenic Corran-Ardgour Ferry between Ballachulish and Fort William. Cross the fast-moving Corran Narrows, turn left off the ferry and drive on about 15 miles to Strontian. Continue another 10 miles to Salen and follow the directions below.
From Isle of Skye and Mallaig, or a longer alternative route from Fort William
Travel on the A830 - south for 17 miles from Mallaig, or west for 27 miles from Fort William - to Lochailort. Turn onto the A861 and travel 21 miles through Glenuig and Acharacle to Salen.
(The Ardnamurchan one, not the Salen on Mull…)
Turn off onto the narrow single-track B8007 for another 20 miles along the Ardnamurchan peninsula to Kilchoan. This is a beautiful wee road alongside the sea-loch Loch Sunart, but winding and up-and-down in many places. Allow plenty of time, take it easy and be aware of single-track road etiquette! You'll find the Tobermory ferry easily by continuing on Pier Road once you reach the Kilchoan Community Centre.
If you carry on past Kilchoan you'll reach the most westerly point of the British mainland - Ardnamurchan Point & Lighthouse.