Coronavirus COVID-19 Prevention
One household restriction
On 22nd September 2020 the First Minister of the Scottish Government announced new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. These include a rule on households meeting each other:
“Do not meet people from any other households in your home or another person’s home socially, unless they are in your extended household.”
Back Brae Lodge sleeps one or two adults, with up to two children. Usually this represents one household, so is allowed under the latest measures.
Please bring sheets and towels
We're asking you to bring your own bedsheets and towels for your stay (all pillows and duvets are provided, with freshly laundered undercover protectors). This means that you can be confident laundry will be sanitised to your own standards.
- Bring as many towels as you like.
- Our main bed has a kingsize mattress which ideally accepts a 160x200cm fitted sheet or flat sheet, alternatively a 150x200cm fitted sheet should do.
- The kingsize duvet is 230x220cm, or alternatively there's a standard double duvet needing a 200x200cm cover.
- Sofabed mattresses are each small double 120x190cm, with a standard double duvet needing a 200x200cm cover.
If the coronavirus risk reduces enough in future and we can be confident in offering our full laundry service again, we should be able to cancel this request - we'd let you know shortly before your stay. In the meantime we hope this request is reassuring rather than inconvenient for you. It's due to the extra housekeeping time which is now involved in our enhanced cleaning routine, making sure all areas of the house are properly aired, cleaned and disinfected before your arrival.
You'll have full use of our washing machine and tumble dryer during your stay, and wet things can be hung in the downstairs lobby or outdoor decked area.
Cleaning and hygiene
We want you to be fully confident that you'll arrive in a holiday property that's thoroughly clean, and disinfected for your peace of mind. There'll be a minimum 24-hour vacant window before your arrival, after which our housekeeper will prepare for your stay. Cleaning and disinfecting products will be available at Back Brae Lodge during your stay, so you can maintain hygiene.
As a responsible self catering host and member of the Association of Scotland's Self Caterers, we've followed the ASSC's industry-leading measures for restarting safely and implemented their Enhanced Cleaning Protocols as well as preparing our own risk assessment. We've also signed up to VisitScotland's Good To Go certification for visitor accommodation and committed to Airbnb's Enhanced Cleaning Protocol.
Read the latest CalMac COVID-19 updates and see some Frequently Asked Questions about the current service. Watch a video on safer travel with CalMac and read more about preparing to travel. CalMac ferries are constrained in capacity due to physical distancing requirements. As ferries are public transport, face coverings are currently mandatory on vessels and in port offices, unless you have a medical exemption.
There are no current restrictions on one household travelling together to Tobermory. However, please bear in mind that for us to provide any booked stay in the foreseeable future will depend on any new Scottish Government travel restrictions or Mull island visitor guidance which may come into place for the time of your stay. If you're unable to travel because of national or local restrictions, we'll offer you either a full refund or a change of dates.
- Please be a responsible visitor to the island - read the Mull & Iona COVID-19 Visitor Charter.
- Some practical information from VisitScotland about planning and travelling.
- See all current Transport Scotland advice on how to travel safely.
Eating out and eating in
You may want to bring plenty of supplies for catering for yourselves at Back Brae Lodge, in case restaurants and takeaways have limited capacity. Shopping at the Co-Op is less convenient than usual, as there may be queues at busy times due to social distancing requirements.
Remember your face covering for enclosed public spaces.
- See restaurants, cafes and food shops on nearby Main Street.
- See a list of local food suppliers and a mouthwatering selection of food on offer for delivery and collection from Tobermory and Mull producers.
- See all current Scottish Government guidance on shopping, eating and drinking out.
Although things are not yet back to 'normal' compared to previous years, you'll find that most Mull visitor businesses are ready to receive you, outdoor activities are still on offer, wildlife is thriving and there are plenty of things to do - unless you're putting your feet up in the house with a movie!