How to get here
By boat from The Netherlands to the United Kingdom
If traveling from the Netherlands, there is a very good connection by boat. DFDS runs a daily service between IJmuiden and Newcastle which departs in the afternoon. You will sail partly as you sleep, arriving in Newcastle in the morning. Add glorious sea views and invigorating sea air and it’s the best way to travel by far. From Newcastle, you can reach Knockvologan by car by the evening. If you travel by public transport it will take you one day more. The best is then to stay overnight in Oban. Book your Newcastle - Edinburgh ticket in advance at LNER and a ticket for Edinburgh - Oban at TRAINLINE or SCOTRAIL. Always book your tickets separately and as a return. That saves you a lot.
By plane from Amsterdam to Glasgow
If you don’t have time for slow green traveling it is possible to reach Knockvologan within one day. Throughout the week KLM offers a 08:00 flight from Schiphol directly to Glasgow. At Glasgow, you can take a train or hire a car. If your flight is later in the morning or afternoon you will have to spend the night in Glasgow or Oban and you will arrive with us the next day.
By train or bus from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Oban
There are four trains a day between Glasgow Queen St station and Oban. We recommend booking at SCOTRAIL because the service is better but sometimes you can find cheaper tickets at TRAINLINE so it’s worth having a look. If you travel by train you will probably not arrive in time to take the last ferry to Craignure. There are many places to stay overnight in Oban.One recommendation is Mrs McDougall’s’ B&B Harbour View which is opposite the Railway Station and the Ferry Pier where Caledonian MacBrayne operate ferry services to many of the Hebridean Islands, including the Isle of Mull. The next morning, after a real Scottish breakfast you continue your journey over The Firth of Lorn to Mull by boat.
There are three buses a day between Glasgow Buchanan St bus station and Oban. Scottish Citylink is Scotland's largest provider of coach services linking over 200 towns and cities across the country. The Explorer Pass allows travel on any Citylink service within Scotland at any time within the validity of the pass.
By car from Oban/Lochaline/Kilchoan to Knockvologan
Three ferry routes link Mull to the mainland. Most travellers arrive using the route from Oban to Craignure. However, you may wish to consider the alternative routes of Lochaline (Morvern) to Fishnish or Kilchoan (Ardnamurchan) to Tobermory depending on your travel plans. Click through to book and see the current [Calmac] ferry timetables. Details of times and costs can be obtained from the [link] website. From Oban there are up to eight sailings a day in summer (Easter to mid-October). In winter, five to six sailings per day, according to the day of the week.
On your arrival on Mull, turn left off the ferry and drive along the A849 (all single-track road) for 37 miles, through Bunessan to Fionnphort. Drive carefully; Mull sheep and Highland cattle use the road too. At the very end of the road, after one hour of splendid views, you come into Fionnphort .Turn left following the sign to Fidden/ Knockvologan. Bear left at the Fidden Farm and campsite. Continue along the winding road for about another 2 miles. You will go up a steep hill then pass another two houses on your right. Knockvologan Studies is the next house on your left - a small white house with an ash tree in the garden decorated with buoys. You can park off-road at the front of Knockvologan Studies. Welcome to the very end of the Ross of Mull - you have arrived.
From the ferry to Knockvologan by public transport
If you travel by public transport you can continue your journey via a bus service 496. On your arrival at Craignure you will see the coaches (white or red) operated by West Coast Motors waiting on the left at the end of the ferry pier as you walk off the ferry. Make sure you get on the bus going to Fionnphort/ Iona Ferry. The bus journey takes just over an hour passing along Loch Don and Loch Spelve, through the impressive Glen, along the otter rich coastline of Loch Scridain, and along the Ross of Mull to the bus terminal at Fionnphort near the pier where the ferry crosses for Iona.If you are planning on using public transport, let us know ahead of time by email and we will pick you up from the Fionnphort. Its most helpful if you can call us from the ferry so we know which us to expect you on. If traveling out of season (October – March), check travel plans carefully as the frequency of many services can be substantially reduced at this time. Particularly on Sundays.You can buy a single or return ticket in the bus for about ten pounds.
At all times: Keep a close eye on the weather forecast. If gales are predicted check CalMac Status for details about sailing and non-sailing vessels. Most of the time this will be announced one day ahead.
Knockvologan Studies discourages to travel in the weekends because of the reduction of available buses, ferries and trains.
Monday is the best day to leave the island. A very early school bus at 06:20 brings you to the first ferry which makes it possible to take the 8:57 train from Oban to Glasgow Queen Street.