MacKinnon's Cave, near Gribun

MacKinnon's Cave is reckoned to be the longest sea cave in all the Hebrides. This short but challenging walk visits the cave, once regarded as one of the showplaces of Mull and visited by Johnson and Boswell. The coastal setting is superb but the walk crosses awkward slippery boulders and is only accessible below half tide. A torch is essential to explore the cave.


Boggy in places on approach to coast. The final short sections along the coastline involve some very awkward going across slippery boulders. This section is tidal so great care is needed to ensure you can visit the cave - and return!

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Parking area near Balmeanach. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

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