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A working croft on the Isle of Mull where you can buy home-produced seasonal fruit and veg to go with the organic reared meats and eggs, whilst luxuriating in your own private garden or enjoying the views from the open plan living area.

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Rooms: Sleeps 10: 2 s/king/twin + single, 1 s/king/twin, 1 twin
Price:

from £420 to £940 per week; short breaks from £60 per night

Meals: Croft Shop on site, nearest bar and restaurants in Fionnphort, 3 miles by road, 2 miles walking
Open: Year round
Address: Dail an Inbhire, Kintra, Fionnphort, Isle of Mull, PA666BT
Tel: +44(0)1681 700509
 

Why we've chosen Taigh Foise:

Set in its own garden on a working croft, Taigh Foise comfortably sleeps 2-10 people. Its open plan interior gives a luxurious feeling of comfort and light, while the huge windows have wonderful views of seascapes and skies as well as the daily activities on the croft. We keep a small flock of Jacob sheep, hens and we grow a variety of veg and fruit in a sheltered valley. We sell our produce, preserves, baking, eggs and meat directly from our small shop. Visitors are welcome to explore the croft and gardens; five minutes' walk takes you to a wild rocky coastline of pink granite; five minutes' drive to a choice of pristine sandy beaches and Fionnphort - from where boats run to the isles of Iona and Staffa.

Why is this a greener holiday

How do you reduce your draw on energy:

Most of the croft energy needs are generated by wind turbines, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels.

The construction of Taigh Foise uses SIP’s technology – Structural Integrated Panels - giving highly insulated, draught-free living spaces. A NIBE Exhaust Air Heat Recovery converts the warm air from solar gain, electrical appliances and people activity into hot water for underfloor heating and domestic hot water (lots of sun basking, cooking and dancing very acceptable!). The NIBE unit also operates as an air conditioning system giving a complete change of air every two hours.

All the lighting in the house is low energy and most of the electrical equipment is A-rated for energy efficiency.

How you minimise the amount of waste you send to landfill:

Designated containers are provided for glass, paper, plastic and metal recycling together with compost bin. We support the community-led initiative MESS, Mull & Iona Environmentally Sensitive Solutions and their amazing charity shops, Island Castaways, where you can find the latest and most essential fashions or just a good read.

How you reduce your consumption of water:

Showers are available in all bathrooms together with dual flush toilet cisterns. We supply guests with all essential laundry and cleaning Ecover products to keep our septic tank sewage system and reed beds in good order. We encourage using the economy cycles and air drying whenever possible.

How much of the food your serve is sourced locally (where possible):

Our wee shop ‘The Crofters’ Kitchen and Gardens’ offers a huge range of home-grown seasonal vegetables, eggs, meat, preserves, local beef, pork and wild venison together with homemade bread, ready meals and our speciality vegetable cakes alongside a range of organic and/or fairly traded staple goods sourced through GreenCity Wholefoods Co-operative.

Do you actively encourage guests to arrive on foot, by bike and by public transport?:

Information on travelling by public transport to Taigh Foise is covered on the website (currently updating with availability of bike storage shed, latest info on electric bikes available on Mull and Iona and electric car charging points on island). An extensive selection of walking guides are in house for guests use.

Additional information:

Guests are encouraged to explore the croft and to visit the gardens to see for themselves how we cultivate our vegetables and fruit with no pesticides or herbicides, using primarily seaweed, manure fertilisers and composted materials from the croft. Our sheep and chickens range freely on ground visible from the guest accommodation.

Several small areas around the croft were planted with a mix of trees 10-15 years ago. These are now maturing to offer varied habitats for birds and other wildlife. The croft has also taken part in ESA (Environmentally Sensitive Areas) Scheme for 10 years and latterly the Rural Stewardship Scheme protecting and promoting various habitats around the croft by farming in traditional ways.

We promote and support community initiatives and projects relating to the local environment such as Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, Sea Eagle Hide, Mull and Iona Environmentally Sensitive Solutions and Castaways, The Mull and Iona Community Trust, Ross of Mull Organic Gardeners, Sustainable Mull & Iona…and subscribe to national organisations promoting green issues and technologies, including the Centre for Alternative Technology, The Soil Association, Scottish Crofting Federation and WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms)

Top Eco Features at Taigh Foise:

 
  • Most power is provided by wind turbines, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels.

  • Use of SIP’s technology – Structural Integrated Panels - giving highly insulated, draught-free living spaces

  • A NIBE Exhaust Air Heat Recovery converts the warm air from solar gain, electrical appliances and people activity into hot water for underfloor heating and domestic hot water

  • Reed bed system for water filtration

  • Recycling everything possible

  • On site croft shop with home grown organic produce

  • Generally all around good eggs taking part in ESA (Environmentally Sensitive Areas) Scheme for 10 years and latterly the Rural Stewardship Scheme

 

Location

Taigh Foise, Kintra, Isle of Mull, Scotland
Nearest train station: train/bus to Oban; ferry to Craignure; bus to Fionnphort

Directions from station:
Main car ferry route is from Oban to Craignure; a smaller ferry runs from Lochaline to Fishnish - book with www.calmac.co.uk From Craignure the car journey is just over 1 hour on single-track A849, then 2 miles along the road to Kintra. Follow the signs to The Crofters' Kitchen. No car? You can take a bus 496 or 96 from Craignure to Fionnphort, getting off at Kintra road end, then 2 miles walk but we are happy to give you a lift on your arrival and departure.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.