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4 bedroom cottage for sale

Rubha nan Gall Tobermory, Isle Of Mull, PA75 6PR

Sold STCM £225,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Former lighthouse keeper’s cottage
  • Spectacular views across the Sound of Mull
  • Secluded location
  • 1 mile of shorefront

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The former keeper’s cottage occupies a stunning position around a mile north of Tobermory, accessed via the “Old Road”, a winding hillside footpath leading from the town to the Rubha Nan Gall lighthouse, but within walking distance of the town’s colourful harbour and Main Street and all the facilities and amenities available. There are simply stunning views across the Sound of Mull to the western shores of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.

The Isle of Mull
The second largest of the Inner Hebrides, Mull is a highly accessible island, being reached by a forty-five minute vehicular ferry from Oban. Services from Lochaline on Morvern and Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan peninsula are also available. There is a small airstrip at Glenforsa suitable for private aircraft and a main line train service from Glasgow to Oban, with some trains connecting with the ferry.

The colourful harbour town of Tobermory is a popular tourist destination and as such provides an excellent range of dining, cultural and shopping opportunities as well as standard services, including a medical centre, churches, a high school with a primary section, and good sports facilities including a scenic nine-hole golf course and tennis court.

Outside the buzz of Tobermory, the Isle of Mull boasts an extraordinary and diverse scenery. From the dramatic Gribun cliffs and the shark-fin peak of Ben More to the white sands of Calgary Bay, Mull has undoubted appeal for all. A multitude of sea lochs give Mull over 500km of coastline to be explored by kayaks, yachts, divers or on land by foot or mountain bike. The awe-inspiring landscape is also a strong lure for artists of every discipline.

Accompanying the varied scenery is a range of wildlife. Mull is home to a variety of rare birds including golden eagles, white-tailed sea eagles and hen harriers. The island is famous for its roaming herds of red deer, and otters may be seen dining on brown trout on the Ross of Mull or playing in secluded bays. Cetacean – and shark – watching trips are a favourite with tourists, as are trips to the Treshnish Isles to visit the local puffin and seal populations, or to Staffa to admire the stunning geology of Fingal’s Cave.

Due to its size and diverse range of attractions, Mull has a longer tourist season than many of the other Hebridean islands, still receiving large numbers of visitors into October. The island also hosts a number of music and arts festivals throughout the year, plus the Tour of Mull Rally.

On leaving the ferry terminal at Craignure, take the A849 sign-posted to Salen. Continue for approximately 22 miles until you come to the small roundabout at Tobermory. Follow the sign for Main Street at the roundabout and park as close to the ferry pier as possible. Proceed on foot along the path leading up the hill from the ferry pier beside the lifeboat station. Follow the path carefully for around a mile until reaching the Rubha Nan Gall lighthouse, and the cottage is on the left.

The lighthouse and cottages at Rubha Nan Gall were originally built in 1857 by David and Thomas Stevenson with a painted stone exterior and set under a slate roof. Originally designed as two semi-detached houses, the property now comprises a single, spacious dwelling, but otherwise remains almost exactly as it would have appeared when it was first occupied, with no mains electricity, water or sewer connections. Water is from a private spring, heat is provided by solid fuel fires or stoves, cooking by stove or gas, and light by paraffin lamps or gas lamps.

Internally, the property is entered via two timber double doors, each leading to an L-shaped hallway, with all of the main apartments accessed off one of these halls. The sitting room has a window to the front and there is a wood fire surround and mantel with a cast-iron inset and stone hearth which houses an open fire. The parlour also has a window to the front and a Doric style stove set in the fireplace. The kitchenette, with Belfast-style sink and front facing window is accessed from the parlour.

To the rear are two large bedrooms, each with an original fireplace and stove and rear-facing windows with wooden shutters.

The remaining accommodation is accessed from the sitting room via the study, with rear facing window to the second hallway, off which are the third and fourth bedrooms. One bedroom has a front facing window and original fireplace together with an en-suite WC with modern low-level cistern and wash hand basin. The other bedroom has a rear facing window, and again original features such as the fireplace and wooden shutters.

The washroom and stores are accessed externally.

Externally, the house and garden are enclosed within a stone wall. The garden has previously included an extremely productive vegetable patch together with areas of grass and a variety of shrubs, trees and bushes, and benefit from the magnificent views past the lighthouse and across the Sound of Mull towards Ardnamurchan.

Included within the subjects of sale is a large area of land extending to some 32 Hectares (80 acres) and including areas of grazing/farm land and steep, wooded slopes running down to the shore, through which the “Old Road” leads to Tobermory town. For the avoidance of doubt, the lighthouse and access pier are excluded from the subjects of sale, however the property does benefit from the right to use the landing jetty to afford access from the sea.

The accommodation with approximate sizes (for guidance purposes only) is as follows:

Step up to main door

Doors to sitting room, parlour and bedrooms one and two.

Sitting Room 3.96m x 3.49m

Parlour 5.22m x 3.66m (both max)

Kitchenette 2.16m x 1.37m (both max)

Bedroom 1 4.09m x 3.66m

Bedroom 2 4.26m x 3.50m (both max)

Study 4.27m x 3.51m (both max)

Second Hall
Second entrance door and access to study and bedrooms three and four.

Bedroom 3 4.02m x 3.66m

Bedroom 4 5.19m x 3.66m (both max)

En-Suite WC 2.15m x 1.37m


Wood Store 3.82m x 3.21m

Washroom 3.18m x 2.27m

Workshop 4.13m x 2.09m

Fuel Store 4.14m x 3.27m

Lime Store 3.5m x 2.77m

Two additional stores

Private water
Private drainage

PA75 6PR

Council Tax
Band “E”

Closing Date
A closing date may be set for the receipt of offers and interested parties should note their interest in the property.

Entry will be by mutual agreement.

Viewing is strictly by appointment through the sole selling agents. Prior to making an appointment to view, we strongly recommend that you discuss any particular points which are likely to affect your interest in the property with a member of our staff.

Fitted carpets, floor coverings, curtains, blinds and all permanent fixtures as described in the sales particulars are included in the sale.

Particulars and Photographs May/June 2013

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17 July 2013

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