Arrival and departure times
Please find information about transport to Erraid here.
Arrival times on Saturday are between 2 pm and 5 pm, except for people who come with the Findhorn bus (when it is running), who will arrive around noon. Winter time arrivals are before 4 pm, as it gets dark earlier.
Departure on Saturday is between 8.30 am and 11 am.
If you are coming to visit in the winter, please make sure that you will be in Fionnphort or at the log pile around 2 pm as we can’t boat over in the dark. In the winter it might be possible that it is too windy to go out in the boat, so there is always a possibility that you might have to walk over to Erraid with your luggage. In that case one of us will come and pick you up in Fionnphort and take you to a farm on Mull from where we can walk onto Erraid. Most of the time that is possible as Erraid is a tidal island. So you will be walking through fields and over the beach. It is great if you can bring your own wellies. It is also a good idea to bring a rucksack instead of a suitcase, just in case…
Especially in the wintertime you might not be able to make the journey to Erraid in one day. That means that you might have to spend the night before your arrival and the night after you leave Erraid on the mainland.
Due to Covid social distancing restrictions you will have a house for yourself.
If you are staying for more than a fortnight, we will then ask you to move to live in shared accommodation. Most of the old lighthouse keepers’ cottages we live in are the home to one of our community residents. Each house has two side rooms for guests. Each of the side rooms has two beds and the two rooms are connected through a door. Most of the time you will be able to have one of the side rooms to yourself, but if we are fully booked you might share your room. If you are a retreat guest you will always have a room to yourself.
Bed linen and towels are provided.
You can help yourself to breakfast in your cottage. We cook communal lunches at 12.30 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Communal dinners are at 18.00 on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Most of our meals are vegetarian. When we serve meat there will always be a vegetarian option available. There are no communal meals on Sunday and Wednesday.
In the first two weeks of your stay with us, when you will be in retreat, we will deliver food to your house when we are cooking communal meals. After two weeks you will be able to join us in the dining room.
You will have food provided to cook your own meals on the other days.
We have wonderful outside composting toilets with beautiful views. In 2017 the owners of the island have installed indoor toilets in the cottages in our street, although not in Pier Cottage. However in periods of drought all of us use the composting toilets, which are out the back of the houses, in order to conserve water.
Things to bring
– If possible bring a backpack instead of a suitcase (especially in winter)
– Indoor shoes or slippers
– Warm clothes
– Wellington boots (you can borrow some of ours if you don’t want to carry yours)
– Waterproof jackets and trousers (you can also borrow these but having your own may be more comfortable)
– A torch, especially in winter when it gets dark early
– Cash if you would like to purchase candles or snacks from our shop
You don’t need to bring sheets, towels or a sleeping bag.
Things to do before your stay
– Please fill in the booking form before your arrival informing us of any food allergies, animal allergies and medical needs. We also appreciate a short introduction of yourself.
– Please pay the £100 non-refundable deposit by providing your credit card details or making a transfer to our bank account. The deposit confirms your booking.
Please consider taking a rapid lateral flow Covid test before your visit to ensure you test negative. This is advised by the Scottish government for all visitors to the Scottish islands.