Arrival and departure times
Please find information about transport to Erraid here.
The last stage of your arrival and the first stage of your departure is by boat by one of our members. On the Saturday of your arrival we can boat you over between 2 pm and 5 pm. People who come on the Findhorn bus will be boated over in the morning. Departure on Saturday is between 8.30 am and 11 am.
Arriving by public transport
If you are coming by public transport you will be arriving by bus at Fionnphort, where you will be picked up by one of the Erraid members. Please get out at the last stop, where one of us will meet you in our mini bus. We will take you to our jetty on Mull and then over to Erraid by boat, which is only a five minute boat ride. Please find more information about travelling by public transport here.
If you are coming to visit in the wintertime, please make sure that you will be in Fionnphort around 2 pm as we can’t boat you over in the dark. In the wintertime 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. 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. In that case we will bring wellies for you. If you come and visit us in the winter it’s good 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 left Erraid on the mainland.
You will 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 have a lot of guests you might share your room. Bed linen and towels are provided.
Most of our meals are vegetarian. You can help yourself to breakfast in your cottage. We offer shared lunches at 12.30 in our dining room on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Shared dinners are at 18.00 on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There are no shared meals on Sunday and Wednesday. There will be food provided to cook your own meals or you are welcome to help yourself to left-overs from previous meals.
We have wonderful outside composting toilets with beautiful views. In 2017 the owners of the island have installed indoor toilets. However in busy guest weeks the sewage system can feel a bit overwhelmed so we kindly ask to keep using the composting toilets, especially during the day.
Things to bring
– If possible bring a backpack instead of a suitcase (especially in wintertime)
– 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 some of ours)
– You don’t need to bring sheets, towels or 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.