Leave the car behind and get your walking boots on – Burg can only be reached on foot.
Clamber down an iron ladder on the side of a cliff to access the beach.
Marvel at MacCulloch’s fossil tree – a 50-million-year-old imprint of a tree trunk in the cliffs.
Look out for golden eagles, feral goats, red deer and otters.
Pay attention to any tiny flutterbys – Burg is home to the rare slender Scotch burnet moth.
Escape modern life with a visit to Burg, a breathtaking example of Hebridean wilderness.
Exposed to the forces of the Atlantic Ocean, this peninsula on the Isle of Mull is the place to come face-to-face with the power of nature. Burg’s landscape is one of dramatic contrasts, with steep and craggy uplands, grassy lowlands and a rocky coastline. Fossil fiends will be captivated by the enormous MacCulloch’s fossil tree – an imprint of a tree trunk left in the cliffs around 50 million years ago. Bronze Age burial cairns, the ruins of an Iron Age settlement and the remains of 19th-century townships provide a reminder that this area hasn’t always been so free of people.
Burg was bequeathed to the National Trust for Scotland in 1932, one of the first properties to come into our care. This 617ha property now forms part of a National Scenic Area and a Special Area of Conservation.
Burg is open all year round and can only be accessed on foot.
The 5-mile path leading to the beach is rough and sometimes steep – you should allow at least 6 hours to get there and back. We strongly advise that you take appropriate clothing and supplies, including walking boots with good ankle support and waterproofs.
The only way onto the beach is by clambering down an iron ladder on the side of a cliff. Once on the beach, a short walk past two impressive waterfalls takes you to the cove containing MacCulloch’s fossil tree.
Keep an eye out for the rich variety of animals, birds and insects that live on Burg, including golden eagles, peregrine falcons, red deer, feral goats and the rare slender Scotch burnet moth. At dawn and dusk, otters may be glimpsed scampering on the shore or diving into the small burns that lead to the sea. Porpoises and basking sharks can sometimes be spotted out to sea.
For added adventure, climb Bearraich (432m) for spectacular views of Mull and the surrounding islands.
There is no café at Burg so bring a picnic or packed lunch.
Dogs must be kept under close control, especially around livestock. As access is by a steep ladder, dogs are unable to get to the beach.
There is a car park (not NTS) at Tiroran on the north shore of Loch Scridain.
There are a number of guided walks organised for small groups throughout the year, which are recommended for first-time visitors. Booking is essential.
For school groups, ranger-led activities that meet curriculum requirements can be organised by arrangement.
For more information, contact Mull and Iona Ranger Service on 01681 700659.
The 5-mile coastal path from the car park to the fossil tree is challenging and not advisable for wheelchair use.
From the A849, take the signposted scenic road to Salen (B8035), following signposts towards Burg and Tiroran House Hotel. The car park is just beyond Tiroran, on the north shore of Loch Scridain.
OS Ref: NM415275
The grid reference for the car park is NM477275 and it is a 5-mile walk from there.
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