Isle of Erraid

Erraid is a tidal island one-mile square in area which lies off the south west of Mull.

Erraid is connected by beach at low tide to the Isle of Mull. It is renowned for being one of the driest and sunniest places on the west coast of Scotland.

The island has a disused signal station for the lighthouses on Dubh Artach and Skerryvore.

Erraid lies off the south west tip of the Ross of Mull. Five miles drive from Fionnphort. An hour or two either side of low water, it’s linked to the Ross by a broad expanse of sand.

Behind the houses, on the hill, is the renovated disused signal station for the lighthouse. This provides spectacular panoramic views of Iona and The Ross of Mull to the north, and the Torran Rocks to the south. On a clear day, you can see the ‘Dhu Heartach’ lighthouse, 10 miles away to the south west, standing 126 feet high, marking a dangerous rock.

The author Robert Lewis Stevenson was raised on Erraid, as a member of the great Stevenson Family, renowned for lighthouse engineering.

In Stevenson’s “Kidnapped”, the hero, David Balfour is shipwrecked and comes ashore on the south coast of Erraid (Balfour Bay). In “Treasure Island”, Jack Hawkins chart bears a resemblance to Erraid.

Erraid is now owned by a family from overseas, for most of the year is used by the Findhorn Community. This group runs course and “retreats” and grows a large proportion of its soft fruits and vegetables. These gardens have now been expertly managed, on an “organic” basis for years and are of a very high standard.