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Lochbuie (Gaelic: Locha Buidhe, yellow loch) is a tiny settlement on Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. It's in a small fertile patch amid boggy rocky uplands, miles from anywhere. When Dr Johnson visited in 1773 with Boswell, the clan chief was curious to know whether he was a Johnson of Glencroe or of Ardnamurchan.

Get in[edit]

You need a car, or to be a keen cyclist: Lochbuie is 20 miles from Craignure down a long lonely lane with no public transport.

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Moy Castle, Lochbuie PA62 6AA. Remains of a 15th century tower, abandoned in 1752. The structure is unsafe so you can't go inside. Moy Castle (Q129460) on Wikidata Moy Castle on Wikipedia
  • 2 Lochbuie Stone Circle is a well preserved prehistoric stone circle. It's within the grounds of Lochbuie House but you can walk to it via a boggy path. The House itself was built in the 18th C and once hosted Johnson and Boswell; it's private.
  • The small church is St Kilda's (Episcopal), built 1876; services are occasionally still held here.


  • The best beach is Laggan Sands, east of the tidal island. Walk south along them to visit the MacLaine clan mausoleum.





  • Camping is only permitted above the beach just beyond the Old Post Office; no caravans.
  • Lochbuie Self-Catering cottages (by road junction near Moy Castle). Kathleen Cottage and Mabel Cottage are run by Lochbuie House.


You might just about get a signal on Vodafone outdoors, but not on O2, EE or Three, as of May 2020.

Go next[edit]

The only road leads back towards Craignure. But turn west onto the main road to reach Fionnphort thence Iona.

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