ONE of Scotland’s most iconic and popular holiday destinations saw the opening Craignure Bunkhouse in May, specifically tailored for outdoor enthusiasts.
Begins a spokesperson: “Since opening on 24th May, the green credentials of the building have met the highest standards with almost the total heating and hot water requirements for the Bunkhouse having been met by solar energy.
“With the return of cooler weather the biomass boiler is being utilised but only every second or third day.
“VisitScotland have just completed their grading assessment and good news is expected to follow shortly.”
The Craignure Bunkhouse is a purpose-built accommodation unit, sleeping up to 20 constructed to the highest ecological standards to appeal to the independent traveller.
Open all year round, and situated just 300 metres from the island’s principal ferry terminal, the Bunkhouse is ideally located as a backpacker hostel with good local bars and restaurants nearby for those who want to eat out rather than self-cater.
The vision of local residents, Chris and Sarah James, whose family have lived on the island for five generations and recently sold Torosay Castle, wished to show their continued support for the local community and economy by investing some of the proceeds into this exciting new accommodation concept.
The sleeping accommodation comprises four bedrooms, two with six births and two with four, with the latter being full adapted for less mobile guests.
All four rooms have en suite shower room facilities. The large, comfortable communal room has wonderful views over Craignure Bay with a kitchen area for the use of guests.
Extensive drying facilities have been incorporated into the design in the event of wet weather.
Working with Leith based architect, John Renshaw, who is noted both for his work in conservation architecture and for environmentally-sensitive new build projects, they conceived a 20-bed facility which adds to Scotland’s growing network of hostels catering both for budget travellers and those attracted by this convivial style of holidaymaking.
Conforming to Mull’s ecological appeal to visitors, the building has been constructed to the highest modern standards of insulation and finish, while heating is provided by solar panels and a biomass boiler supplied with fuel from Mull’s extensive commercial woodlands.
The boiler house and log store are located to the rear of the main building, with a part of this secondary building being available as a bike shed.
It is anticipated that the bunkhouse, which will be open all year-round, will appeal to independent travellers attracted by Mull’s wildlife; families; those visiting the island for a particular event such as the Music Festival, Mull’s famous Rugby 7’s, or the Car Rally in October; pilgrims bound for Iona; study groups, and even on occasion, storm bound locals.
Prices from £19 per person per night to include linen. A resident warden is on hand to look after guests.
Chris and Sarah James outside the Craignure Bunkhouse.
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