Salen Pier House - Testimonials Page
New Year 2016 - Ian and
An excellent location for our holiday over New Year week as a group of
friends. The house was spacious, warm and well-equipped,
and we particularly appreciated the large living room which provided
plenty of space for us all to gather in the evenings.
Salen was an excellent central location from
which we explored the different hills and coastlines of the island.
Great views straight from the living room across the Sound of Mull, and
during the week we were treated to several otter sightings and even a
faint sighting of the Northern Lights.
- Amy Pearman
Salen Pier House as an extended family of 13 (6 adults and 7 children)
on our bi-annual holiday together. It was perfect for our needs. Peter
checked in with us on our arrival day which was a lovely and thoughtful
On arrival we
were all astounding by the magnificent view - which was never the same
twice given the varied weather we had.
was ample parking for us and people visiting the other properties at the
pier. The outside also provided a great play space for all the children
with many adventures rock pooling on the shoreline during our week.
The house was
perfect for our party, it was large enough that we were all able to have
space. The kitchen was very well equipped with everything we needed and
even children's plates and cutlery which is a lovely bonus. It also had
all the appliances we needed and all in good working order with clear
instructions. The living areas were huge and again accommodated
us perfectly as did the bedrooms. All bathrooms were clean and in good
condition. The bonus was the huge drying room (much needed during our
week in Mull). This room was well heated and ventilated and was perfect
Peter was very
helpful in planning our holiday with recommendations and understanding
with our bookings - so a huge thank you to you!
planning our return visit already and look forward to discovering the
rest of Mull using Salen Pier as our base.
- Andy and Pam Wilson
For a special
occasion our family of eleven with ages from seven to seventy stayed at
the Pier House and all enjoyed. The house was warm and comfortable with
plenty of space to relax and enjoy the splendid view across the Sound
of Mull. Our wishes were fulfilled seeing otters and eagles, and also a
short eared owl which had set up home on moorland adjacent to the house.
Dinning out was a real pleasure, especially the local shell fish and
fish & chips. The island of Mull is beautiful and the trip to Staffa and
fingals cave completed our holiday. We shall return.
- Manchester University Sub-Aqua Club (2nd visit)
I highly recommend Salen Pier as a place to stay for dive clubs
running trips around the sound of Mull. The buildings are comfy and well
equipped for big or small groups, with plenty of space, a big kitchen
and a drying room for dive gear in the main house. With the ferry prices
having gone down it is a lot more affordable to stay on Mull rather than
the mainland now and the place itself is great for the cost.
It is well
situated in the middle of the sound, close to the charter boats at Lochaline and a short steam to most of the sites. Boats can load up on
the pier in good weather plus a fixed mooring buoy provides somewhere
safe to leave club RIBs overnight.
pier itself makes a great venue for training dives or a first day
shakedown. The depth is around max 10m and there is lots of interesting
wreckage and life including loads of scallops! It is also a fantastic
night dive where you can spot fluorescent squat lobsters, cuttlefish and
sometimes dogfish. It can be a bit of a scramble at low water but there
are steps off the end you can jump in from, time it right and your exit
will not be too tough!
- Danny & Jacqui (3rd visit)
visit to the Pier House at Salen. Perfect location for a group of
friends, fishing, cycling, birdwatching and taking in the beautiful
views at this fantastic location. The house is still equipped to a high
standard and is the ideal location for easy access to all points of the
island. Great food, drink and company made for a real treat. Try the
'Glass Fusion Workshop' located behind the Co-Op on main street
Tobermory good fun on a wet day. The work at the new Pier Point build is
now complete and it looks fantastic - high quality fixtures and fitting,
topped off with incredible views from the glass fronted living area. As
always, we're missing the peace and are looking forward to our next
October 2015 - Lynda Hayward
We had a
really lovely week at the Pier House last October (2015). It was so
comfortable, cared for and well-equipped - the perfect place for
holiday get-togethers with family and friends. The spacious lounge
accommodated us all, pursuing our various activities, from playing
cards, reading or just chatting. The best thing about it was the
wonderful view from the large window - directly onto the Sound of Mull
- which was really relaxing and interesting whatever the weather.
Having spent holidays on Mull for the past thirty years I can honestly
say that this was our best accommodation yet - in terms of situation,
comfort and facilities.
An added bonus was that we met Peter during one of his visits to the
Island and greatly appreciated his local knowledge and helpfulness. We
are already planning a return trip!!!
July 2015 - Morag Boyd
We are a
group of 10 "mature" ladies - hill walkers & ramblers. We spent a very
comfortable, enjoyable week in Pier House in July. The house is
spacious and well equipped, ideal for a large group.
location is fantastic with the Sound of Mull right on the doorstep and a
large lounge window perfect for otter, bird, ferry .... watching - very
relaxing after a day's walking/ sightseeing or with early morning wake
is ideally located on the island affording easy access to all parts both
for walking and tourist activities. We enjoyed visits to Duart Castle,
Iona & Staffa, Tobermory ( excellent local crafts), Isle of Ulva (
highly recommended) and Lip na Cloiche garden ( wonderful ) as well as
some of its neighbours.
very impressed with Mediterranean Restaurant (great meal on last night)
and Coffee Pot in Salen (lovely fresh sandwiches and good selection of
cakes) and also local Spar shop.
from one of group on leaving " I would come back here" found general
June 2013 -
We are a group of 8 retirees who meet up each year for a week.
Peter was very helpful when we consulted him about booking the house at
Salen Pier. We found the house to be very spacious for a group of our
size, with a well-equipped kitchen with plenty of fridge space. We ate
in every night - enjoying scallops purchased from The Ethical
Shellfish Company on the pier on one evening. The people in the
Spar shop in the village were very friendly; we were able to order
newspapers (for collection after noon) and the shop had everything we
needed to supplement our supplies. We all loved sitting at the big
window in the lounge, on the lookout for the porpoises and otters (best
time for the otters was about 10pm) and watching the regular passage of
the CalMac ferries along the Sound of Mull. And we had one sighting of
the cruise ship Balmoral on its way south. Our team visited the Isles
of Iona, Ulva and Staffa, went on the Mull Eagle Watch (booking
required), participated in a DiscoverMull tour, climbed Ben More
and its neighbours Beinn nan Gabhar and Beinn Fhada, visited Mackinnon’s
Cave (check tide times), walked round the Treshnish Peninsula etc etc.
The weather was somewhat mixed so the new
entrance-hall/boot-room/drying-room/bike-store was much appreciated. As
one of our group said: “We had high expectations (of the house and
the island) and our expectations were exceeded”. Now the challenge
is to find an equally good place for next year!
Salen Pier House and Apartment - May 2015
Just to say what an excellent place Salen Pier House is. Every year for
the last 25 years, a large party of us (12 to 14), have a week in
Scotland and I think I can say that we have never stayed somewhere where
one is so close to the sea with unrivalled views and nature watching
without leaving the comfort of the lounge.
Sitting on the sofa after supper otter watching! Unsurpassed.
The house is comfortable and nicely equipped. The table extends to
easily accommodate the whole party for breakfasts or relaxing wine
The apartment is equally well equipped and comfortable.
Mull is excellent and very scenic. We came across the following
and downloaded the murder mystery tour. Thoroughly recommend a novel way
to be taken sightseeing around the north. I expect parents would find it
a good way to keep children engaged while sightseeing.
All in all an excellent holiday house and place to
stay. Nice helpful owners as well. I would happily recommend it for
anyone with a large party.
February 2012, and 2013, 2014, 2015 &
In many years of staying in various locations for hill walking in
Scotland Salen Pier House is by far the best location we have ever used.
Only a short drive from the ferry, it was also ideally placed
for the six of us climbing Ben More and the surrounding hills.
Returning to the log fire and a warm house with its well equipped
kitchen after a damp day on the hills was a treat. It was made perfect
by the local wildlife as we settled down for the evening with a glass of
wine overlooking the sound of Mull, truly awesome . Apart from the
obvious water sport advantages of having its own pier and shore access
the house looks across the small bay to Glenforsa airfield with its 800m
grass strip. As a base for exploring the delights the west coast has to
offer in a light aircraft Salen Peir house could hardly be bettered. On
leaving the house our discussion was when to book next.
Great Location, great house Many Thanks
May 2011 Northhants Bird Club
From the living room window, conservatory and balcony we were able to
watch a wide variety of wildlife, often at quite close quarters. Birds
Gannet, Great Northern Diver, Red-breasted Merganser, Eider, Black
Guillemot, Common Sandpiper, Curlew, Hooded Crow and Rock Pipit.
Otter - up to 3 seen every day; Harbour Porpoise - 3 seen close in on
one day; Common Seal and Irish (Mountain) Hare.
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|Jo and Graham Wilson
We had an excellent time
last week. I particularly liked the big fluffy towels and cotton bedding
and china mugs for tea.
Glengorm castle was a
good spot- nice walks and a fab cafe lots of local food and great
Italian hot choc and coffees also have their own veg which was
We had 5 sightings of
otter, three from the living room window. The best though was on the
side of loch scriven where we watched one fishing for 3/4hr only a few
Saw porpoise most days.
White tailed eagles
at Frisa very impressive too.
Had a trip over to
Iona which we enjoyed but needs to be a nice day. Would recommend the
scenic route on the west coast rather than via Craignure much prettier
and probably quicker.
Mr and Mrs Streets
Salen pier House is by far
the best place on Mull to relax, drink wine slowly, have a barbeque and
watch the Cal Mac to the Western Isles steam past. The House is of a
size where we managed to safely lose the children, but they seemed to be
happy with situation, exploring the beach, rock pools, grounds and
generally having a ball.
No near neighbours, no noise,
just peace and quiet in first rate accommodation. Oh and the sun shone
gloriously for the first three days of our week, so we spent those days
on the beach, getting brown, (red) and enjoying the lack of other people
next to us. A spot of swimming in the sea to cool down and it was round
to Tobermory for a first class fish supper.
All round everything was great.
|Mr and Mrs Humble,
Salen Pier House
provided us with excellent modern accommodation and wonderful views out
to sea. It was ideally located for us to visit all parts of the Isle of
Mull. We found the house itself home from home and was equipped with
everything we needed to make our stay on Mull a memorable one. The
living areas are spacious and relaxing. We visited the Mediterranean
Restaurant in Salen and the near-by Glenforsa Hotel, both served good
food. Other restaurants we visited were close by in Tobermory and we
especially recommend a visit to Cafe Fish! Thanks for a wonderful stay!