Explore, rest and play in Aros Park
Aros Park is like a fabulous back garden for the town of Tobermory. Trails wander through attractive woodland, lush with ferns, and there's a waterfall to discover, plus a play trail for children to explore. You can cook a barbecue and even try your hand at trout fishing.
The park has superb views too, looking back to Tobermory and over the Sound of Mull to the craggy face of Ardnamurchan. On the edge of the site, there’s a spectacular look-out at Alainn View that will lift you high into the tree tops.
Our guide map to Mull’s forests will help you enjoy the landscape, culture, history and wildlife of this amazing island.
Please note, small scale woodland improvement work will be carried out within Aros Park with small managed fires on site to clear excess vegetation. The facility remains open however please follow any safety signage. Work is estimated to be completed by mid March.
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There are places to eat, shops and public toilets in Tobermory.
Alainn View (Look-out Tower)
Access the look-out tower from the Alainn View car park. This lookout offers great views of the plunging Aros Burn waterfall.
A short there and back trail, wide and flat with a smooth surface.
miles / 0.2 km Allow 15 mins
A gentle wander around idyllic Lochan a Ghurrabain, its shore laced with beautiful beech, cypress and oak trees.
Largely smooth and wide gravel surface. Some uneven sections and exposed tree roots. Generally flat with a short steep slope down to the lochan. Includes a bridge and some steps.
1 miles / 1.7 km Allow ½ hour
Admire the reflections in the water, or come for the show of waterlilies in summer.
The Waterfalls Trail
Follow the Aros Burn through charming woodland to a pair of spectacular waterfalls.
Uneven gravel and earth surface with rough rocky sections. Long slope with several steep sections. Includes one road crossing. May be muddy after rain.
¾ miles / 1.4 km Allow ½ hour
There are three waterfalls in Aros Park: this trail takes you past two of them on the way to Alainn View. From the lookout here there are great views across the bay, and after heavy rain the surging burn is spectacular.
Includes narrow bridges and parts that may be muddy. A great link between Aros Park and Tobermory along the dramatic wooded shore of Tobermory Bay. There are fabulous sea views throughout.
Uneven gravel surface with earthy and rough rocky sections. One long steep slope and some flights of steps.
3 miles / 4.7 km Allow 2 hours
More than just a journey from town to the park, this trail has fine views across the bay and a picnic spot along the way.
Mountain biking trails
A generous laird
The way Aros Park looks today owes much to Alexander Allan, son of a wealthy Liverpool shipping magnate, who inherited the estate when he was just 29 and spent the rest of his life improving it. He welcomed visitors to the beautiful landscaped grounds around grand Aros House, and built a library and meeting rooms in Tobermory.
Aros House was demolished in 1962 but you can still find traces of the Allans’ time here, such as a shed by the burn where a generator made electricity for the house. You’ll find more about the fascinating history of Aros Park on a website developed by Mull resident June Saul.
How to get here
You can walk direct from Tobermory: the scenic Coastal Trail starts from the bus terminus near the distillery. Follow the green waymarkers for 1 ¼ miles (2 km) to reach Aros Park.
By car from Tobermory, take the A848 towards Salen. The entrance to Aros Park is about ¾ mile (1.2 km) out of town on the left hand side. The main car park is at grid reference NM 518 539.
PA75 6AD is the nearest postcode, about ¼ mile (400 metres) before the entrance.
Buses between Craignure and Tobermory pass Aros Park. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
There are many other forests on the Isle of Mull to explore. You’ll find a trail to the coast with wonderful views from Ardmore, and a charming abandoned graveyard among the trees at Glen Aros.
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