Embark on an adventure in Glen Aros
Close to our offices on Mull, there’s a delightful woodland with an historic graveyard hidden among the trees. The medieval chapel of Cill an Ailean once stood here: its graveyard is now a peaceful place with some fascinating headstones.
There’s a circular route through the forest here too, or you can set off on an adventure to Loch Frisa. These longer routes are mostly suitable for cyclists, but walkers and horse riders are welcome too.
Our guide map to Mull’s forests will help you enjoy the landscape, culture, history and wildlife of this amazing island.
There are places to eat and public toilets in Salen, about 1 ¾ miles (2.8 km) to the south.
Cill an Ailein Trail
Discover the beautiful old gravestones in this peaceful burial ground, now lost deep within the forest.
Section of uneven grassy path with some exposed tree roots. One steep slope. Includes a narrow section of boardwalk and some low branches. Parts may be muddy.
¾ miles / 1.4 km Allow ¾ hours
The oldest stones in the graveyard, with simple carvings of a cross or a sword, date back to the 1300s and 1400s. Most of headstones you’ll see are from the 1700s and 1800s: see if you can spot the names of Mull families like the MacLeans, McPhersons and Campbells.
Mountain biking trails
How to get here
Glen Aros is off the A848 between Tobermory and Salen.
From Tobermory, follow the A848 towards Salen for about 6 ½ miles (10.4 km). Look for the Forestry Commission Scotland signs to our Mull office at a turning on the right.
From Salen, follow the A848 towards Tobermory for about 1 ¾ miles (2.8 km). Look for the Forestry Commission Scotland signs to our Mull office at a turning on the left.
Follow the track past our offices for about ¼ mile (400 metres) to reach the car park at grid reference NM 551 453.
PA72 6JP is the nearest postcode, on the A848 just south of the turning for the forest.
Buses between Tobermory and Craignure pass Glen Aros. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
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