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Exterior view from Kittiwake Hut, Argyll and Bute
Exterior view of hut at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute
Bedroom interior at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute
Boat roof interior at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute
Exterior view of hut at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute
Kitchen interior at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute
Bedroom interior at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute
Dining area and wood burner at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute
Exterior view of hut at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute
Exterior view of hut at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute
Dining area and log burner at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute
View of living area from Bed at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute
External view of hut at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute
Garden view at Kittiwake, Argyll and Bute

Kittiwake - Cabin in Argyll & Bute, United Kingdom

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Calgary Farmhouse

Suitable for children aged 5 and over

Not suitable for pets

A remote seashore cabin for two with a roof made from a rowing boat


Take the ferry to Mull and turn up somewhere incredible: a work of art in the midst of nature. Kittiwake is set in a lovely high spot with views over the bay, among established native woodland - some of it hiding a sculpture trail, part of your hosts’ art centre 200m away.  Here, talented Matthew and Julia run Art in Nature under green principles and run courses and exhibitions as well as welcoming guests to their beautiful corner of Mull. 

This round, rustic cabin was built - if that’s not too practical a word for such a creative space - by wood-sculptor and owner Matthew, entirely from Mull wood cut onsite, and topped with an old rowing boat as a nod to the maritime heritage of the island. The top level is surprisingly roomy, with artistic touches and a peaceful, relaxing feel: seashore colours, a big brass bed, lots and lots of wood. Head to the café to mingle, or enjoy your isolation and watch the light of the morning or evening over the bay. Calgary is a well-known Hebridean beauty spot with a sandy crescent beach set among the hills. It's deservedly popular: the pretty port of Tobermory with its painted houses isn't far, you can visit Tobermory distillery, and spot amazing bird life including Sea Eagles, all while exploring truly breathtaking scenery. 


The important stuff

  • Check in is between 2-5:30pm. Late arrival is by strict arrangement only, please get in touch.
  • Check out is between 10-11am
  • Please bring a towel and a torch. Walking boots, waterproofs, and insect repellant (for midges!) would be handy too.
  • No mobile signal - walk 100m to find some!
  • Please be aware due to its nature Kittiwake isn't suitable for young children or guests with mobility problems
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1 double

Extra space available

Space for 1 child from £10 per child per night 1 single camp bed for children aged 5-15 with linen provided


  • Single gas hob
  • Wood burning stove top
  • All pots, pans and cutlery
  • Outside BBQ
  • Cool box in hut
  • Basin for washing up (no sink in hut)


  • Chemical loo below hut
  • Flushing loo and shower for guests’ use in Calgary Arts centre, 120m away

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Wood burner for heating - wood provided
  • Solar lighting only
  • Bed linen and towels provided, please bring own beach towels


  • Sculpture to discover in the Woodland Walk
  • Free art galleries 120m away

Getting there

Calgary Art in Nature, Calgary, Isle Of Mull, Argyll, Scotland PA75 6QQ

By car

Take Hebridean & Clyde ferries from Oban, roughly every 2 hours. The crossing from the mainland takes 45 minutes, then the drive to Kittiwake is approx. 45 minutes further.

From the ferry take Tobermory direction for 1 mile, past the village of Salen. Take left fork signposted “Calgary Art in Nature" to Dervaig, 10 miles, then turn left over the bridge signposted 'Calgary 5 miles', we are 300m from beach. Turn in when you see Calgary Arts car park and buildings. The car park is 120m away from Kittiwake.

By bus

There is a bus stop 120m from Kittiwake, with 3-4 buses a day to/from Calgary (except Sundays). 

By train

The nearest station is Oban, 26 miles and a 45-minute ferry journey away. 

Food & Drink

At Calgary Art in Nature

There is a cafe onsite and a small shop selling local produce (open every day, 10am-5pm). Tea, coffee, milk and kitchen basics are provided. 

The nearest shop for basics is 5 miles away in the village of Dervaig (open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm).

Am Birlinn, your local restaurant, is open Wed-Sun and guests can take advantage of a free pick up and drop off service. Call 01688 400619 to book.

The oldest inn on Mull, The Bellachroy, is 10 minutes' drive away, and the Tobermory Distillery is half an hour's drive. 


Calgary Art in Nature is your hosts' gallery and art centre, with regular exhibitions, workshops, courses, a cafe, and a woodland sculpture walk, all of which you're welcome to explore. Craftspeople living on the island include weavers, jewellery makers, watch carvers, potters and artists and at Art in Nature you're ideally placed to discover them.

Kittiwake Camping Hut is in the Calgary Art in Nature sculpture walk - see

Holiday Mull has lots of info for holiday activities. It's a stunning location for a stay, with wildlife trips, whale watching, puffin-watching / bird boats, and plenty more to see. Traces of human habitation date back to the Bronze Age, with stone circlesruined castles and more.

Outdoors & active

Ask your hosts about hiring bikes (available on site) to explore the island. 

Fishing - in sea fishing, lochs and rivers 

Island hop: Staffa, Ulva, Iona are close and offer majestic scenery

Meet your hosts

Meet Matthew & Julia

Art in Nature was set up nearly 15 years ago, and is an estbalished part of the Isle of Mull, supporting the local community with its connections to farming and fishing. Holding a Gold certificate in Green Tourism (no mean effort!) Matthew and Julia run their ten accommodation spaces and their art centre in line with strong eco principles.

Wildlife & environment

Kittiwake is made from local timber, is entirely off-grid and lit by solar lighting. There is a SSSI nearby (Calgary beach) and lots of great wildlife to spot in this corner of the Hebrides: basking sharks,

otters, deer, owls, woodpeckers, sea eagles, not to mention orchids running wild in the fields. 

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Our guests say...

We loved the Island of Mull and will definitely go back as a week was not long enough. Kittiwake itself was a lovely built cottage and was was well laid and equipped. We especially loved the bay window with the views over the bay. Indeed the beach felt like having our own beach as it was just a short walk away, we went to a paddle on our second day and the final day was warm enough for my husband to have a swim (in a wetsuit).



Adored this place. The roof is made from a boat that belonged to the owner's father and was made to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. Suitably romantic for this lovely stay. A cosy cabin and bed to watch the sun rise over Calgary Bay. Owls, deer, bats and much more in the woodland (as well as folk looking round the sculpture trail). Bring plenty of torches and a lamp with you, hand sanitiser for the portable loo and ice blocks.



Loved staying at Kittiwake on our honeymoon - a perfect little hideaway in the woods!



Our stay at Kittiwake was definitely the highlight of our Scotland trip. The location treats you on great views over Galgary Bay, the windows make you feel you are in a light house. Kittiwake is very well equipped, cosy stove, cosy kitchen and a great living space. Next to that, the whole Calgary Arts in Nature is a real treat: great cafe (I loved your scones), Julia and Matthew are very kind and helpful hosts and the lovely town of Tobermory is just (a few miles) around the corner. We will definitely come back and stay a bit longer!



A lovely place to stay, and the view was breathtaking.



What a beautiful place to stay! Matthew and Julie where very accommodating, firstly allowing us to stay for just one night, and secondly very flexible on arrival/ departure times. The yurt was absolutely beautiful, decorated to exquisite taste and with wonderful views of Calgary Bay. I would definitely recommend this idyllic accommodation to anyone!



A beautiful location at the edge of a magical woodland walk overlooking the white sandy beach of calgary bay. The wood burning stove is a lovely touch and makes it cozy no matter the weather.



We had a great time, it was our honeymoon and we really enjoyed it!!!! 3 nights, great weather the first two nights and a howling gale/storm the third but it was really cosy. The bed is lovely and comfy and everything is really high quality. I would say this is only for people who can cope with certain elements of camping - small chemical toilet next to hut you have to empty at the end of stay, and indoor bathroom a few minutes walk away through the woods (requiring head torch at night). Also its for those who feel comfortable operating a wood burning stove, and camping stove as your heating/cooking, and also heating your own water for washing up (no sink). I loved it, so did my husband!!! The hosts really went out of there way to make us comfortable and went the extra mile when we had a slight emergency situation (a injury requiring medical attention). The gallery, sculpture trail and cafe were wonderful, and the art was really to my taste.



It was absolutely glorious and exactly how it looks. The owners were very helpful and pleasant. Would really recommend.



Stayed for 2 nights at Kittiwake, a beautiful cabin in a beautiful location. The walk through the woods to the cabin found us greeted with an incredible view half way up the hill looking out from Kittiwake towards Calgary Bay's white sand beach. Matthew and Julia and all the team at Calgary Art and Nature were very friendly and we really enjoyed our stay.



The Kittiwake is located in a beautiful glade in a forest, overlooking the stunning Calgary Bay. There was something magic about being inside this cosy creation as the wind was howling outside (in August) and the wood burning stove added a lovely touch.



We had a wonderful stay - it was the perfect place to celebrate a birthday! We couldn't believe how beautiful the cabin was and the view out to sea was fantastic (the sea itself was cold!!). The bay is gorgeous - great for exploring - and the Calgary Art in Nature site is also great. We bought all our food from the cafe shop and had a barbecue!



It was lovely!



We had a brilliant week - the island itself was simply stunning, and the Kittiwake hut was surrounded by bluebells and trees and little else. The wood-burning stove was enough to keep the hut warm on cold evenings and the hut had everything we needed for a really relaxing holiday.



"It was wonderful. The Island itself is beautiful and the Kittiwake hut was amazing. I left feeling more relaxed than I have in months. It's the perfect place to switch off. The hut itself is really well done. It feels very individual yet cosy and homely at the same time. The views are about as good as you could hope for anywhere - straight down to Calgary Bay - you can sit and drink a cup of tea on the terrace and watch the sea birds flying over the bay. The wood the hut sits in is lovely, with lots of interesting bits of sculpture dotted around for you to discover. Julia and Matthew were really friendly and very helpful - with good advice on places to eat and drink nearby. The cafe on the site was good and it was handy having a place so close by to stock up on essentials like milk and bread, while still feeling like you're in the middle of nowhere. I would certainly recommend this place to anyone looking to get away from it all for a bit, but while still having a great place to stay in and a hot shower 10 meters away!"



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2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


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Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


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Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


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Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


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