Ulva | Eithne Nutt

About

Ulva has been inhabited for more than 7,000 years and was named by the Vikings as Ullfur, meaning Wolf Island. The island was heavily affected by the Highland Clearances and, whilst the ongoing impact reduced the population to just 6 people, a community buy-out is starting to transform Ulva. The island is mostly made up of moorland, grassland, and native woodland bounded by rocky coastline, with plenty of pathways and old settlements to explore.

Famous For

  • The island is owned and run by the local community, which is gradually working to repeople the landscape and celebrate its rich heritage.

  • Ulva is home to nationally important archaeological sites from the Mesolithic era, and unique geological formations.

  • General Lachlan Macquarie, known as the 'Father of Australia' and the first Governor General of New South Wales, was born on the island.

Ask an Islander

  • Head to the south side of the island to explore the old stone settlements of Ormaig and Cragaig. There are breathtaking views out to Staffa, the Treshnish Isles, and Iona. There are many small inlets in the sheltered bay of Cragaig, where you are likely to see seals, otters and the occasional porpoise.

  • We are lucky to have such a diverse landscape to live in here. From rocky shores and grass fields to heather hills and ancient woodland, there is a different view around every corner. Living here gives you a connection to the land and its history, which we never take for granted.

  • The stunning bluebell display in spring makes it one of the best times of year to visit.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Isle of Ulva

More Information

You can find some additional information about Ulva at the links below

Isle of Ulva

Wild about Argyll

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


Ulva is open to visitors from Easter to October when an on-demand private ferry makes the short crossing between Ulva and Ulva Ferry on the Isle of Mull. The island is closed on Saturdays but open on Sundays from June to the end of August.

The Ulva Ferry Community Bus runs a bookable service between Ulva Ferry and Craignure on Mull, where CalMac Ferries operates multiple daily sailings to Oban on the mainland.

Find out more about getting to Mull.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.