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About

The Crafty Kitchen is run from Glas Chalaidhean (pronounced Glass Shahallion), a three bedroom bungalow located in the settlement of Arle, mid-way between Salen and Tobermory. Although only built in 2018, it has been designed following traditional Hebridean lines.

Nestled at the base of Speinne Mor and only 200 metres from the shore, Glas Chalaidhean boasts stupendous views of the Morven hills across the Sound of Mull, a busy route for ships, boats and mammals of all sizes, and is surrounded by birds, deer, Hebridean sheep and ponies.

There are three strands to the business captured in the strap line: Health : Home : Hospitality, these are reflected in the provision of accommodation through the BnB and short term room lets; the creation of various crafts items and the production of fruit vinegars, flavoured gins and other home made produce.

The landscaping and garden design is at a very early stage, but will be based on the principle of growing ‘Plants for a Purpose,’ so feel free to share any thoughts or ideas you may have. The plants grown will contribute to a range of other things created within The Crafty Kitchen.

The Crafty Kitchen is run on sustainable, environmental and ethical principles so everything is locally sourced where possible or can be tracked with food miles as low as possible. Where locally produced goods are not available, everything is fairly traded.

Waste is kept to a minimum and whatever can be recycled: is. So Reuse, Repair, Reduce and Recycle.

Food intolerances and preferences can be catered for if identified on your booking form.

Glas Chalaidhean is accessible throughout, with ample parking and a bus stop at the end of the drive.

So a very warm welcome awaits you, whatever the length of your stay.

I look forward to seeing you

Pam Wisher, Proprietor

Contact: enquiry@the-crafty-kitchen.com   or telephone 01680 300038  mobile 07769 651308

Facilities: Twin bed room with en-suite bath, shower and toilet for BnB guests (accessible walk-in shower and disabled toilet available in main bathroom)

Single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities for longer term accommodation

Each bedroom has Freeview TV, free wi-fi, tea/coffee making facilities and a hairdryer, with heated towel rails for drying wet clothes.

Sustainable under floor heating throughout means a comfortable room temperature is maintained all year round

Breakfast is available every day between 7.30 until 9.00, other times by arrangement

(download typical breakfast menu pdf) and is included in your fee.

Packed lunches can be provided on request at around £5.00 per head and booked before 6pm the night before.

Evening meals – please do use the local cafes and restaurants. Information leaflets and website details are available

The shared lounge and decking area provides access to stunning views, wi-fi, DVD’s, books, games and activities.

Health: Dietary requirements – with notice even the most complex of dietary needs can be catered for. Whilst most foods can be found on the island, we are bound by weather and the ferries which can create delays in obtaining foodstuffs from the mainland.

Fair Trade tea and coffee is available de-caffeinated and full strength. Fruit and herbal teas are also available.

The Crafty Kitchen makes fruit vinegars for sale. Usually, Raspberry, Blackberry (Bramble) and Elderberry Vinegars are available in season with Fig Vinegar available if the figs are.

The vinegars have a variety of uses in recipes, but have gained a reputation for being good for chest infections and sore throats as they are rich in Vitamin C. Available at £3.00 for a 100ml bottle, £10.00 for four. Monies raised support the local church and its activities. (see Vinegar recipe pdf)

Home: The rooms to let at Glas Chalaidhean are all part of the main building, the breakfast table is in the kitchen but guests are welcome to use the lounge if they wish. As such anyone staying tends to become part of the family so feels at home from the start.

Simple food – well cooked, is the way we do things here. Food is sourced as locally as possible with low fat, semi-skimmed options as a starting point. Organic and Fairly Traded goods are bought whenever possible.

Local artists display their work here with knitted items and cards created by Angie Howard at angiecraft@hotmail.co.uk  but the island abounds with beautiful, locally created crafts for you to buy.

Hospitality: You can be assured of a very warm welcome and a relaxed atmosphere from which to enjoy your stay on Mull. With a Welcome Tray and Mull’s famous biscuits to greet you, we are happy to provide anything extra you might need to have a great stay. From binoculars, maps and thermos flasks to plasters, midge repellent and local knowledge.  All useful especially if you are flying up or have limited space in your luggage.

Times of Arrival and Departure can be negotiated to line up with ferry times and we can arrange to collect you and take you to the ferry terminal at Craignure if you are travelling as a foot passenger.