Salen is a small Village on the centre
of the Isle of Mull. The largest
town on the Island, Tobermory, is 10 miles north,
and the Ferry Port village of Craignure 11 miles south. Salen
is popular as a base for exploring the
island and bike hire.
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Attractions and Mountains.
The image top is looking north along Salen
Main Street in the direction of Tobermory. The
road left leads to the scenic west coast of
Mull. The building on the left is the
The second image is of On Yer Bike where you
can hire bikes to explore the scenic west
The third image is of the Cafe named the
Salen Church is across the road from On Yer
Salen Hotel is
also in the village centre, an ideal base for
exploring Mull with Ben More mountain only 4
500s - Saint Columba visited Salen and
preached from a rocks behind where the Salen
Hotel is situated today. He is said to have
been disappointed by the number of locals that
1200s - Aros Castle was
built 2 miles north of Salen to help control
the Sound of Mull. This castle was built for
the MacDougalls, with it later passing to the
MacDonalds. The castle is now a ruin.
1800s early - the Laird of Gruline and Ulva,
Lachlan Macquarie, laid out Salen
Village and Harbour so as to connect his
Estates to shipping in the Sound of Mull.
The Mailboat service from Oban to Mull then
called at Salen pier en route to Tobermory.
1964 - new larger ferries began using
Craignure, 11 miles south, as the main ferry
terminus on the island, leading to the end of
Salen as a Mailboat destination.
1965 - the Glenforsa Grass
Airfield was built by the owners of the
Glenforsa Hotel just over one mile south of
Salen. The website states: Livestock may be on
the airstrip weekdays from October 1st to April
The Airfield was built for the small cottage
hospital in Salen to serve as Mull’s only
fixed-wing air ambulance evacuation
facility.The Glenforsa Airfield used to have a
regular service to Glasgow, a 30 minute trip.
1968 - the Glenforsa Hotel burned down,
leading to the present day hotel being built as
a Norwegian Lodge style Hotel.
1975 - Christmas Eve, a visiting 55 year old
pilot named Peter Gibbs had dinner with his
girlfriend at the hotel before going for a
night flight in his Cessna plane around the
area, never to return.
1976 April - Gibbs body was found on a hill
about two miles from the hotel. His plane was
found a few years later in the Sound of Mull,
east of the airfield. How his body and plane
were found so far apart, has never been
explained. Full Story.
1984 - the psychiatrist Angus MacNiven FRSE
was buried in Salen churchyard.