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Calgary is a very popular visitor destination, and FOCB is working hard to balance the various, sometimes conflicting, demands that its 'honey-pot' status creates, with the aim of promoting the enjoyment and tranquillity of visitors and residents alike. One purpose of this web-site is to promote a 'no surprises' culture, by providing relevant information so that visitors planning to come to Calgary know what to expect before they set off to Mull from home. We hope that you will find this web-site informative - and encourage you to feed back your comments and suggestions to us, by using the 'Contact Us' page.

Based on the rights and responsibilities conferred by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (see below), FOCB has developed a simple Wild Camping Code for overnight visitors to Calgary Bay, which has been designed to promote the enjoyment and tranquillity of all who come to this lovely place. In order to be effective, this code relies on the willingness of overnight visitors to comply with its advice and, in particular, with the zoning arrangements made for the separation of vehicles and tents, which have been introduced to promote the safety of users of the wild camping area. The Mull Ranger Service routinely monitors visitor conduct and compliance at Calgary, and is available to provide advice to visitors (see 'Contact Us' page).

 

CALGARY BAY WILD CAMPING CODE  Click her for printable document

Calgary Bay is owned by Argyll & Bute Council. This is not an official camp site but wild camping is permitted. Wild camping means short stay camping only. Our aim is to protect and preserve this beautiful area for the enjoyment of all.

  • Fires. Please do not gather wood from nearby woodland. Use existing hearths - no fires on the machair. Use driftwood and/or bought wood available locally.
     

  • Water. Please note that tap water or burn water is not fit for drinking.Rubbish. Please clear up after your stay. Where possible, take rubbish away.
     

  • Noise. Please respect and consider others. Keep noise down, especially after 10.00pm.
     

  • Dogs. Please remember to keep your dog under control.
     

  • Flora. This area is a SSSI and is specially protected as it is made up of a special grassland known as machair. Machair develops over time as calcareous sand is blown inland from the beaches and dunes by strong winds. The flora living on the machair is unique and it owes its origin to traditional grazing of cattle and sheep. Machair in Argyll makes up 10-20% of the world's Machair resource. You can help by taking care not to damage the vegetation.

 

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code, sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage and approved by the Scottish Parliament in 2004, includes the following advice and definitions concerning 'Wild Camping':

EXTRACT FROM SCOTTISH OUTDOOR ACCESS CODE (PART 5) - WILD CAMPING

Responsible behaviour by the public. Access rights extend to wild camping. This type of camping is lightweight, done in small numbers and only for two or three nights in any one place. You can camp in this way wherever access rights apply but help to avoid causing problems for local people and land managers by not camping in enclosed fields of crops or farm animals and by keeping well away from buildings, roads or historic structures. Take extra care to avoid disturbing deer stalking or grouse shooting. If you wish to camp close to a house or building, seek the owner's permission. Leave no trace by:ˇ taking away all your litter;ˇ removing all traces of your tent pitch and of any open fire (follow the guidance for lighting fires);ˇ not causing any pollution.

Responsible behaviour by land managers. If you are experiencing large numbers of roadside campers or have well-used wild camping areas, you could work with your local authority and with recreational bodies to assist the management of such camping.

 

Listing of Local Facilities

Although easily accessible by road, some visitors are surprised to find that, for example, the nearest petrol station is 13 miles distant in Tobermory! Here is a list of some of the more commonly requested facilities:

At Calgary (see also the sponsored links on this page)

ˇ Hotel, café, gallery for locally produced artwork/gifts
ˇ Variety of accommodation (B&B, self-catering, etc)

At Dervaig (5 miles)

ˇ Post Office and shop (sells most essentials)
ˇ Coffee/book shop
ˇ Pub/restaurant/hotel
ˇ Church
ˇ Variety of accommodation (B&B, self-catering, hotel, etc)

At Tobermory (13 miles)

ˇ Petrol and garage repairs
ˇ Doctor's and Dentist's Surgeries
ˇ Supermarkets, chemist, gift shops, etc, etc
ˇ Cafés, pubs, restaurants, hotels, etc
ˇ Churches
ˇ Visitor Centres, galleries, craft shops, etc
ˇ Variety of accommodation (B&B, self-catering, hotels, etc)
ˇ Official campsite for tents, campervans and caravans