The name comes from the Gaelic, Cala ghearraidh, meaning 'Beach of the meadow'.
Located in the north-west of Mull on the Mornish headland, Calgary Sands is a wide beach of fine sand overlooking Calgary Bay.
It nestles between the Mornish (north)and Treshnish (south) headlands on the B8073 road from Dervaig.
A large stone pier, located a short walk along the north side of the bay, is in very good condition and well worth seeing. The pier was apparently a major departure point for Islanders who were displaced in the Clearances. Calgary in Canada takes its name from here.
To the rear of the beach is one of the few areas of Machair found on Mull and is the habitat for many species of wild flower. The Machair itself is vulnerable and only protected by a low wire fence.
The bay is very popular with families because of its fine sands and superb views.
A short distance north along the B8073 is Calgary Art in Nature. With a superb woodland walk, lots of flora, gallery and café (in season only) it is well worth a look.
Calgary currently has an area designated as a wild camping site. There are public toilets locate at the roadside but they have seen better days.
Calgary is easily accessible from Dervaig or Salen, but all roads, as with most of Mull, are single-track and often built into the high hillsides.
The drive south through Treshnish towards Loch na Keal has spectacular views with Basking Sharks often seen in the waters beyond the cliffs and the occasional Golden Eagle cruising the skies looking for lunch.
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