Things to do on the Isle of Mull
The near-constant conveyor belt of Calmac ferries from Oban to Craignure would put Ryanair to shame. Iona day trippers aside, this has to be one of the busiest tourist routes in the country. So here’s a few reasons why.
There’s only one place to start and it’s Mull’s pretty ‘capital’ of Tobermory. Famous for its boldly coloured waterfront buildings, it can proudly claim to be one of the most recognisable spots in all of Scotland. This is particularly true for certain generations thanks to the TV show Balamory. Don’t sing the song! It’ll be with you all day. But with an excellent distillery, seafood on demand and arts and crafts shops all over the place it is one of my favourite island hubs and an excellent base for travel operations.
It would not be a west coast of Scotland trip without a mention of a world class beach or two. From the magnificent coastline of the Ross of Mull, along the road to Iona, to the breath-taking Calgary Bay, Mull does not let the west down. Calgary is a little adrift in the far north of the island but the single track road from Tobermory should be no deterrent as it is more than a little special. Picture perfect and with Tiree and Coll visible from the sands, Scotland’s coasts are a work of art. In fact only a determined Atlantic breeze keeps any lingering thoughts of dipping a toe firmly shelved. Maybe next time.
Still as castle daft as ever, a trip to impressive Duart was always going to be on the cards. Prominently perched on just about the easternmost point on Mull, Duart Castle has long been home to the Clan Maclean. Grim dungeons, excellent views looking back to the mainland, a Hollywood history and a cheery guide make for an excellent visit. Significantly, the castle is still lived in by the owners, adding a nice personal touch to its long history.
The Isle of Mull is one of the most loved spots in all of Scotland. Its beaches, wildlife, coloured houses and rugged landscape make it worthy of much more than just a day trip. I’ll leave you with one of the debates I heard on the ferry back to Oban – Skye or Mull? And, with that, it’s time for a dram.