Depart by ferry for Craignure on the Isle of Mull, and from here there is an option to catch a coach to the spectacular Duart Castle. Perched on the sea-edge, the castle is the ancient seat of Clan Maclean and enjoys one of the most spectacular and unique positions on the west coast of Scotland.
Take a connecting bus to Tobermory, the picturesque main town and fishing port of Mull. With brightly painted buildings and surrounded by woodland-fringed hills, Tobermory is a wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon. The town has a good variety of shops, hotels, and other accommodation and the harbour is always busy with fishing boats, yachts and the ferry to and from Kilchoan.
From the harbour there are plenty of opportunities to join wildlife excursions, including cruising options with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Conversation Trust. With year-round resident bottlenose dolphins, grey seals and harbour porpoises, there is always something exciting to see. Seasonally there are even sightings of minke whales and basking sharks.
For those who wish to stay on dry land, pay a visit to the Mull Eagle Watch, organised by the RSPB and the only place where white-tailed eagles can be viewed from an organised hide in the UK. It is essential to book in advance to avoid disappointment and to allow the rangers to locate the best viewing point for the movable hide.
There are plenty of ranger-led walking tours and wildlife spotting bus tours around the island, departing from Tobermory. Again, it is advised that you book in advance.