Isle of Mull, Argyll

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Isle of Mull

Let's put it to you straight; there really is no need to 'mull over' the decision on whether you should visit the Isle of Mull. This large Inner Hebridean island is full of many incredible possibilities, whether you are going for a day trip or staying a fortnight. Nestled close to the western mainland, it's the third largest island in Scotland and one of the most accessible, being served by three ferries.

A town of many colours

Pretty Tobermory is the island's main town, located in the north east. It's a charming wee place that begs to be explored; brightly painted buildings line the waterfront, and it boasts a lovely array of independent businesses including a chocolate shop, bakery, candle company, silversmith, art gallery and pottery maker. Tobermory is also home to a renowned arts centre, a small theatre company, and some great pubs and eateries. What more could you possibly want from an island town?

Naturally inspiring

Mull is one of the best places to spot rare white-tailed sea eagles, or take a boat trip off shore for a chance to spot whales, dolphins, basking sharks and other sealife. There is miles of coastline to explore, from the pure white sands of Calgary Bay in the north west to the impressive sea arches of Carsaig in the south. Perhaps you'll bag a Munro and climb Ben More, or capture some incredible landscape images on a photography tour?

Beyond Mull

To the west of Mull, there are some exciting discoveries to be made. The tiny, enchanting Isle of Iona is a peaceful haven, with its beautiful little bays and ancient abbey. Take in one of Scotland's geological wonders on a boat trip to Staffa, distinguished by its hexagonal basalt columns and home to Fingal's Cave, a natural cathedral-like structure. In the summer months, you might even get up close to a puffin or two, or behold the incredible sight of thousands of breeding seabirds on the Treshnish Isles.

Travel in Mull

Getting here 

Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) operates three car ferry services to the island. The most popular route connects Oban with Craignure, the island's main port which is located on its eastern coast. This service runs roughly every couple of hours throughout the day, but if you are planning on taking a vehicle it's advisable to book your place in advance!

Further north, you can also travel from Lochaline, on the Morvern Peninsula, to Fishnish, or take the ferry from Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula to Tobermory, the largest settlement on the island.

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Getting around

Some of the island's roads are single track, with ample passing places. The island is served by three local bus services operated by West Coast Motors which connect the main towns and villages, plus there are taxi services and car hire too.

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