Explore the Island
Flowing lava, white sands, the grandeur of Ben More; the Isle of Mull unveils a diverse topography like no other.
Stunning views and rare wildlife, including some of Scotland’s most precious bird and insect life, are an inspiration to creativity, a great draw to photographers, painters and writers. Unspoilt landscape notwithstanding, there is also plenty of history and culture. Duart Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan MacLean, boasts a commanding position at the entrance to the Sound of Mull and is steeped in lore.
Tobermory, the island’s main town, may be popular with the children as the home to the hit TV show Balamory, but it also houses a rich micro culture. Those famous seafront properties with their lolly-pop colours are populated with fine hotels and vibrant restaurants. The town also offers a theatre, museum, distillery, golf course and a scattering of independent stores and attractions.
Beyond Tobermory to the north-west is the idyllic Calgary Bay, with one of the finest white sand beaches on Mull and a unique ecosystem for many bird and insect species. For a real memory-making drive, head to Ulva Ferry from here and take in the panoramic views of the Treshnish Isles and the Ross of Mull. The short ferry ride to Ulva is a must for archaeology enthusiasts, with Livingston’s Cave and stories of human communities living there from 5,650BC.
Back on Mull and into the centre, you’ll find Loch na Keal, with unforgettable views of an island studded sea. This is the dramatic coastline where ancient lava flows, creating basalt terraces and distinctive sea cliffs. To enjoy the mountains of Mull, seek the southern shore. They stretch across the middle of the island, rising to Munro Ben More at 3,169ft.
Dotted through the island are some lovely villages. Gribun has a fabulous white sandy beach at low tide and enjoys some spectacular west coast sunsets. Kintra and Uisken have wonderful outlooks, and the dramatic position of Carsaig has provided an iconic setting for films including ‘Silent Storm’ and ‘I know where I’m going’.
Also on your must see list are the geologically diverse Ross of Mull and the enchanting Isle of Iona, known as the ‘birthplace of Christianity’.
The beauty of the island and its surrounds is that there is so much to enjoy and discover, but it will never feel rushed. With the freshest air and quietly alive environment, you will be drawn into a place of relaxation and peace.
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