Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Thu, 2010-01-14
Mull is the largest of the islands of Argyll and the third largest in Scotland. It has a rich cultural heritage, some most stunning land and seascapes and impressive wildlife. The island’s main town, Tobermory, is famed for the cheerful colours of its waterfront buildings and the yachts bobbing in the natural harbour, as well as being the setting for hit children’s TV show Balamory.
Famous for it’s brightly painted houses that reflect on the crystal clear water, Tobermory is one of the most picturesque villages in Scotland. Tobermory is an ideal base for any young family visiting Mull. Children will love you forever if you to take them to the ‘real’ Balamory – otherwise known as Tobermory, the colourful capital of the Inner Hebridean island of Mull, and the setting for the hit BBC show aimed at the under sixes. Tobermory was built as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is now the main village on Mull. It is a picture-postcard of a place with the brightly painted buildings along the main street to the pier and the high wooded hills surrounding the bay. All the houses featured in the programme, with the exception of Archie the Inventor’s pink castle (which is in North Berwick), are to be found in the town. Local tourist group, Holiday Mull and the area tourist board have produced a useful leaflet.
The highest of Mull’s hills, and the only one that is a ‘Munro’ (a Scottish peak over 3000 feet/915 m), Ben More is a prominent feature of many views on the island. The name is Gaelic for ‘big hill’. Loch na Keal National Scenic Area (NSA) embraces the coastline on the West of Mull, from Gribun cliffs to Ulva and Loch Tuath and also includes Inchkenneth, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles. NSAs are designated by Scottish Natural Heritage as areas of outstanding natural beauty. The ecomull charter promotes good environmental practice. A short ferry trip from Oban lies one of Scotland’s largest islands, the Isle of Mull. Stepping off the ferry at Craignure, those with a fascination for history can enjoy ancient Duart Castle .
The Isle of Mull and Iona are ideal places to base yourself for viewing the wildlife of Scotland. Species include whales and dolphins, eagles, otters, birds of prey and many other mammals. Some magnificent birds choose to over winter around the shores of Mull. Great Northern Diver and Slavonian Grebe are regularly seen in summer plumage in early winter and late spring. ‘Rare birds‘ visiting our shores include, from Europe, Bee-eater at Loch na Keal, and from north America, a drake Surf Scoter in Craignure Bay. Pie billed Grebe at the Mishnish Lochs.
Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions are the longest established land based operation of its kind in Scotland, Established in 1979 we have blazed the trail in eco tourism and wildlife watching. On our daily expeditions you will see Golden Eagles, Otters, White Tailed Sea Eagles, Porpoise, Red Deer, Seals, Hen Harriers and lots of other fascinating creatures along with some of the best scenery in the world. Daily wildlife expeditions have blazed the trail in wildlife watching for over twenty five years here and they are a must for any wildlife enthusiast visiting Scotland at any time of year. David Woodhouse Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions Ulva Ferry, Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland Tel/Fax: 01688 500121
Visit Burg, open to the full force of the Atlantic weather, together with its colloquial name, ‘The Wilderness’, gives an indication of the wild terrain of this property. Volcanic eruptions many million of years ago formed the distinctive stepped outline of the penninsula, as the molten lava cooled to form the cliffs which can be seen today. Although the area is now almost devoid of trees, the sea cliff beyond Brug Farm retains the impression of a tree know as “MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree,” engulfed by the lava flow perhaps 50 million years ago. Burg Tiroran Isle of Mull PA75 Scotland Tel: +44 (1463) 232034
Isle of Mull Museum; displays of island life. Fossils, standing stones, Spanish Galleon, crofting, second world war. Isle of Mull Museum Columba Buildings Main Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull Argyll PA75 6NY Scotland
Tel: +44 (1688) 302603
The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) and the Hebridean marine environment through education, research and working within local communities as a basis for the lasting conservation of local species and habitats. HWDT is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) and the Hebridean marine environment through education, research and working within Hebridean communities as a basis for the lasting conservation of local species and habitats. Involve yourself directly with whale and dolphin research off the west coast of Scotland; visit some of the remotest islands in the Hebrides, witness some of the most breath-taking scenery, gain sailing skills and contribute to the protection the marine environment – all in one trip! Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust 28 Main Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6NU Scotland Phone: +44 (0) 1688 302 620, +44 (0) 1688 302 859
Isle of Ulva Heritage Centre invites you one minute boat trip to Ulva. ‘The Boathouse’ is a small tearoom with an interpretative display above. ‘Sheila’s Cottage’ is a restored thatched cottage with historical display. Sign-posted walks. Isle of Ulva Heritage Centre Isle of Ulva, Ulva Ferry, Isle of Mull, Argyll PA73 6LZ Scotland
Tel: +44 (1688) 500100
Ross of Mull Historical Centre; discover local history and heritage, the people, how they lived, their songs, stories, ancestry, emigration, archeology, geology, crofting and wildlife. Ross of Mull Historical Centre Pier Road, Bunessan, Isle of Mull, Argyll PA67 6DG Scotland
Tel/ Fax: +44 (1681) 700659
St. Columba Centre – Isle of Mull will enter you Columba’s world before or after you visit Iona. You will encounter the man of Celtic times who changed history. St. Columba Centre – Isle of Mull Fionnphort, Isle of Mull, Argyll PA66 6BN Scotland
Tel: +44 (1681) 700660
The Boathouse Visitor Centre is a restored thatched Croft house & information centre. Signed walks. Try oysters with Guinness. The Boathouse Visitor Centre Isle of Ulva, Argyll, PA73 6LZ Scotland
Tel/ Fax: +44 (1688) 500264
The Old Byre is a Heritage Centre in the beautiful Glen Bellart close to the picturesque village of Dervaig on the Isle of Mull. The Old Byre is a must for anyone who would like to absorb the history of Mull in an effortless ‘armchair’ manner! With two amazing videos – one describing Mull’s history from when man first settled here, and the other one about Mull’s abundant and varied wildlife – both on land and in the waters around Mull, you can learn so much about this beautiful island. A 30 minute film explores Nick Hesketh’s intricate models of Mull life in the past. The Old Byre Heritage Centre Dervaig, Isle of Mull, Argyll, PA75 6QR Telephone: (01688) 400229
Isle of Mull Tourist Information Centre
Craignure The Pier, Craignure, Isle of Mull, PA65 6AY Open All year Tel: 08707 200 610
Tobermory Main Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull PA75 6NU Open Apr-Oct Tel: 08707 200 625
Chamber of Commerce – Isle of Mull
Bird life of the Isle of Mull
A holiday on Mull and Iona
‹ Isle of Jura up Isle of Rum, Eigg and Canna › Similar of ‘Isle of Mull’