Mull. From the grandeur of Ben More to a wildlife watchers paradise to the pastel coloured houses of bustling Tobermory


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tobermory ben-more To the South of Skye, not strictly part of the Highlands is the Island of Mull, part of the Inner Hebrides. 200 sq miles in area, with over 350 miles of coastline. From the grandeur of Ben More rising over 3000 feet from sea level, wide open vistas, sheltered bays and numerous offshore islands, including Iona burial ground of Scottish kings. Mull a wildlife lovers haven-haunt of the white tailed sea eagle, with many centuries of recorded history, to the pastel coloured houses of the islands capital Tobermory.

Mull Bed and Breakfast

mull-bed-breakfast Mull Bed and Breakfast. We highly recommend Pennygate Lodge a short walk from the ferry terminal at Craignure. A Georgian manse with delightful grounds overlooking the shore. Friendly hosts, sumptuous breakfasts, the most amazing views over the Bay. Ideal for exploring the Island. Tel: 01680 812333.

highland-cattle fishermen Now with a population of 3000, though a hundred and fifty years ago the population numbered over 12,000, but land clearances, subsidised emigration, and famine greatly reduced that number. Today tourism is the mainstay of the economy with over 350, 000 visitors each year, but farming, forestry, and commercial fishing (for farmed salmon oysters and mussels, as well as small boat fishing for lobster and crab) also provide the islanders with a living. There are over 180 miles of paved road on the island, single track with passing places but only 17 miles of two lane highway and most of that between Craignure and Tobermory.

The island enjoys a mild climate warmed by the North Atlantic Drift, with the most settled weather likely to be found during May to early June and September to October.

wildlife-mull Mull Wildlife Watching Some of the richest waters in terms of marine life found off the coast of the UK. In spring the surrounding Islands are a haven for nesting seabirds- for example huge numbers of shearwaters on Rhum; and puffins on the Treshnish Isles and Staffa. Whales, dolphins often seen on whale watching trips- one of the most popular Mull Wildlife Watching activities with visitors next to watching the Island's white tailed sea eagles. White Tailed Sea Eagles Mull .

duart-castle Isle of Mull Castle Duart Castle- one of the finest defensive castles in Scotland, built in the 13th century for the Clan Macdougal. Up until then the West Coast had been under the control of the Viking Kings. Soon after given to the Clan Maclean as a wedding dowry. Laid siege by Cromwell. Following Culloden used as a barrack and left to fall to ruin. In the early 1900's Sir Fitzroy Maclean restored the family seat and to this day one of the few castles used as a family home. Admire the splendour of the Baronial Hall, the windowless gloom of the dungeons, and from the ramparts on a fine day fine views across the Sound of Mull to the Argyll MountAin Ranges- how many munroes can you see in the far distance?

Explore nearby Torosay Castle actually more a Victorian Stately home, noted for its gardens. Catch the Mull Railway to and from Craignure. Visit the Island's Bird of Prey Centre.

staffa-boat-trip Staffa Boat Trip. Drive or catch a Island Bus Tour to Fionnphort, home to a scattered crofting and fishing community where fishermen unload their catch of crabs and lobsters onto waiting lorries. Embarkation point for the short ferry crossing to Iona. In 563AD St Columba landed to introduce Christianity to these shores settling soon after on Iona.

fingals-cave fionnphort Take a Mull wildlife watching trip, maybe land on Staffa, see the hexagonal columns of volcanic rock at Fingals Cave. On a calm day the boat inches it's way deep into the cave's murky depths to the sound of Mendelssohn's Hebridean Overture. Some say it was on a visit to Staffa that Mendelssohn gained the inspiration for this Overture, (though other academic works suggest that visits to Britain in general were the inspiration.) Visit the Columba Centre at Fionnphort, or walk the coastline, with its fine white sands and granite boulders and outcrops.

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