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Tobermory, the Island of Mull's Capital, pastel coloured houses along the gentle curve of the harbour, nestling in a wooded bay. Popular with visiting yachtsmen. A delightful destination for any Scotland holiday.
The first settlement was on high ground to the north west, and was known as Tober Mhoire Up until the 18th century the only building on the shore was an inn (chargehouse). In 1789 a fishing station was established to harvest the then plentiful shoals of herring in the local waters. Though those shoals have long since gone Tobermory is still a bustling busy place.
Offshore legend has it there is sunken Spanish treasure ship called the Florida in the Bay. A visit to the museum throws a different light. In September 1588 a straggler from the Spanish Armada moored in the Bay only to sink in an explosion some 2 months later. It is now believed to be the 'San Juan de Sicilia', originally a merchant vessel. Despite many attempts to salvage anything nothing of significant value has yet been found - even though the last attempt used grappling grabs from a pontoon moored above and totally destroyed what little timber remained.
Main Street visit the Mull Museum. Lots places to eat too, from fish and chips from the stall on the Pier (Les Routiers) to bistros and restaurants, many specialising in sea food. From craftshops to galleries to a chandlers, to a grocers to a pharmacy, even a pottery and the Island's only bank.
Whisky Distillery. Visit the Ledaig Distillery, opened in the early 19th century and little changed to this day. Taking water from its own loch and using the finest malted barley to produce a fine single malt whisky. Light amber in colour with a fruity oh so slightly peaty taste.
Take a day cruise to Coll or Rhum or an all day sea angling trip. Lots of accommodation from hotel to bed and breakfast Tobermory, though demand is high if you do not book well in advance you might find it difficult to find somewhere to stay.
Mull Tobermory Ferry. Take the ferry to Kilchoan, or drive the 25 miles to Craignure to catch the larger "Isle of Mull" to Oban and the mainland.
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