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Isle of Mull
Description:
Stunning, rugged Scottish Island
Region: Scotland
Pronounced: ii-ul ov mul
Time to spend here: 1 - 3 days
Nature loversWalking FanaticsIn the country
Isle of Mull, Scotland

Isle of MulllIsle of Mull

A short ferry journey from the mainland, The Isle of Mull is a wonderful place to visit, especially if you’re a nature lover. Not only is it one of the best places to see birds of prey in the UK, but there are ample opportunities to view marine life all around the island including whales, seals, dolphins and more amidst some gorgeous hillscapes which walkers will enjoy.   

Tobermory, capital of Mull, is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland, thanks to the colourful houses and a sheltered bay. It is also the setting for the UK kids show Balamory. Mull is also a great base for taking a boat trip over to explore the islands of Iona, Coll and Tiree.
Local Activities
Tobermory
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
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TombermoryApart from Tobermory’s delightfully coloured houses lining the harbour, the town offers a number of interesting water based activities including the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, which is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s whales, dolphins and porpoises and runs wildlife-watching trips. There are also a number of other operators running various scenic boat trips as well as fishing trips.
Craignure
Craignure, Isle of Mull
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CraignureAt Craignure (where most visitors arrive on the island from the town of Oban on the mainland, the Mull Rail steam train runs 1.5 miles to Torosay Castle which occupies a beautifully sheltered south-facing location on the north west side of Mull's Duart Bay. Kids will also enjoy clambering over the battlements of Duart Castle, perched on top of a rocky outcrop at the end of a peninsula near the easternmost corner of Mull.
Wings over Mull
Wings over Mull, Isle of Mull
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Wings over mullWings over Mull have birds of prey from across the world, including the entire British owl species, together with Hawks, Falcons, Eagles, Kites and Vultures. A team of trained display birds give flying demonstrations.
Ben More Walk
Climb Ben More, Isle of Mull
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Ben MoreWalkers will enjoy climbing Ben More which at 3169ft is the highest peak on the island.
Dervaig
Dervaig, Isle of Mull
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DervaigAt Dervaig in the west of the island you can take sightseeing cruises to Fingal’s cave on Staffa which is a haven for seabirds.  Just outside Dervaig, Old Byre Heritage Centre relates the history and traditions of Mull, while the picturesque church, with its pencil steeple, has superb stained-glass windows. Further west Calgary has one of Scotland’s finest beaches in a secluded bay.
Macquarie Mausoleum
Macquarie Mausoleum, Isle of Mull
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MaquarieAustralians will be interested to know that the remains of Major General Lachlan Macquarie who was made governor of New South Wales in 1809 and widely regarded as the ‘Father of Australia’ has he is buried on the island in the Macquarie Mausoleum on the island.  

What can I see in the area?

From the Isle of Mull it’s possible to visit 3 smaller islands just a short boat trip away...
The Isle of Iona
The Isle of Iona
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IonaThe Isle of Iona (just 3.5 x 1.5 miles) is the birthplace of Celtic Christianity. St Columba came here in 563 exiled from his native Ireland, and built a monastery. Today the beautiful Iona Abbey (which lies not far from the original monastery burned down by Viking raiders during the 9th century) is home to the Iona Community and a place of Christian pilgrimage.
The Isle of Tiree
The Isle of Tiree
TireeThe Isle of Tiree is all about tranquillity where all you can hear are the waves lapping on the vast white sand beaches and birdsongs. Like Tiree, the Isle of Coll doesn’t have any ‘attractions’ as such, but plenty of sandy beaches and is a place of peace and refuge.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
CADW Pass
Historic Scotland

Historic Scotland Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Isle of Iona, Isle of Tiree
Transport options in this area: Transport on Mull is limited. A vehicle is needed to enjoy it fully.
Did you know:
Mull is home to the largest and rarest bird of prey in Britain, the white-tailed sea eagle. As a result, it is also home to egg thieves, who prize rare birds’ eggs and collect or sell them.
Film locations:
Entrapment
1999 Sean Connery
Kidnapped 1971 Michael Caine
Stirling Stirling Fort William Fort William
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