on Ben More, Mull

Welcome to the magical island of Mull, a gem nestled in the picturesque Hebrides archipelago. With its stunning landscapes, abundant wildlife, and rich history, Mull is an extraordinary destination that guarantees an unforgettable escape.

A chance holiday mix up meant my family and I found ourselves there years ago. And we’ve not missed a year since. Indeed, it has become so deeply ingrained in the fabric of our lives that if anyone asks what my sisters and I would do if we won the lottery, we say ‘buy a house on Mull’, without hesitation.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of this enchanting island as you explore its rugged coastline, dramatic cliffs, and golden sandy beaches. Hike through scenic trails that lead to hidden waterfalls and ancient ruins, or embark on a wildlife adventure to spot majestic sea eagles, seals, and even the elusive otters. For history aficionados, Mull boasts fascinating medieval castles and sacred standing stones that tell tales of bygone eras.

Indulge your taste buds in the local cuisine, featuring the freshest seafood caught right off the coast. Sample the famous Tobermory whisky, distilled in Mull’s colorful waterfront town, or visit a local brewery to savor unique craft beers.

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The harbour on Mull

Whether you seek tranquility in nature or crave thrilling outdoor activities, Mull offers something for everyone. Discover the marvels of Mull and let this idyllic Hebridean island capture your heart.

The natural beauty of Mull

Mull is a paradise for nature lovers, boasting breathtaking landscapes that will leave you in awe. Explore the island’s rugged coastline, where dramatic cliffs meet the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Take a stroll along the golden sandy beaches, where you can feel the soft sand between your toes and listen to the soothing sound of the waves. The crystal-clear waters of Mull’s lochs and bays are perfect for a refreshing swim or a relaxing boat trip.

sea cove on Mull

Hike through Mull’s scenic trails and immerse yourself in its natural wonders. Discover hidden waterfalls tucked away in lush forests, where the sound of cascading water creates a peaceful atmosphere. As you walk, keep an eye out for the vibrant wildflowers that adorn the landscape, adding a splash of colour to the already stunning scenery. The diverse terrain of Mull offers something for everyone, whether you prefer easy coastal walks or challenging hikes up the island’s peaks.

Mull’s natural beauty extends beyond its land. The island is home to an array of marine life, making it a popular spot for wildlife enthusiasts. Take a boat tour and witness the majestic sea eagles soaring through the sky, their wingspan leaving you in awe. Keep your eyes peeled for seals basking in the sun on rocky outcrops, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot the elusive otters playing in the water. Mull’s waters are also teeming with diverse marine life, making it a prime destination for snorkeling or diving adventures.

sea view on Mull

Wildlife spotting on Mull

Mull is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, offering a chance to see some of Scotland’s most iconic animals in their natural habitat. The island is particularly renowned for its birdlife, with over 250 species recorded here. One of the most impressive sights is the majestic sea eagle, the largest bird of prey in the UK. With its impressive wingspan and distinctive white tail feathers, spotting a sea eagle in flight is a truly unforgettable experience.

In addition to sea eagles, Mull is also home to a variety of other bird species, including puffins, guillemots, and razorbills. These charismatic seabirds can be found nesting on Mull’s towering cliffs during the breeding season, providing a spectacular display of nature’s wonders. For birdwatchers, Mull offers countless opportunities to observe and photograph these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

Mull’s waters are equally rich in marine life. Take a boat trip and you might encounter seals lounging on rocky shores or bobbing in the water. These playful creatures are known for their curious nature, and if you’re lucky, they might even swim alongside your boat, providing a delightful show. Dolphins and porpoises are also frequent visitors to Mull’s coastal waters, often seen leaping and frolicking in the waves. If you’re an avid wildlife enthusiast, Mull is the perfect destination to tick off some of Scotland’s most iconic animals from your bucket list.

sandy beach on Mull

Outdoor activities on Mull

Mull offers a wide range of outdoor activities for adventure seekers of all ages. The island’s diverse terrain provides ample opportunities for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a journey through Mull’s scenic trails, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views at every turn. From leisurely strolls along the coastline to challenging hill walks, there’s a trail for every level of fitness.

Ben More, Mull’s only Munro – is worth every leg-aching step; when you summit along a snowy ridge you’re standing on the edge of beyond, with mountains petering away underfoot like the fleeting feet of ballet dancers as the Sugar Plum Fairy takes the stage.

Cycling enthusiasts will delight in exploring Mull on two wheels. The island’s quiet roads and picturesque landscapes make for an enjoyable biking experience. Whether you choose to pedal along the coastline or venture inland, you’ll be treated to stunning vistas and the fresh sea breeze as you explore at your own pace.

There is a brilliantly warm community on Mull, regular celidhs, local craft shops and the brightly coloured houses of the ‘capital’ Tobemory (of Ballemory fame) to keep you feeling ‘civilised.’ But head to the Ross of Mull for the bedfellows of beauty and remoteness. Walks along sheep tracks around dramatic headland that nearly always involve (if you’re led by someone like my dad) a nail-biting sea traverse and breathtaking views of islands out at sea that change colour in the light.

hiking view on Isle of Mull

For those who prefer a more leisurely outdoor experience, horseback riding is a popular activity on Mull. Trot along the island’s sandy beaches or traverse the rolling hills, taking in the beauty of your surroundings from a unique perspective. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a beginner, there are guided tours and lessons available to suit all levels of experience.

Exploring the history and culture of Mull

Mull is steeped in history, with evidence of human settlement dating back thousands of years. Explore the island’s rich heritage by visiting its medieval castles and sacred standing stones. Mull’s castles, such as Duart Castle and Moy Castle, offer a glimpse into the island’s turbulent past. Wander through their halls and courtyards, imagining the stories that unfolded within their walls.

For those interested in ancient history, Mull’s standing stones provide a fascinating insight into the island’s prehistoric past. These ancient monuments, some dating back over 4,000 years, are shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Take a moment to contemplate their significance as you stand among these ancient relics, feeling a connection to the past.

Mull is also known for its vibrant Gaelic culture. Immerse yourself in the island’s traditions by attending a local ceilidh, where you can experience traditional music, dance, and storytelling. Visit the Mull Museum to learn more about the island’s history and heritage, or explore the various galleries and craft shops that showcase the work of local artists and artisans.

view from the boat on Mull

Popular attractions on Mull

In addition to its natural beauty and rich history, Mull offers a range of popular attractions that are not to be missed. One of the most iconic landmarks on the island is the colorful waterfront town of Tobermory. Stroll along the picturesque harbor lined with brightly painted buildings, and explore the charming shops, galleries, and cafes that fill the streets. Don’t forget to visit the Tobermory Distillery, where you can sample the famous Tobermory whisky, distilled right here on Mull.

Another must-visit attraction is the Isle of Mull Cheese, a family-run dairy farm that produces award-winning artisan cheeses. Take a tour of the farm and learn about the cheese-making process, from the milking of the cows to the aging of the cheese. Sample a variety of delicious cheeses and take some home as a tasty souvenir of your visit.

For nature lovers, a visit to the Isle of Mull Wildlife Tours is highly recommended. Join a guided tour and explore the island’s incredible wildlife, from sea eagles and otters to dolphins and whales. The knowledgeable guides will ensure you have the best chance of spotting these magnificent creatures while providing fascinating insights into their behavior and habitat.

The spiritually-steeped island of Iona and its famous abbey are definitely worth a visit too and is just a short ferry ride from Finnophort, as are the ruins of Shiaba (meaning six cows in Gaelic); all that is left of a community wiped out by the clearances in the 1800s.

a view over Isle of Mull

Accommodation options on Mull

Mull offers a range of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. Whether you prefer the comfort of a luxury hotel, the coziness of a bed and breakfast, or the freedom of self-catering accommodation, you’ll find the perfect place to rest your head after a day of exploring.

For a truly unique experience, consider staying in one of Mull’s charming cottages or holiday homes. These self-contained properties offer a home away from home, allowing you to immerse yourself in the island’s laid-back lifestyle. Wake up to breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, and enjoy the freedom to come and go as you please.

If you prefer a more traditional hotel experience, Mull has a range of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel with spa facilities or a cozy inn with a friendly atmosphere, you’ll find accommodation to suit your needs. Many hotels on Mull offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape, providing the perfect backdrop for a relaxing getaway.

Here are some varied accommodation options on Mull for you to check out.

Glengorm Castle: Experience luxury and elegance at Glengorm Castle, a historic estate offering stunning views of the Isle of Mull. Enjoy spacious rooms, fine dining, and explore the beautiful grounds.

Tobermory Hotel: Located in the colorful town of Tobermory, Tobermory Hotel offers comfortable accommodations with a traditional Scottish charm. Enjoy easy access to the town’s attractions and picturesque harbor views.

Pennygate Lodge: Pennygate Lodge is a cozy guesthouse situated in the heart of Craignure village. With comfortable rooms, friendly staff, and a convenient location, it’s an ideal base for exploring the island.

The Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa: Nestled amidst picturesque landscapes, The Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa offers a range of accommodations, spa facilities, and breathtaking views. Relax in style and enjoy the tranquility of the island.

Calgary Bay Wild Camping: For an adventurous experience, consider wild camping at Calgary Bay. This beautiful sandy beach offers stunning views and a chance to connect with nature on the remote west coast of Mull.

Tiroran House Hotel: Indulge in a peaceful retreat at Tiroran House Hotel. Located near Loch Scridain, this charming country house offers comfortable rooms, delicious cuisine, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Fingal’s Cave Cottage: Stay in a unique self-catering cottage near Fionnphort, overlooking the dramatic Fingal’s Cave. Enjoy breathtaking views, coastal walks, and the opportunity to immerse yourself in Mull’s natural beauty.

Lochbuie Bunkhouse: Perfect for budget travelers, Lochbuie Bunkhouse offers affordable accommodation in a stunning location. Enjoy a cozy stay with access to hiking trails, wildlife spotting, and nearby historic sites.

coastal view on Mull, Scotland

Dining and local cuisine on Mull

Mull’s culinary scene is a delight for food lovers, with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Seafood is a highlight, with the island’s proximity to the ocean ensuring that you can enjoy the freshest catch of the day. Indulge in a platter of succulent langoustines, or savour a bowl of hearty seafood chowder, bursting with flavor.

For those with a sweet tooth, Mull is home to several artisan chocolate makers and bakeries. Treat yourself to a slice of homemade cake or indulge in a box of handcrafted chocolates, made with love and care.

No visit to Mull would be complete without sampling the famous Tobermory whisky. Take a tour of the distillery and learn about the whisky-making process, from the malting of the barley to the maturation of the spirit. Finish off your visit with a tasting session, where you can savor the unique flavors and aromas of Mull’s finest whisky.

Planning your trip to Mull

When planning your trip to Mull, it’s important to consider the best time to visit. The island experiences a mild maritime climate, with temperatures generally ranging from 6°C (43°F) in winter to 15°C (59°F) in summer. The summer months of June to August offer the best weather, with longer days and a higher chance of sunshine. However, Mull’s beauty can be enjoyed year-round, with each season offering its own unique charm.

To reach Mull, you can take a ferry from Oban on the mainland. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes, allowing you to soak in the stunning views of the surrounding islands along the way. Alternatively, you can fly to Glasgow and take a connecting flight or drive to Oban.

Once on Mull, a car is recommended for exploring the island at your own pace. However, there are also public transport options available, including buses and taxis. It’s worth noting that some of Mull’s more remote areas may require a bit of walking or hiking to access, so be sure to pack appropriate footwear and clothing.

sunset on Mull

Conclusion and final thoughts

Mull is a truly magical destination that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, wildlife, history, and culture. Whether you’re seeking tranquility in nature, thrilling outdoor activities, or a taste of the island’s rich heritage, Mull has it all. Immerse yourself in the marvels of Mull and let this idyllic Hebridean island capture your heart. From its stunning landscapes to its abundant wildlife, Mull is an escape like no other. Plan your trip, pack your bags, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure.

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5 Comments

  1. Ready for the Hebrides (and waiting for August)

  2. Adventure Travel Editor says:

    Paradise indeed!

  3. Paradise. I may just have to follow in your footsteps.

  4. That is a truly stunning last photo. Beautiful.

    I totally understand where you’re coming from. I just came back from a two week visit to Istanbul, and there I constantly felt the urge to get out and walk and explore every day. No cars, no buses, no bikes. Just walk for hours and hours, up steep hills and along winding alleys, enjoying and savoring each moment. Coming back to the US has been a jolt!

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