Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute, is the largest of the Inner Hebrides. It is an island of great variety, with its rough moorlands to the North, and its hilly centre (rising to 3,169 ft in Ben More to the West at the Burg), and showing a bold headland to the southern townships round Loch Don, Loch Spelve, and Lochbuie, and the sandy machair at the tip of the Ross of Mull opposite Iona. Great castles, like ruined Aros and Duart (restored by the Chief of the Macleans in 1912), were strong points in their day, and the military ardour of the Mullmen is shown by a list of more than 100 officers (including seven generals) who served at the time of the Napoleonic wars, and brought countless soldiers, mostly Macleans, from the island into the ranks of the army. Although it lacks some of the grandeur and rock-climbing attractions of Skye, Mull is to some people an equally favourite island for holidays.
Its roads are varied, though sometimes rough (and it is as well to remember that the distance from the chief town Tobermory to the Iona ferry is about 50 miles), and there are many attractive places at the head of the long sea-lochs that bite into the land. Tobermory, founded as a fishing village in 1788, fills a dramatic site in an islet-sheltered anchorage in the North East, and there are sandy bays such as Calgary in the North West and Uisken near Bunussan in the South. The Sound of Mull, which separates the island from the mainland of Morven, is a busy and generally sheltered waterway. Steamers from Oban to the Outer Hebrides call at the Mull ports, and a vehicle ferry connects Craignure with Oban on the mainland and Lochaline in Morven. Buses run throughout the island, and there are hotels in profusion, guest houses and caravan and camping sites. Campers should seek a farmer's permission, as much of the unfenced land is in fact valuable grazing. The Forestry Commission also welcomes visitors to its large tracts of land. Apart from golf, pony-trekking, sea angling, salmon and trout fishing, swimming, walking, and nature study (Mull is proud of its red and fallow deer and advertises deer-stalking for visitors on a 15,000-acre deer forest), it is a yachtsman's Mecca, and at Tobermory visitors may even join a 50-ft ketch as crew for a cruise of a week or two.
One of the attractions of Mulls is the fringe of lesser isles lying off its coast, Iona, Staffa, Treshnish, Ulva, Gometra, Inch Kenneth, and others. Most of these can be visited by motor launch.
The people of Mull are great singers and musicians, and welcome visitors to their ceilidhs, impromptu or organized. A special attraction is the Little Theatre at Dervaig (the smallest professional theatre in the world, seating forty-five in a converted byre): here there are morning and afternoon performances for children — worth knowing if there is rain.
Nearby islands: Isle of Barra, Isle of Coll, Isle of Colonsay, Isle of Eriskay, Isle of Iona, Jura, Isle of Tiree
Nearby towns: Castlebay, Fort William, Lochgilphead, Oban, Tobermory
Nearby villages: Ballygown, Bunessan, Charsaig, Craignure, Killichronan, Killunaig, Kilmartin, Knock, Lagganulva, Lochbuie, Pennygown, Salen
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation