TOBERMORY is effectively the capital of Mull. Lying in the north-east of the island, its distinctively painted buildings are strung round a horseshoe shaped, sheltered bay, like jewels on a bracelet. Amongst the shops are a baker, fishmonger, butcher, ironmonger, wine merchants, pharmacy, chandlery, silversmith and book shop as well as a branch of the Co-op, Clydesdale Bank and Post Office.
The harbour-side also possesses three inns, museums of island life and marine natural history and a distillery which offers tours and tastings. Tobermory is the perfect base from which to take boat trips to see whales, dolphins, porpoises and otters; road trips to watch the newly reintroduced sea (or white-tailed) eagles and golden eagles, puffins and a myriad of other sea birds or simply to explore the island’s amazing geology and terrain.
There are numerous festivals, notably the world-famous car rally, music and yacht weeks. Nearby a small theatre hosts plays both traditional and new.
MULL is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides. It is served by a frequent vehicle carrying ferry service from the mainland at Oban. The crossing takes 45 minutes. For those without their own cars, vehicles can be hired on the island and there is a good bus service.
The island is the epicentre for a dazzling array of lesser islands including Iona, famous for its abbey and Staffa, which so inspired Mendelssohn to write his Hebrides Overture. Mull is a land of dazzling beaches, forests, glens and mountains, the highest, Ben More at 966m, being the only island ‘munro’ outside Skye. Its human history is just as rich: stone circles, duns and brochs, castles and the ruins of ‘township’ villages deserted in the period of the Clearances, all testify the island’s colourful story.
Please don’t hesitate to ask about any of these and more when you make an enquiry!