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Where To Visit On The Sound of Mull

Make the most of your journey alongside the Sound of Mull

Stretching along the Isle of Mull’s eastern shore, the Sound of Mull is the strip of water that divides the island from the west coast of mainland Britain. Visitors will cross it on either the Oban or Lochaline CalMac ferry. Naturally, many set straight off for their accommodation around the island, but there are lots of places to visit along the Sound on the way, and plenty lying within too! So take a bit of time to explore the Sound of Mull and all of its interesting sights en route with this guide.

Summer view over Grasspoint on the Sound of Mull

Looking over Grasspoint at the southern end of the Sound of Mull

Grasspoint

At the southern end of the Sound of Mull is Grasspoint. Located at the mouth of beautiful Loch Don, this is where 18th-century cattle drovers who had grazed their cattle on Mull’s abundant grass would ship their cattle to the small island of Kerrera. From there, the cattle would swim the narrow channel of water to Oban. Back on dry land, they would continue their journey further south to the Lowlands and England. These days, Grasspoint offers some wonderful views of the mainland and the mouth of Loch Linnhe. Wildlife such as otters are regularly seen in the shallow waters. The small quay here is a reminder  from the cattle’s past here.

Fishnish

Those interested in Mull’s abundant birdlife will also enjoy visiting Fishnish, just north of Craignure. White Tailed Eagles can be spotted from the timber built hide here. Those with a spring in their step and the energy for a day’s hike might like to take off up Glen Forsa with the uniquely-shaped hill Ben Talaidh in their sights. This is also located along the double-track road that leads north along the Sound of Mull.

At 748 metres high, Ben Talaidh is by no means Mull’s highest hill (this acclaim goes to Ben More, a munro standing at 966 metres) but it is a steep and challenging climb. On a sunny day, the summit yields views of the peaks of Mull, the Sound itself, and beyond the Sound, to the peaks of the Nevis range.

The Sound of Mull stretches along one side of the island's coast, with treasures including Grasspoint, Salen, Tobermory and even dive sites to be enjoyed!

Salen

There is just one settlement of any size along the stretch of road that borders the Sound of Mull. The pretty village of Salen boasts this claim, lying about halfway between Craignure, where the ferry arrives from Oban, and Tobermory, the only town on the island.

A couple of miles to the north of Salen lie the ruins of Aros Castle. This was built around the same time as Duart Castle, its better known neighbour, in the 1200s. But while Duart is a day out in itself, with tea rooms and tours, the remains of Aros Castle, perched on a spit of land at the mouth of the Aros River, are perfect for leisurely outdoor exploring. Take care of its steep sides, though. From the promontory, there are fantastic views up and down the Sound of Mull, and over to Morvern on the other side.

The Sound of Mull stretches along one side of the island's coast, with treasures including Grasspoint, Salen, Tobermory and even dive sites to be enjoyed!

Tobermory

At the north end of the Sound lies Tobermory, a pretty fishing harbour and home to many good restaurants and pubs. The excellent Mull Aquarium, a catch and release aquarium, and An Tobar fine arts centre, run by the organisation Comar, are also found here.

During spring and summer, boat trips go out to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles from Tobermory, where sharp-eyed visitors can see puffins and whales. For those looking for a bit of underwater adventure, the Sound of Mull has some of the best wreck diving in the British Isles. The stretch of water has a rich history of shipwrecks, including the SS Hispania, a Swedish merchant vessel that went down in 1954, well-known for being a well-preserved and interesting dive-site. There is a dive centre in Lochaline, on the mainland, that specialises in wreck diving.

The Sound of Mull stretches along one side of the island's coast, with treasures including Grasspoint, Salen, Tobermory and even dive sites to be enjoyed!

Mull’s “motorway”

Mull’s “motorway” is the road that travels the length of the Sound. It is the only double-track road on the island, making it a lot faster moving than the rest of the roads. Don’t be tempted to overlook its many treasures along the way, though. At almost any point along its route, otters, seals, birds and deer can be spotted (sometimes in the road, so take care!), as well as birds overhead. Take some time to enjoy it and all that it offers.

The Sound of Mull stretches along one side of the island's coast, with treasures including Grasspoint, Salen, Tobermory and even dive sites to be enjoyed!

Cars journey along the Sound of Mull on a late summer evening

 

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Getting to Mull by Ferry, Plane, Car and More!

Getting to Mull

Getting to Mull rewards you with a picturesque drive to your cottage

Road along Loch na Keal on Mull

The wild and rugged Isle of Mull is one of the most accessible of the Inner Hebridean islands. It lies only a short ferry ride away from the pretty port town of Oban on the west of Scotland. Even though the island, with its craggy shores, inland lochs and high peaks, has managed to keep a remote charm about it, cheaper and more frequent ferries mean that getting to Mull is now easier than ever.

Isle of Mull Location Map - getting to Mull couldn't be easier

Map showing the Isle of Mull’s location off the west coast of Scotland

Getting to Mull from Glasgow Airport

For overseas visitors, the international airport at Glasgow is just a couple of hours’ drive away from Oban, meaning you can make the hop to the Isle of Mull for a relaxing break in no time at all.

Getting to Mull usually starts with the ferry from Oban

Oban from where the ferry departs to the Isle of Mull

Taking the ferry to Mull from Oban

The journey to the Isle of Mull is all part of the fun. It begins in Oban, a small port town perched on the west coast of Scotland. Arrive with a couple of hours to spare before the ferry and you can visit the legendary Oban whisky distillery, have a dish of delicious, locally caught shellfish on the pier, and watch the fishing boats bobbing in the bay.

In the summer, the ferries to Mull leave around every hour. With the new scheme, a ticket is now around half the usual price for a car journey, making trips more affordable than ever. Hop on the ferry, take in the views and the fresh sea air from the top deck and enjoy the cruise through the islands as you travel to the Isle of Mull.

Lismore lighthouse with the mainland mountains in the distance - getting to Mull is a scenic experience

Lismore lighthouse with the mainland mountains in the distance

Wildlife and landmarks to look out for from the ferry

Around half way through the ferry journey to Craignure on the Isle of Mull, you’ll pass on the right hand side the beautiful lighthouse at Lismore, one of the smaller islands in the Inner Hebrides. This island lies long and narrow in the waters of Loch Linhe.

Beyond the island, and on a clear day, you’ll be able to see the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, surrounded by the rest of the Grampians. In winter, these are white-peaked and make for a beautiful backdrop as you cruise towards Mull.

Travelling onwards, the rocky ridges of Morvern, the most westerly part of mainland Britain, come into view as the ferry travels up the Sound of Mull towards Craignure. In summer, whales, dolphins and porpoises swim these waters, so be sure to take a boat trip out to see if you can catch a glimpse of them. When the stone edifice of Duart Castle, a 13th-century castle perched on the rocky shores of Mull, looms into view, you know you’ve nearly arrived on the island.

Getting to Mull will be a treat as you spot Duart Castle, a key landmark on the Isle of Mull

Duart Castle, a key landmark on the Isle of Mull

Getting to Mull takes just 45 minutes from Oban to Craignure, but whether you’ve been taking in the view and sunning yourself on the top deck or watching the landscape pass by from within the cosy ferry bar (if the weather is being particularly Scottish!), you’ll already have started to enjoy your holiday.

The Isle of Mull Ferry passing Lismore on the sailing to Mull, a tranquil way of getting to Mull

The Isle of Mull Ferry passing Lismore on the sailing to Mull

Mull’s single track roads

Once you arrive on Mull, it’s just a few minutes before you’ll be heading toward your chosen Holiday Cottage   The majority of the roads on the island are single track and offer a great way to see the landscapes and wildlife of Mull. Just remember to allow cars behind to pass using the passing places provided. Car hire is available on the Isle of Mull, though with limited availability, so it is worth booking in advance.

Buses, taxis and bikes on Mull

West Coast Motors operate the island’s main bus services and there are taxi services here too. Bicycle is another good option for exploring Mull once you are here. Mull Electric Bikes offer electric bikes for hire and can deliver them to your cottage. A range of mountain and road bikes can also be hired from On Yer Bike in Salen.

One of the most accessible inner Hebridean islands, getting to Mull is simple, whether from Glasgow airport, public transport or the ferry to Mull from Oban

West Coast Motors bus heads past Ben More on the Isle of Mull

You can also find more information and contact details for getting to and travelling around the Isle of Mull on this page.