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What to Expect When You Visit Mull in the Winter

Escape for a winter break

Between November and March, we offer the lowest weekly rental fees you’ll find our cottages advertised at all year, often hundreds of pounds less than they would be in high summer. On top of that, many of our cottages also offer short breaks, with stays from just two nights and flexible arrival and departure days.

You can tailor-make your winter escape to suit your timings and budget. Remember we are just at the end of the phone if you have any specific queries or requests. We’re here to find the perfect Isle of Mull cottage for you.

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

Plain sailing

One of the biggest questions asked by guests choosing an Isle of Mull cottage for winter surrounds the ferries. What happens if your sailing is disrupted due to bad weather? Will the ferries be running?

The good news is that CalMac operate a year-round ferry service to Mull, with the exceptions of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Even during the winter, we have multiple ferry sailings a day to choose from and three different routes on and off the island (from Oban to Craignure, or from Lochaline to Fishnish and Kilchoan to Tobermory).

Should the bigger ferries be disrupted due to weather, then CalMac often suggest you divert and come via Lochaline to Fishnish instead. This ferry operates to a timetable but doesn’t need to be booked in advance and often sails in poorer weather than the bigger counterparts. The port staff are very helpful and will do their best to help with your travel plans.

A winter’s sunset from the top of Ben More.

Season’s change

Mull is an island with a thriving population of almost 3,000 residents who live here year-round. So while there is of course a seasonal element to the island with some businesses and attractions just open from April to October, not everything grinds to a halt.

Our village shops remain open year-round for groceries and some of the restaurants and cafes operate over the winter months too. What a winter visit to an Isle of Mull cottage does require though is planning ahead.

Not everywhere will be open, so call ahead to check availability and make dinner reservations. Tobermory, the island’s harbour capital, has several pubs and restaurants that keep their doors open year-round, and several are dog friendly too.

Likewise, most boat trips are weather dependent, which means the arrival of winter and its more unpredictable weather means those wrap up until the following spring. Plan ahead to be sure you can do the activities you want to enjoy during your visit with the help to our guide to local boat trip operators and seasonal wildlife highlights.

If you’re not sure, just ask us. Being based here on the island means we have the local knowledge to help you get the most out of your holiday.

Northern Lights above Dervaig village and Loch Cuin.
The Northern Lights dance above Loch Cuin in the village of Dervaig.

Starry eyed

One of the biggest appeals of an Isle of Mull cottage in the winter is the chance to curl up beside the fire after an evening of stargazing. With very little light pollution, we have amazingly dark skies. On a clear night, you’ll see countless constellations and stars. And for the luckiest winter visitors, you might even see the Northern Lights.

This spectacle relies on solar energy and clear skies coming together so you can soak up nature’s dance show. The winter is undoubtedly the best time to try your luck at spotting the Northern Lights, and it all starts with a place to stay.

Start planning your winter break on the Isle of Mull.

Spirit of Adventure: 5 Adventure Activities on the Isle of Mull

Best known for its stunning scenery and epic wildlife, the Isle of Mull is also home to many exciting outdoor activities too. There’s plenty to appeal to adventure-seeking visitors on both land and sea. Here are a few local guides and tours to dive into during your stay.

Waterfall cascading into turquoise pool flanked by rocks and trees on a sunny day

1 Wild swim in waterfalls

Walk Mull is the wild swimming expert to seek out for this one. Offering guided hikes that take in some of Mull’s best-kept-secret wild swimming spots, you can take your pick between coastal dips and some amazing waterfall pools, safely guided by a local expert.

2 Take to the water

With the expert help of Bendoran Watersports, you can canoe, kayak and more around the Ross of Mull’s enchanting pink granite coastline and secluded shell-sand coves. Perfect for your fix of vitamin sea with an adventurous twist.

Group of cyclists along coast with mountains beyond

3 Enter an event

This one’s a little different, but throughout the year, the island plays host to many sporting events. Whether you take on the epic cycle ride for the Isle of Mull Sportive, or bring your four-legged-friend to tackle the Canicross at Glengorm, there’s something for everyone to challenge themselves with.

4 Paddle the bays

With stand-up paddle board hire available in both Salen Bay and Tobermory Bay, the choice is yours! Expect amazing coastal views and plentiful wildlife either way, making this SUP experience stand out from the rest.

Group of kayakers by coast on Mull

5 Blast across the beach

You’re sure to get an adrenaline fix as you canter through the waves on Killiechronan beach, riding sure-footed native Highland ponies. Mull Pony Trekking make it possible for experienced riders, with gentler treks along the coast or high into the hills available too.

Ready to embrace your spirit of adventure? Book your Isle of Mull cottage today.

Please note that adventure activities have inherent risks and dangers and are undertaken at your own risk. Always use a fully qualified local guide and ensure you have the required experience and are fully prepared for any activity you choose to undertake.

5 Isle of Mull Walks With Cafes at the End

There’s no better way to soak up the island’s scenery than on foot, surrounded by the dramatic landscapes that cocoon you and at one with the sound of the birdsong and breeze. And there’s no better way to enjoy the experience than with Isle of Mull walks with cafes at the end. The perfect way to warm up and reward your efforts, whether after a gentle stroll or a more challenging hike. Here are five to inspire you.


Follow the meandering single-track road past Loch Spelve, Loch Uisg and the dramatic hills of Creach Beinn and Ben Buie to arrive at the shore of Loch Buie. You can leave your car in the parking spot by the sea and then the adventure begins.

Follow the coast east along the well-marked footpath that hugs the shoreline, passing the ruins of Moy Castle and rounding the corner to reach the long sweeping beach at Laggan Sands. At the far end, you can look around the interesting mausoleum, too.

Then, retrace your steps initially, before taking a right turn just before Moy Castle and following the track to join the road. Turn left here and walk along the road, taking care if there’s passing traffic, to the bridge, where the standing stones are signposted. From here, follow the markers across sometimes boggy land to reach the Lochbuie stone circle – a dramatic sight with the towering hills beyond.

Retrace your steps to re-join the road, which delivers you back to where you began at the shoreside parking area and the door of the Old Post Office, Lochbuie’s charming cafe serving excellent light lunches, coffee and cakes in season.

Dun Ara remains of castle at Glengorm


In the north of the island, around 15 minutes drive from Tobermory lies the beautiful Glengorm estate, complete with a stunning, privately owned castle. Head through the white gates as you approach the estate and then turn right for the walker’s carpark (signposted). Leaving your car, return to the lane and turn right, following the lane to a bridge, where a few walk choices are signposted.

Dun Ara and the Bathing Pools makes a lovely there-and-back route, with a very small detour to see the Glengorm standing stones visible from the usual grassy path. There are some stunning wildflowers to spot through the season as you go, as well as plenty of sheep and sometimes Highland cows too, which are farmed on the estate.

As you return to the bridge on your way back, you’ll arrive at a beautiful stone steading building with a courtyard seating area. Here you’ll find the superb cafe at Glengorm – home to excellent cakes for mid-morning or late afternoon and a superb lunch menu, featuring lots of produce from the estate.

Calgary beach at sunset through the grass


After securing your spot in the wee carpark just beside Calgary beach, the adventure around the headland begins! To the right-hand side of the beach, follow the grassy footpath that takes off around the headland, passing the old granite pier before the path climbs further up the hillside.

As you make your way westwards around the headland, you’ll have far-reaching views out to sea and towards the islands of Coll and Tiree. The walk also passes several ruined settlements that were victims of the Highland Clearances, before reaching Caliach Point.

After scanning the seas for marine life and watching waves break below, retrace your steps to return to Calgary beach. Here, you can either grab a drink and ice cream from the Boatshed or venture up the hill through the Art in Nature path to reach the tea room (both seasonal).


One of the most popular Isle of Mull walks with cafes at the end is the there-and-back footpath from Tobermory harbourfront to Rubha-nan-Gall lighthouse. Starting from the far end of the Main Street by the CalMac ferry pier, pass through the signposted gate and begin your adventure along the lighthouse path.

Tucked between a steep hillside and the sea, the narrow path feels very dramatic. It’s especially beautiful in the spring, when the steep hillsides are blanketed in the white blooms of wild garlic and the soft tones of bluebells. You’ll enjoy lovely vistas to the Ardnamurchan peninsula as you walk. There are several benches dotted along the path to enable you to pause and take in the view.

The lighthouse itself is a beautiful building, surrounded by rock pools at low tide. When you’ve had your fill of vitamin sea and perhaps spotted a passing seal or two, retrace your steps to Tobermory’s harbourfront. Here, a fantastic choice of cafes await, from the Tobermory Bakery to the chocolate shop.

View to Torosay Castle surrounded by trees on the Isle of Mull


An easy-going there-and-back walk that affords spectacular views, this is one of the best Isle of Mull walks with cafes at the end when you arrive on the ferry in Craignure. Parking in the car park in the village, follow the road south west and you’ll soon reach a left-turn at North Lodge that marks the beginning of the walk to the Torosay Estate.

Offering a wonderful combination of views, the track passes through farmland with far-reaching vistas to the Scottish mainland and even Ben Nevis in the distance. Further along, the walk takes on a new character as you plunge into beautiful woodland, spectacular in spring and autumn, with lots of notable and unusual tree varieties.

Enjoy a beautiful view of Torosay Castle, which lies ahead, although the castle itself is closed to the public (the gardens are open the first Sunday of the month in season). Returning the way you came, arrive back into Craignure and enjoy a choice of great cafes: Arlene’s, Blether’s or the new chocolate factory.

We hope these Isle of Mull walks with cafes at the end have inspired you. Find more walking guides with route maps here, and book your cottage today!

Multi-Coloured Mull: Wild Autumn on the Island

Nature Scotland‘s Ewan Miles joins us to share five ways to embrace ‘Wild Autumn’ on the Isle of Mull this year.

Nature’s Colour Palette

Walk though multi-coloured landscapes with lochs nestled against a backdrop of red, gold and amber. As mother nature takes off her summer wear and transitions into her autumnal coat, the colour palette on display is breath-taking around the island. From the rustic tones on the open moors, the many shades of greens and oranges in the surrounding woodlands and the glistening blue and green turquoise seas. Whatever the weather, get out and connect with nature, from the sights, smells and sounds.

Roaring Red Deer

One of the UK’s greatest natural events takes place on Mull during autumn. When the female red deer (hinds) come into season, this triggers off the incredible spectacle of the red deer rut. For months leading up to this time of the year, sexually mature red deer stags have been preparing for the most important contest of their lives – access to a harem of fertile females. The fight starts vocally, and if this is not enough to ward off a competitor, rivals parallel-walk before locking antlers.

Rut activity peaks during the three hours after dawn and before dusk, so arrive early and be prepared to stay late. Approach downwind, use vegetation as cover, tread softly and avoid sudden movements. And always keep your distance and do not intrude on their natural behaviour.

Raptor Island

Autumn is great time to enjoy watching bird of prey on the Isle of Mull. After the breeding season, the abundance of raptors on the island actually increases due to the fledged juveniles present along with new arrivals appealed by the milder oceanic conditions with less snow and ice throughout the winter months. Species like hen harrier, kestrel, sparrowhawk and merlin may visit Mull during the autumn months and they may have arrived from mainland Britain or even continental areas.

There is also a great movement with young and non territorial eagles who are seeking out vacant openings on the island. Satellite tagging has shown that young birds also revisit their natal areas and parent birds are more tolerant of their presence within the territory.

Painting with Light

Mull’s dynamic weather systems and changing light provides endless admiration and beauty, making it a photographer’s paradise. The ‘golden hour’ is more accessible in the autumn and often can last for longer than an hour, or even most of the day!

This is the period of the day where the sun is low on the horizon and creates a soft ‘golden’ light which is excellent for photo opportunities. The cooler temperatures will also increase the clarity in the air and create a better quality of photograph, helping you get those sharper images.

Otters also provide a fantastic photo subject at this time of the year as they increase their time feeding in coastal areas. Also spring and summer reared cubs will be hopefully water-based, providing some exciting opportunities to watch family groups learning and playing.

The Dark Side

Mull is located below some of the darkest skies in the whole of Europe. A clear autumnal night on the island can provide breath-taking views of the wondrous night sky. A satellite image of our continent at night will display the value of the west coast of Scotland and its unpolluted skies. 

The island’s high latitude location provides an increased chance of observing the northern lights throughout the darker autumnal months. For reasons not fully understood by scientists, the auroral displays are stronger around the equinox periods, so this increases displays of the ‘merry dancers’ during September and October.

The milder temperatures during autumn also means that you can spend a longer time out under the stars.

Ewan and the Nature Scotland team will be providing a range of land-based wildlife tours during the autumn on Mull with Isle of Mull Cottages’ guests entitled to a 10% discount on any day tour booked during 28th August – 1st November 2023. On booking enter the discount code ‘IOMC_Autumn2023

Sailing on the Isle of Mull Ferry

One of the questions we are most often asked at Isle of Mull Cottages HQ is just how to get here.

Many visitors, particularly if coming from the south, will head straight to Oban, a charming town on the west coast of the Scottish mainland. From here, you can hop aboard the MV Isle of Mull or the MV Loch Frisa for the short sail across to Craignure on Mull, which takes around 50 minutes to an hour. You’ll pass the islands of Kerrera and Lismore, with its famous lighthouse, en route. This Isle of Mull ferry service carries both vehicles and foot passengers and is definitely one to book well in advance.

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

But this isn’t the only Isle of Mull ferry route – in fact, we are fortunate to have three different crossings from the mainland over to Mull, all operated by CalMac.

The next option many visitors coming from Scotland opt for is from Lochaline in the Morvern Hills on the mainland, over to Fishnish on the east coast of Mull. This Isle of Mull ferry is even quicker, taking around 20 minutes to ply the waters back and forth across the Sound of Mull.

Vehicles are carried on this service too and on a sunny day, it’s well worth leaving your car and heading onto deck to soak up the superb views, both of the mainland and Mull. There’s even the chance to catch a glimpse of the local pair of sea eagles if you’re lucky!

The final route on and off Mull is from the wild and beautiful Ardnamurchan peninsula to the north of Mull, with a ferry carrying both vehicles and passengers leaving Mull’s harbour town of Tobermory to sail across to Kilchoan. Although on the mainland, Kilchoan feels easily as remote as Mull, with scenic single-track lanes, stunning hills and exquisite beaches to discover with only small detours from your planned route – ideal if you’re heading northwards after your holiday on Mull.

For both the smaller ferry crossings from Lochaline and Kilchoan, you can now buy tickets in advance, but you don’t need to pre-book your space. They operate on a turn up and go basis, so you simply check the timetable and queue for the next available sailing. Their smaller size does mean relinquishing some of the luxuries of larger vessels – there’s no café on board, so come prepared with snacks and drinks.

For all three of CalMac’s Isle of Mull ferry routes, CalMac operate a winter and a summer timetable, with more sailings to choose from each day during the busier summer months. However, the island is served by a busy ferry service for almost every day of the year, with multiple sailings to choose from even in winter.

So, whether you plan to escape to Mull for a great value winter break as you chase the Northern Lights, or a summer holiday when the daylight seems to last forever, you can plan your Isle of Mull ferry with ease. Find out more about getting to Mull and getting around once you arrive on the island.

Beautiful Isle of Mull Gardens to Visit

Mull may be best known for its wildlife, but there’s plenty to delight the plant lover too, whether keeping your eyes peeled for unusual orchids amid the summer wildflowers, or for rare alpines that grow on remote peaks. And when it comes to Isle of Mull gardens to visit, botanists will be in their element, with not one but several lovely gardens to visit.

Here’s a round-up to leave green-fingered guests feeling inspired, with a special focus on the stunning gardens at Lip na Cloiche, which are no strangers to the pages of many horticultural magazines!

Lip na Cloiche gardens, entry by donation

Lip na Cloiche, North West Mull

A celebration of Mull’s microclimate, you’ll be amazed at what you find growing here! Towering echiums more often seen in the Canary Islands pop up throughout this terraced garden, which climbs the steep hillside with borders and banks packed with unusual and beautiful plants, as streams cascade and tumble down to the sea. The likes of agapanthus and hibiscus join the more tropical ranks, which grow surprisingly well in this Hebridean garden.

Throughout the garden, found items are reimagined as plant supports, from bed frames to old forks, while glass fishing floats form a feature beneath the espalier apple trees. In the early summer, Himalayan poppies pop up and adorn the garden in beautiful blues, as well as lemon and pink pastel tones, while the tree echiums send up spires of blooms beloved by the bees as summer continues.

Cottage garden favourites, from geraniums to astrantia and pale blue to deep red hydrangeas, spring up in the borders, with the likes of hellebores, corydalis and euphorbia bringing plenty of early season interest too.

And while flowers have taken centre stage thus far, there’s no forgetting that Lip na Cloiche is also a garden packed with trees. From the paperbark maple to crab apples and ekianthus, trees – often flowering – elegantly punctuate each part of the garden.

Take a peek into the manicured vegetable garden and venture beyond the chicken coops to the hay meadow. Flowing grasses intermix with wildflowers here, offering a lovely spot to sit on a bench and soak up the sea view, surrounded by birds and pollinators.

You can usually find Lucy working in the garden somewhere if you’re keen to learn more about its creation. Entry is by donation and the garden raises funds for local causes each year, often including the RDA. There are stalls of plants for sale to take home with you too if you’ve space in the car!

Other Isle of Mull Gardens to Visit

Torosay Castle Gardens, South East Mull

You’ll need perfect timing to experience this magnificent castle gardens, as it’s only open for the first Sunday of the month during the growing season.

But visit and you’ll be well rewarded, with enchanting Japanese inspired gardens where acers hug the water, magnificent tree ferns line pathways and gorgeous rhododendrons, azaleas, roses and hydrangeas add colour all through the season.

From large landscaped gardens to the ornate terraces with fountains and the walled vegetable garden, there’s plenty to explore.

Ross of Mull Community Garden, South West Mull

A productive community garden project brimming with locally grown fruit and vegetables in season, and also host to community gatherings through the year to seed swap, sell plants and get everyone involved in growing.

Ulva House Garden, Isle of Ulva

Not quite an Isle of Mull garden itself, this one is close by! With towering specimen rhododendrons and azaleas, a walk through this garden traces it back to its roots when it was once the private garden of the big house.

While wild elements have now crept in, the garden remains tended by a team of volunteers and retains plenty of magic. Well worth exploring when you hop across to the Isle of Ulva from Mull’s west coast. A great one to team with a visit to Lip na Cloiche, as Lucy’s garden lies just along the road from the Ulva ferry.

An Event-ful Summer Ahead on the Isle of Mull

With the Mull Music Festival that kicks off a series of popular events on Mull now behind us (you can catch the next one from the 26th – 28th April 2024!), what better time to look ahead to the Isle of Mull events to come this summer.

From sporting fixtures to Highland traditions, there’s plenty for all the family to see and do, so check out these Isle of Mull events to add to your holiday plans.

Cycling on Mull
Excellent cycling to enjoy on the island and perhaps take on the challenge of the Sportive!

Ready, set, race

On the 4th June, Mull will be abuzz with the whirring of wheels as cyclists take to the roads and take on the challenge of the sportive. Covering 87 miles, this is no mean feat and there’s sure to be a celebration on the finish line.

The following month, on the 22nd July, there’s another challenge to sink your feet into – the Mull Half Marathon!

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Tobermory Highland Games

Game on

One of the year’s most popular of all Isle of Mull events are undoubtedly the Tobermory Highland Games. Taking place on the 20th July, this is your chance to immerse yourself in Scottish culture, with pipes played, cabers tossed and plenty to whet your tastebuds too.

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A bustling Salen show field overlooking the Sound of Mull.

Show time

Of course, no Highland calendar would be complete without the annual summer show, and on the Isle of Mull, we have two of them! Held on consecutive weeks, first comes the Bunessan Show on the Ross of Mull, followed by the Salen Show on the island’s east coast in early August (4th and 10th respectively).

From stock judging to show jumping and fun dog shows to prize winning potatoes, these events have all the hallmarks of a country show. Topped off with local food and drink to delight the taste buds and traditional Highland tunes to set the tone. A great day out for all the family and a tribute to Mull’s crofting ties.

Find out more about Isle of Mull events throughout the year in our events guide here.

Not yet booked a cottage? Find your last minute escape by searching by date here, or bag one of our last minute offers here.

The Best Isle of Mull Beach Cottages

Vitamin sea? Check. Powdery white shell-sand? Check. Crystal-clear waters that turn turquoise in the sunshine? Check, check, check! And then add to that dreamy vista the beautiful drifts of machair that flower in season and are almost exclusively found in the Hebrides, as well as the little-known coves you stumble upon that are off the beaten track (and most tourist maps!).

Mull’s 300 miles of coastline offer the ultimate beach adventure for those who know where to look and with our Isle of Mull beach cottages, it’s easier than ever to dose up on vitamin sea.

Shore Croft by Uisken beach
Shore Croft by Uisken beach on the Isle of Mull

Shore Croft, Uisken Beach

Sitting above the sheltered white sands of Uisken beach, decorated with rock pools and off-shore skerries, Shore Croft is a charming stone cottage with an unrivalled view. Soak it up over your morning coffee, expertly made thanks to the cottage’s coffee bean grinder, and then pull on your boots for a walk along the sand, or, for the adventurous, a kayak or wild swim.

Sands Cottage and Calgary Bay Cottage
Sands Cottage and Calgary Bay Cottage just across the lane from Calgary beach

Sands Cottage and Calgary Bay Cottage, Calgary Beach

Not one, but two cottages beside Calgary beach, arguably the island’s most photographed thanks to the pretty horseshoe-shaped bay of white shell sand. Sands Cottage sleeps 4 and is pet friendly too, while Calgary Bay Cottage sleeps 6 and is a great choice for a pet free property. Both lie just a stone’s throw across the single-track lane from the beach, promising windswept walks to watch the sunset and the salty air carrying on the sea breeze.

The Bothy at Laggan Sands
The Bothy, set just a short walk back from the beach at Laggan Sands

The Bothy, near Laggan Beach at Lochbuie

Not quite immediately on the beach, The Bothy is still pretty close to it, with a sweeping stretch of sand at Laggan beach only a few hundred metres from the front door. These pretty grey sands make a great spot to walk the dogs (this cottage is pet friendly too!), with a mausoleum to discover at one end, or venturing back towards Lochbuie village, the ruins of Moy Castle on the way too.

Whether you’re keen to find an Isle of Mull beach cottage or a superb sea view, discover our range of hand-picked holiday cottages and our local’s guide to the best island beaches.

Easter Holiday Cottages on the Isle of Mull

Feeling inspired to visit the Isle of Mull this Easter? You’re in luck, because for 2023 we still have a handful of gorgeous Easter holiday cottages on the Isle of Mull available over the first two weeks in April. Large houses, cosy cottages, pet friendly properties – read on to discover the perfect last minute holiday cottage on Mull for early April this year.

Pet friendly Willowbank (sleeps 6)

Pet friendly Willowbank (sleeps 6)

The perfect property for all the family, four-legged-friends included. Willowbank combines lovely modern interiors and appliances with ultra-cosy warm timber beams and a beautifully vaulted ceiling in the living room to create a real wow factor. Excellently located for access to quiet beaches, coastal walks and boat trips to Iona, Willowbank is perfect for those who love all-things outdoors.

Studio Apartment (sleeps 2)

Studio Apartment (sleeps 2)

A quaint gem close to the sea in the island’s south east, Studio Apartment sits in a pretty courtyard setting not far from Duart Castle and in some of the best wildlife country on the island. The perfect choice for birdwatchers and those who prefer to feel more remote, with the ease of a pub and shop just a few miles away.

Canna (sleeps 2)

Canna (sleeps 2)

Now reduced by £350 per week, snap up a bargain when you stay at luxury Tobermory cottage Canna this April. Soak up stunning harbour views over the bay to Calve Island and enjoy the island capital’s eateries, coastal walks and boat trips close by.

Pet friendly Gorsten House (sleeps 8)

Pet friendly Gorsten House (sleeps 8)

Come and stay in the home of an artist, where the stunning sea views beyond the window are met with equally imaginative interiors within. A large homestay, Gorsten House is sure to impress, with acres of grounds to explore too.

Pet friendly Kilfinichen House (sleeps 8)

Pet friendly Kilfinichen House (sleeps 8)

At once grand and yet cosy and inviting, Kilfinichen House sits at the heart of the Kilfinichen Estate with views over Loch Scridain and the surrounding countryside. A prime corner of the island for eagles, otters and abundant wildlife and with Ben More not far, this is the ultimate homestay for adventurers and wildlife lovers.

Don’t miss your chance to find Easter holiday cottages on the Isle of Mull this year. Check out our last minute offers for the latest cottage deals.

10 Things to Do in Tobermory

The harbourfront seen from above

Picnic on the beach

Just beside the fisherman’s pier you’ll find a small sandy beach, perfect for the dogs to have a paddle while you enjoy a picnic lunch on the sand, or a bite of fish and chips.

Enjoy a dram

With guided tours around Tobermory’s own distillery at the end of the harbour, followed by a tasting or two.

Tobermory Distillery

Jump aboard

With both Staffa Tours and Sealife Mull operating boat trips from the Tobermory pontoons out to sea, and the brilliant Tobermory Bay Tours offering hour-long scenic cruises, there are plenty of opportunities to experience Tobermory from the water.

Go fish!

At the catch-and-release aquarium, with lots of intriguing native creatures of the deep to encounter and touch pool sessions that younger visitors will love to get stuck into.

Sea anemones Mull Aquarium
The Isle of Mull Aquarium in Tobermory

On the market

Mondays see the return of Tobermory’s take on a farmer’s market, with fresh produce, island meat and fish often available, as well as yummy treats cooked there and then and all manner of gifts and homewares crafted by local makers.

Step back in time

At the Mull Museum, open daily with just a donation required to come and have a look around. Trace your clan’s past, discover the history of Mull and see Tobermory through the centuries.

The Mull Museum is one of many attractions along the pretty Main Street in Tobermory

Culture fix

Venture up the hill to An Tobar to peruse the gallery and enjoy a coffee and cake, perhaps even returning later on to enjoy one of their regular musical and theatrical events.

Raise a glass

Of Tobermory’s own craft beer, brewed on the Main Street at ToBEERmory.

Walk on the wild side

Start your day bright and early and set out with a local wildlife guide, with tours departing from Tobermory to cover all corners of the island and give you great chances of meeting its famed wildlife.

Retail therapy

From locally made soap and pampering bath products, to artefacts made from antler, pretty pottery and even jewellery too, the Main Street offers a wealth of choice from local, independent purveyors.