The Isle of Mull is part of the Inner Hebrides; an archipelago consisting of 77 islands, including some of the more well known inhabited islands such as Islay, Jura and Skye. So what sets the Isle of Mull apart in this variety of beautiful Hebridean offerings?
The Isle of Mull is blissfully peaceful
Less populated than Islay or Skye, with the vast majority of roads being single track (and okay, a little bumpy), Mull retains a wonderfully laid-back, peaceful atmosphere. There’s just enough in the way of infrastructure to give you a list of attractions to keep you busy, from Duart Castle to a wildlife tour.
The Isle of Mull’s capital has to be one of the most picturesque harbour towns in the United Kingdom. On a calm day, with a high tide, you can wander the gift shops, or enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the well placed cafes on the seafront, watching the boats come and go from the sheltered bay. Wooded hillsides at either end of the harbour, and the steep streets behind the main shopping area, add to the character of this lovely little town. Tobermory bustles in the summer months and becomes a sleepy haven in the quieter winter.
The south of Mull has a cluster of impressive mountains. Ben More, being the highest on the island and one of Scotland’s Munros, is the most popular choice for a mountain walk with visitors, but there are many more hidden beauties. Cyclists will be in their absolute element with Mull boasting some excellent cycling routes past stunning sea lochs and captivating glens, as well as some shorter forestry tracks for families wanting to get in on the action. And finally, the coastline of Mull is just staggeringly varied and beautiful. There are white sandy bays that look like they are out of a Mediterranean travel brochure as well as the drama of steep coastal cliffs around Gribun or Carsaig.
Wildlife and Birdwatching
Most visitors to Mull are keen to see the sea eagles during their stay. Both golden eagles and white tailed eagles reside on Mull. Red deer are an impressive sight too and the charming Highland cows are often photographed extensively. Along the coastline there are the sea otters to spot, and if you are really lucky, dolphins, porpoises and even basking sharks. The rich marine environment that laps at the 300 miles of coast, coupled with the variety of habitats on land, mean that the birdlife here is prolific. The flora and fauna are worth finding out about too, so make sure you pack your camera and binoculars for a trip to the Isle of Mull.
What really sets the Isle of Mull apart is hard to put into words. You’ll only find that out for yourself by coming and discovering its beauty for yourself. Make one of our hand-picked holiday cottages your base for the perfect island holiday.