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Events on the Island

From regular features like the farmer’s markets taking place island-wide, to annual highlights like the Mull Rally, Mull Music Festival and traditional Highland Games, discover our guide to the year’s events. We give you a snapshot of each, as well as the time, venue and location so you can get involved. Whether you time your visit to attend an event or want to find out what’s on during your stay, we hope you find this guide to island events helpful, detailed in date order.

Spring

Mull Music Festival | Tobermory & Dervaig

April each year sees North Mull bustling with visitors who come along to experience some of the best folk, rock and ceilidh music to be found on the west coast of Scotland. Hop from venue to venue, betweens pubs, restaurants and hotels, and get your toes tapping to old favourites as well as fantastic new music too. This year's festival has been postponed, so keep your eyes peeled for the next date.

Mull Music Festival

Summer

Tobermory Highland Games | Tobermory

Whether you take a ringside seat or participate yourself, the annual Tobermory Highland Games promise a taste of Scottish culture unlike any other. Watch competitors take part in traditional sports like the caber toss, enjoy the Highland dancing and soak up the sound of local pipers providing a typically Scottish soundtrack. There'll be food, drink and fun aplenty - this is not an event to be missed (2022 date TBC).

Tobermory Highland Games

Weekly Producer's Market | Tobermory

Come down to the harbour beside the pontoons for Tobermory's weekly open-air producer's market, every Monday from 11am until 2pm. Stock up on local produce, preserves and baked goods, as well as artworks, artisanal gifts and even fresh flowers.

Weekly Producer's Market

Isle of Mull Sportive | Tobermory

Cycle through 87 miles of spectacular scenery, cresting hills, passing lochs and whistling past wildlife when you participate in the Isle of Mull Sportive.

Isle of Mull Sportive

Mull Half Marathon | Craignure

Challenge yourselves to complete the Mull Half Marathon! Stretch your legs as you take in the stunning east coast scenery following the route that runs from Craignure up to the finishing line in Salen. For the fastest runners there are prizes to be won. Make your next stop an island coffee shop or inn to put your feet up and enjoy a well-earned treat.

Mull Half Marathon

Bunessan Show | Bunessan

Staying on the Ross of Mull this summer? Turn out for the Bunessan Show and you won't be disappointed. With livestock classes and armfuls of freshly grown fruit and vegetables all in the judging ring, there's plenty to see and do. A great day out for every generation in a part of the island with strong crofting roots.

Bunessan Show

Salen Show | Aros

Held at the Aros Showground with fantastic sea views, the Salen Show is a staple on the calendar for islanders and visitors alike (date TBC for 2022). Come along to the show field to see Highland cows, sheep and other livestock being judged, watch the horse and dog show and browse the floral and food exhibits too. There'll be a host of lovely stalls to browse and plenty of delicious food and drink to enjoy.

Salen Show

Tobermory Flower Show | Tobermory

Hosted by the Tobermory Horticultural Society, the annual flower show brings together Mull's green-fingered residents and visitors for a celebration of seasonal flowers and produce every August (2022 date TBC). You'll find an array of cut flowers, home-grown fruit and vegetables and creatively crafted arrangements on display before the prize giving takes place.

Tobermory Flower Show

Autumn

Mendelssohn on Mull | Tobermory

The annual Mendelssohn on Mull festival usually takes place in early September (2022 dates TBC). The melodies of classical music fill halls and meeting places as young musicians gather and perform - come along to one of the many events running throughout the week. 

Mendelssohn on Mull

Mull Rally | Isle of Mull

Enjoy an action-packed, adrenaline-filled weekend on Mull as the island comes to life with roaring engines and some of the most dramatic rally car racing around. The event draws a huge number of competitors and spectators alike, with racing going well into the night and with it, the opportunity to capture some incredibly atmospheric photographs. See the winner crowned and enjoy the festivities to follow - it is a weekend you will not forget.

Mull Rally

West Over Sea Book Festival | Tobermory

The Tobermory book festival, West Over Sea, sees the harbour town buzzing with writers and storytellers. A series of events runs throughout the festival, filled with interesting talks, dinners with the author and meet and greets, each with an island flavour. 

West Over Sea Book Festival

Winter

Tobermory Christmas Lights | Tobermory

Come and see the Christmas lights illuminating Tobermory's enchanting harbourfront when they're switched on at 7pm by the clock tower this year. An evening of merriment comes guaranteed, with festive food and drink, gift shops open until late and a host of goodies to peruse from the producer's market.

Tobermory Christmas Lights

Hogmanay | Isle of Mull

See in the New Year with a distinctly Scottish flavour by escaping to Mull this Hogmanay. The revelry here will last well into the wee hours as islanders and visitors alike come together to celebrate. Many of the inns and restaurants will have special menus for the occasion, washed down with a dram or two of the island's finest malt. Gather around the harbour in Tobermory to see spectacular fireworks at midnight.

Hogmanay