Scotland is home to some of the most beautiful and historic islands in the world. Populated for thousands of years and home to diverse and complex ecosystems, they are a draw for tourists around the world. Mull, Scotland’s second largest island is one of the most populous and dynamic, where the local community continues to grow and thrive.
Although often a gateway to neighbouring Iona and Staffa, Mull itself boasts an incredible array of attractions and activities to cater to all tastes. Here are the 5 best things to do when visiting the Isle of Mull.
1. Duart Castle
Over 800 years old, Duart Castle is one of the last surviving privately owned clan castles in Scotland. Saved from ruin in 1908, the castle is still owned by the Maclean clan. Despite its imposing placement, these days the castle is more likely to play host to weddings and outdoor music events than to sieges!
2. Wildlife Tours
Like most of rural Scotland, Mull is a nature enthusiast’s dream. Teeming with all manner of wildlife, the island has several tours and lots of information on where to spot different animals. If it’s puffins you’re after however, have a look at our three isle tour, where we also visit the puffin home of Staffa.
3. Calgary Bay
Cala Ghearraidh in the original Gaelic, the ‘Beach of the Meadow’ is one of the most famous beachheads in the British Isles. The white sands and clear waters have played host to several films and television shows, as well as providing the name for the city of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.
4. Colourful Tobermory
More recently the setting for the children’s television show Balamory, Tobermory is the only town on the island. It’s famous brightly coloured buildings on the waterfront garrison a range of museums, popular restaurants and gift shops.
5. The Night Sky
If you’re from a city, or even a small town, the chances are you’ve never seen a night sky like the one on Mull. On most nights you can get a clear view of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and could even be treated to one of the most spectacular natural light shows on Earth, the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights.
While most visitors take advantage of Mull’s proximity to neighbouring Iona and Staffa, taking time to explore Mull itself is a rewarding experience. Find out more on our three isles tour page, or our dedicated Mull and Iona tour.