Mull is the second largest Island on the Inner Hebrides after Skye. The island’s main town is Tobermory which is renowned for the bright and vibrant colours of the water front buildings which were featured on children’s TV show Balamory. Mull is a beautiful place to explore both for families and adventurers. However, there is such an abundance of things to do it can sometimes be overwhelming to know where to begin, so we’ve compiled our top 5 must do Mull activities to get you started!
With Mull being such a large island it is an excellent place for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The roads are nearly all single track and accompanied by amazing scenery. For the more experienced rider there are excellet off the road trails in the surrounding area of Tobermory, where you can cycle trails through Ardmore and Glengorm Castle, linking through to Dervaig. For novices who would like more of a guided tour British Cycling Qualified mountain bike leaders can take groups on tailored half, full and multi day mountain bike and cycle tours of the isle of Mull and the Morvern Peninula. For more information on cycling around Mull, have a look here.
Established in 1798 Tobermory Distillery is the only distillery on the island and one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. The Distillery produces two very unique single malts; the fruity, unpeated Tobermory and the smoky and robust Ledaig. The Distillery uses the same practice today as they did 200 years ago. The method comprises of two wash stills and two low wine stills, which ensures only the finest malt is produced.
If you fancy watching the magical distillery process, then you can take one of their famous tours which are open to the public all year round. The tour takes you through each stage of the whisky making process, from room to room, giving you the chance to learn about the age-old techniques the distillery still uses today, to make each memorable drop.
If you are a history lover, then you are in luck as Mull museum is crammed with everything you need to know about Mull. In the museum you will find information ranging from early people living in duns and brochs, exhibits of crofting, farming, fishing and everyday objects to show you what life was like in Mull in the past.
History lovers will also be pleased to know that Mull also houses a castle. Duart Castle is the ancestral home of Clan Mclean and sits guarding the sea cliffs on the isle of Mull and offers breath taking views of the island. The castle is a truly stunnung place to visit, the spectacular Great Hall houses wall that are 23 feet thick along with Coats of Arms. You can also look around Edwardian state rooms that house a collection of military uniforms and dresses that date back to 1750.
Nature lovers will be pleased to know that Mull is the place to go in Scotland to do a spot of whale watching. The most common whale that is seen around Mull is The Minke Whale or Piked Whale. This species of Whale is classed as an ‘inshore whale’ because it is very unlikely that you will see it in very deep water, unlike the Blue Whale.
Whale watching excursions sail from Mull between April and October, don’t forget to bring your binoculars.
We hope we have convinced you to pay a visit to the Isle of Mull. Remember our Three Isles Tour takes in Mull, Iona and Staffa in a day which allows you to explore even more of the west coast.