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24 hours on the Isle of Mull
Thinking about visiting Isle of Mull? You definitely should! The Isle of Mull is the second largest island in the Inner Hebrides in Scotland. Home to a local population of just under 3000 and well known for it’s beautiful landscape and wildlife spotting. If you are spending time in the Scottish Highlands it is well worth taking the time out and visiting Isle of Mull for 24 hours. This post covers how to spend the perfect 24 hours on the island.
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How to get to the Isle of Mull
It is easy enough to catch the ferry from Oban over to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. The ferry is run by Calmac ferries, and is super easy to book. While they do run frequently, make sure to do it in advance, as it does get booked up. They will check you have a timed slot booked for each specific ferry, so it is important not to miss your timed sail. You need to arrive at the ferry port 30 minutes before your departure, and you can pick up tickets painlessly from Oban port. There are different prices for pedestrians, cars, camper vans and trailers. But a return ferry crossing in a car will cost you £42.50, including two passenger tickets. If you are hiring a car, and don’t know the registration number yet this is not a problem, it isn’t compulsory to add this in on booking.
Sailing out of Oban harbour, you will be treated to 45 minutes of spectacular views. Even on a windy day, make sure to stand up on the top deck and watch the misty mountains of Mull draw ever closer. When you arrive at Craignure, turn left off the ferry and drive into the beautiful woodland wonderfulness of the Isle of Mull.
What to do when visiting Isle of Mull
Visiting the Isle of Mull means there are a whole host of things you need to make sure you try and see! Simply driving around will afford you some of the most amazing views around the island, but make sure to bookmark some stops along the way to cover the most of this magical place in Scotland! The following stops can all be fitted into visiting Isle of Mull for 24 hours.
Take a long, slow drive along the island’s coastal paths to wind your way to Eas Fors. One of the most spectacular waterfalls on the island, this is definitely worth a stop! There is free parking just beyond the waterfall, and it is then a 30 second walk to reach it. Eas Fors consists of a series of three waterfalls, the Upper Falls being above the road, and the Middle Falls just below the road. There is a lovely pool below the Middle Falls which is great place to have a picnic. The final fall drops over 100 feet into the sea below. It is definitely worth taking the time to follow the path to the top of the Upper Falls where you will find stunning views across Loch Tuath to the island of Ulva.
Eas Fors | Isle of Mull PA73 6LT | Map
Probably the most famous beach on the island, and for good reason! While the white sands and clear blue water might seem like you are in the Mediterranean, you are definitely still in Scotland! This beach is located on the north west of the island, and is about 12 miles from the capital of Tobermory. The golden sands of the beach are framed by craggy headlands and low hills. With the beach sitting, sparkling, in the middle. If you are feeling active, you can also walk along the hills out towards the edge of the bay.
Calgary Beach | Map
Probably not listed on many guides of places to see when visiting Isle of Mull, but this quick stop was a little gem. By now, you might have realised that there is one main road that loops the Isle of Mull and it is extremely easy to navigate around. Loch Torr is located between Calgary Beach and Tobermory, so an extremely easy stop. If birdwatching is your thing, there is a hide at one end of the loch, with the chance to see eagles, otters and other wildlife. Take a walk down the side of the loch for lovely views. One end is damned which makes for a dramatic sight, with one side full to the top with water, and it dropping sharply away on the other.
Loch Torr: Isle of Mull | Map
Isle of Mull Cheese
On your way towards Tobermory, make sure to stop off at the delightful Isle of Mull cheese! This farm shop sells delicious cheese which is all made on site at the farm. Make sure to pick up some of the cheese, the classic Isle of Mull cheddar and the smoked version are both amazing! There is also a cafe onsite which sells lots of tasty treats and cakes.I highly recommend the sausage roll. If you thinking about a picnic lunch – this would be the place to pick up some suppliers. Alternatively stay and eat in for some lunch.
Isle of Mull Cheese | Sgriob-ruadh Farm, Tobermory, Isle of Mull PA75 6QD | Map
Tobermory is the capital of the island, and where the majority of it’s residents live. This adorable town is definitely worth a wander around, it isn’t large so shouldn’t take too long. This is also a good place to stop for a spot of lunch or dinner. Cafe Fish is reputedly the best restaurant in town. However, as a hater of fish – I did not frequent (it was also closed due to it being 2020…)!
While in Tobermory, there are some things to definitely check out. For delicious ice cream, do not miss the Isle of Mull Ice Cream Parlour. Island Bakery Oat Crumbles and Tobermory Whisky; are just two of the delicious flavours at the parlour, which use local products from the island. Speaking of Tobermory Whisky, make sure to check out the distillery! So, if you aren’t the designated driver, stop for a tipple! And if you are.. buy a bottle to take away. They also make delicious local gin, which is well worth a sample!
Tobermory | Map
From Tobermory, head south towards Aros Park, which is located about half a mile from the centre of town. If you wanted a post lunch walk, there is a path which starts from he car park at Ledaig next to MacGochan’s pub. This park is the perfect way to finish your 24 hour trip visiting the Isle of Mull; full of woodland walks for you to explore. It is on the site of Aros house, which was owned by the Allan family, sadly the house has since been demolished, but the woodland remains.
There are plenty of choices of walks, but the falls trail is definitely worth a walk. The upper falls are huge, roaring falls cascading down through the woodland. There is also a viewing platform to see this site, just five minutes from the road. Follow the path down beside the river, and you will then encounter the lower falls, which eventually run down into the sea. A lovely way to finish the day.
Aros Park | A848, Tobermory, Isle of Mull PA75 6AD | Map
Extending your trip to the Isle of Mull
If you have a bit more time to spend on the island, it would definitely be worth investigating some of the following attractions!
Wildlife tours – Isle of Mull is well known for it’s abundance of wildlife. From seals to whales, dolphins and basking sharks – Isle of Mull has a lot to offer. But perhaps the most interesting is the Puffin tours, some of which include a visit to Fingals Cave.
Island of Ulva – this island lies a short distance from Mull, with it’s own ferry service. The island is car free, which adds to the charm! This privately own island is open from Easter to October; the ferry which takes foot passengers and bicycles runs on a Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm. The crossing only takes a couple of minutes and is on demand; summon the ferry by uncovering the red panel on the pier. The island is closed on Saturdays but opens on Sundays from June to the end of August. Check out Shelia’s cottage which is a faithful reconstruction of a traditional thatched croft house which was last lived in early this century by Sheila MacFadyen.
Ben More – If hiking is your thing, Ben more is the highest peak on the island. It is volcanic, so compasses may be unreliable! This hill is a pretty steep and hard climb, so not recommended for the inexperienced!
Fionnphort – the final village on the Isle of Mull before Iona. The area is ideal for walking and the beach has a distinctive split granite boulder in the centre. If you want to visit Iona, this is where to get the ferry from.
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