Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and is located off the West Coast of Scotland. It is about 100 miles north-west of Glasgow and is accessible via ferry from Oban (the main ferry port for the isle) or from Lochaline and Kilchoan.
The island has a population of about 2,700 and the main town is Tobermory which was built as a fishing port in the 18th century. It is a picture postcard town with colourful painted buildings along the main street. Families will probably recognize it as Balamory from the popluar TV series. There is a good variety of shops, hotels and local businesses including Tobermory Distillery.
This island is steeped in history with Duart Castle, the 13th century home of the clan Maclean and Torosay Castle and gardens too. Both castles are open to the public and well worth a visit.
Fionnphort is situated on the Ross of Mull, an ideal location and the perfect base for your holiday. The waters are crystal clear and the sandy beaches unspoilt. Families will enjoy this area as a base for a self-catering holiday on Mull
Both the golden and sea eagle can be found on the island and are often seen souring about the hills. In fact predatory birds are in abundance with hen harrier, peregrines and merlins on Mull. Seals are commonplace along the sheltered rocky coves of Mull. Otters are resident on every available stretch of coastline and if you are patient enough to sit still you will have a chance to see these enchanting creatures. Red Deer are abundant throughout Mull and can be watched from numerous places including even the road system. ‘Wild about Mull’ tours offer wildlife safaris and this is a great way to guarantee seeing as much of the island’s wildlife as possible.
Off the coast, particularly if you take one of the boat trips on offer, you have a chance to see whales, dolphins and basking sharks.
From Mull, it is easy to visit the scared isle of Iona, steeped in Christianity and history. This famous island is only 3 miles long by a mile and a half wide and is accessible from a passenger ferry which runs between Fionnphort and Iona and takes approx 5 minutes.
The island has a unique atmosphere and sanctuary from the bustle of life can be found at the famous Abbey, originally a medieval Benedictine foundation and the ancient burial ground for Scottish Kings.
Another island worth visiting is Staffa with its famous Fingal’s Cave which can be reached by a short boat trip. Many visitors have been fortunate in recent years to have spectacular views of dolphins and porpoises with the occasional glimpse of a whale on their way to and from Staffa and the Treshnish Islands.
Why not consider Mull for your next self catering holiday? It’s well worth a look