Scotland is in the privileged position of boasting numerous villages, towns, cities, beaches, islands, lochs and National Parks which could easily and legitimately be described as the country’s ‘jewel in the crown’. But if any of the plethora of candidates is, in fact, more worthy of that title than any other, then the Isle of Mull is the extra special part of a jewel which sparkles as the light catches it. 

Snuggled just off Scotland’s west coast, the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides archipelago, the Isle of Mull provides a dreamy recipe for a UK escape, bestowed with bountiful jaw-dropping scenery, breath-taking wildlife and a generous sprinkling of culture. Not to mention an intriguing history involving Vikings and the Spanish Armada. 

As Great Britain’s fourth-largest island, boasting 300 miles of coastline, Mull’s diverse landscape is spectacular – featuring beaches, mountains, lochs and moorland. It is also home to more than 261 different species of birds – including several birds of prey – and nearly 2,400 species of plant. 

Sealife lovers in particular will fall head over heels for this beautiful island, with basking sharks, dolphins and minke whales all residents of the surrounding waters, but there’s plenty to see and do to keep those of all ages and interests dreaming of a return visit.




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Why stay on the Isle of MulL

Whether you’re looking to walk on the wild side by enjoying some active outdoor adventures or wildlife spotting, looking to kick back with a relaxing or romantic break away, or simply on the hunt for somewhere new to explore, with delicious local produce to sample and a spot of history and culture thrown in, the Isle of Mull is guaranteed to be right up your street.

How to get to Mull

Separated from the Scottish mainland by the Sound of Mull, south of Fort William, the Isle of Mull can be reached from several ferry ports. The most popular route connects Craignure on Mull’s east coast with Oban, with car ferry services operating every couple of hours. Oban can be reached by train or bus from Glasgow in around three hours, for those travelling without a car. Due to the popularity of this ferry service, it’s best to book well in advance.

The company which serves this route, Caledonian MacBrayne, also operates ferries from Lochaline on the Morvern peninsula to Fishnish. A bus operates to Lochaline from Fort William. Alternatively, you can dock directly at Tobermory – the Isle of Mull’s most popular destination – by catching the Isle of Mull ferry from Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. To reach Kilchoan, a bus can again be caught from Fort William, taking just under three hours.

For those who fancy a bit of island hopping, a ferry service also connects Mull and its neighbouring island, Iona. Head to Fionnphort on Mull’s south-west coast for a 10-minute journey over to Baile Mor.

Things to do on the Isle of Mull

Whether your idea of a blissful break involves enjoying outdoor pursuits, soaking up glorious scenery, relaxing on a beach, delving into local history or enjoying some fresh produce in a pub or restaurant, the Isle of Mull will prove a snug and cosy fit.

Tobermory, the island’s capital, is the island’s most popular destination. Its colourful houses are picture-perfect and the town also boasts Mull Aquarium, with informative and interactive displays, a cinema room, a touch pool for hands-on experiences, and opportunities to learn about RNLI and the

Mull coastline, as well as local sealife. While the aquarium is great for kids, adults can be catered for at Tobermory Distillery. Established in 1798, it’s among Scotland’s oldest commercial distilleries, producing two different single malts. Towards the south of the island, on the northern banks on Loch Scridain, you’ll also find Whitetail Gin Distillery.

The Isle of Mull is also well known for its beautiful beaches, some of which wouldn’t look out of place adorning the coastline of the Caribbean. Calgary Beach is among the most popular, thanks to its white sands and nearby Iron Age forts, but don’t miss out on Traigh Ghael Beach, Port na Ba Beach, Laggan Sands, and Langamull Beach, to name just a few. You might even spot some of the island’s resident Eurasian otters close to shore.

But if you’re after something a little more active than a day at the beach, you’ll be spoilt for choice as well. Ben More is Mull’s only Munro, attracting keen hikers wishing to scale to its 3,169-ft peak. A challenging climb, only to be tackled by experienced mountaineers, on a good day you can be rewarded with views of Ben Nevis, the Outer Hebrides and even Ireland.

On Mull’s south coast, another challenging walk can be tackled at Carsaig Arches, which includes vertiginous drops. MacKinnon’s Cave, not far from Ben More on the west coast, is of interest for not only its spectacular scenery, but also as a spot which has a mysterious air thanks to being one of the deepest caves in the Hebrides. Whisky Cave, just a couple of miles from Calgary Beach, is another good area to explore, while for something a little more gentle, there are several lovely walks around Tobermory, including Aros Park. Managed by the Forestry Commission, it offers stunning views across the Sound of Mull and Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Further breath-taking views can be enjoyed at Rubha nan Gall Lighthouse, which looks out across Tobermory Harbour and over to the mainland.

While out and about on Mull, you’re also bound to come across some of the island’s gorgeous wildlife. We’ve already mentioned the resident Eurasian otters, but keep your eyes peeled for other beauties including red deer, two small herds of fallow deer which can be found at Lochbuie and Knock, kestrels, short-eared owls, common seals which are often found around Salen Bay, puffins, and porpoises. At Tobermory, boat trips also head out to spot minke whales, bottlenose dolphins and basking sharks. The island is also the best place in the UK to see golden eagles and white-tailed eagles, so pack your binoculars.

History buffs will be keen to head to Moy Castle, a 15th century relic located at the tip of Loch Buie. But to combine history and spectacular views, there’s no better spot than Duart Castle, the ancestral home of Clan MacLean. Close to the ferry port at Craignure, the 13th century castle offers not only restored dungeons and state rooms, but jaw-dropping vistas across the Sound of Mull. The island has four further castles – Torosay, Glengorm, Dun Ara and Aros.

What’s the best way to travel around Mull?

The best way to travel around Mull is by car, but if you arrive on the island on foot, there are plenty of options to help you get to the different sights. Bus services, operated by West Coast Motors, will transport you around the island, with buses running from the main ferry port, Craignure, to Tobermory – via the Fishnish ferry port – and Fionnphort. A bus also operates from Tobermory to Dervaig and Calgary in the north-west of Mull. Alternatively, taxis are car hire services are available on the island.

What can I see on my way to Mull?

Whichever way you choose to reach the Isle of Mull, you’re guaranteed to find a spot or two worthy of a pit-stop. Mull is easy to reach from Glasgow, making Scotland’s second city ideal for squeezing two holidays into one. Alternatively, if travelling from Glasgow, Edinburgh or Dundee by car, you’re

likely to pass through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park to reach the ferry at Oban. Here, outdoors enthusiasts will find an abundance of spectacular places to hike, bike or simply park up and enjoy the scenery.

If travelling from the north of Scotland, you’ll likely pass Ben Nevis – Great Britain’s tallest mountain – and the neighbouring town of Fort William, known as the outdoor capital of the UK. As well as climbing and hiking, skiing is also a possibility in these parts. If active pursuits aren’t on the agenda, make time to stop by Ben Nevis Distillery, one of Scotland’s oldest licensed distilleries. Nearby Lochaber Geopark is a stunning area which is guaranteed to take your breath away or, if you have a bit more time available, take a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train. The 84-mile round journey takes passengers past numerous truly spectacular sights, including Loch Morar – Britain’s deepest freshwater lake – the shortest River in Britain, River Morar, and Loch Nevis, the deepest seawater Loch in Europe.

What's driving in Mull like?

If you do plan to drive during your holiday on Mull, be sure to read up about the island’s roads in advance, many of which are single-track, and the local expectations. The main road runs from Tobermory in the north to Fionnphort in the south-west, which is a mixture of single-track and double-track. The journey will take around two hours in peak times. Across the rest of the island, the single-track roads mean drivers are often limited to around 25mph, but there are plenty of passing bays, so be sure to remain alert and pull over when possible to allow faster vehicles to pass. The scenery on your journey will be so stunning that a leisurely drive is idyllic anyway.

What's the food like on Mull?

Along with a plethora of delightful pubs, restaurants, cafés and coffee shops which rival any across the British Isles, Mull is also chock-a-block with mouth-watering, fresh, local produce which simply has to be sampled. From cheese and chocolate to veg, island-reared meat and, of course, plenty of sumptuous seafood, the Isle of Mull is foodie heaven. And to (night) cap it off, Tobermory boasts a wonderful whisky distillery which produces not one but two single malts.

Where to stay on the Isle of Mull


Known in recent years as the inspiration for CBeebies programme ‘Balamory’, Tobermory’s colourful houses are distinctive and adorn the fronts of many an enticing postcard. As the Isle of Mull’s capital and most popular destination, located on the north coast, this is a great place to start your island adventure. It also boasts many breath-taking walks, stunning scenery, one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries and Mull Aquarium, just for starters.


Nestled midway along the island’s north coast, Salen is a quaint but busy little village, boasting all the amenities needed for a relaxing stay on Mull. It’s located equidistant from Tobermory and the ferry port at Craignure, with Aros Castle nearby. Salen Bay is also a great spot for seeing common seals, which reside in the area.


Just along the coast from Tobermory, on the north-west of the island, Dervaig village is small but perfectly formed. It has plenty of accommodation, from hotels to bed and breakfasts, as well as cottages and lodges, and is in close proximity to Kilmore Standing Stones and The Old Byre Heritage Centre. Dervaig is also the ideal base for trips to Langamull Beach and Port na Ba

Ben More

Ben More, in the heart of Mull, is the island’s only Munro, so it’s a popular spot for adventure seekers. Located away from most villages, there aren’t many accommodation options in the immediate vicinity, so those wishing to tackle Ben More will need to book early to stay nearby in Uluvalt, Tiroran, Knock or Gruline.

Islands off Mull

There are several neighbouring islands which are easy to visit from Mull, several of which are uninhabited. The largest Iona and Ulva can be reached by ferry, while there are boat trips from Mull around some of the smaller islands, perfect for spotting some of the local wildlife, such as puffins. On Iona, the Abbey and Nunnery are the highlights, while Ulva boasts red deer, seals, buzzards and golden eages.

Ross of Mull

At 28 kilometres long, the Ross of Mull is the island’s largest peninsula. Here, you’ll find villages including Bunessan and Fionnphort, while the peninsula is lined on either side with spectacular silver-sand beaches.


As the Isle of Mull’s main ferry port, you’re likely to experience Craignure at some point during your visit. Close to Duart Castle, with its spectacular views across to the mainland, and the mountain peak of Dun da Ghaoithe, there’s plenty to do in the local area.


In the south-west of Mull, Bunessan gives access to Mull Willow visitor centre, the Ross of Mull Historical Centre, as well as Iona, Uisken Beach, Kilvickeon Beach and Carsaig Arches.


Located on the south-west coast, Fionnphort is a good place to stay if you’re planning on hopping on a ferry over to the neighbouring island, Iona, or joining a boat trip to Staffa or Treshnish. The village is also in close proximity to Uisken Beach and Kilvickeon Beach.


Boasting possibly the island’s most beautiful beach, Calgary is a great place to stay during your visit. Calgary Bay and Calgary Art in Nature are the two local attractions, but Eas Fors Waterfall and the villages of Dervaig and Tobermory are within an hour’s drive.


The quaint settlement of Pennyghael is perched on the banks of Loch Scridain, offering breath-taking views across the water. It’s a good base from which to reach Ben More, or alternatively, some of the Ross of Mull’s gorgeous beaches.


On the south of the Isle of Mull and, as the name suggests, overlooking Loch Buie, the village is perfect for visiting Moy Castle and Lochbuie Standing Stones. For those wishing to explore the south-east of Mull, it’s also a good place to base yourself, with very few other settlements in the area.


Found just along the coast from Fionnphort in the south-west tip of Mull, staying in Kintra allows visitors to explore the Ross of Mull, take a ferry over to Iona or a boat trip around Staffa and Treshnish from Fionnphort.

Accommodation for groups in Mull

Much of Mull’s accommodation caters for couples, small groups and families. Larger groups will be best served booking several cottages or B&Bs in close proximity, or booking early at the Western Isles Hotel in Tobermory or the Isle of Mull Hotel in Craignure, but note that both close for winter. Achaban House in Fionnphort is another good, private option through AirBnB.

Pet-friendly accommodation on Mull

Many AirBnBs will accept pets if you let them know in advance you plan on bringing your furry family member. Mull is a fantastic place for dogs, with so much outdoor space to explore. Many of the pubs will welcome well-behaved dogs too, making Mull the perfect family getaway.

Romantic accommodation on Mull

With spectacular views and remote boltholes, there’s no shortage of accommodation on Mull ideal for a romantic escape. From cosy cottages to back-to-nature yurts and cabins, there are plenty of excuses for couples to snuggle up.

Family-friendly accommodation on Mull

Mull is blessed with plenty of choice when it comes to family-friendly accommodation. While there are lots of cottages and cabins for two people, there are also lots of self-catering options which sleep three, four or five as well. Hotels in Tobermory and Craignure are also good options for families.

Unique accommodation

There is no shortage of unique accommodation on Mull, from the spectacular Glengorm Castle to yurts, eco lodges and converted lighthouse cottages, you’ll find the perfect spot to make your stay truly memorable.


While big chains haven’t yet made it over to the Isle of Mull, there are a number of hotels to choose from across the island, ranging in size. Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa can be found at Craignure, ideal for when you’ve just disembarked the ferry from the mainland, while in Tobermory you’ll find the Western Isles Hotel, Tobermory Hotel and The Mishnish Hotel.


Should I book my accommodation early?

Despite being the second-largest island of the Inner Hebrides, Mull is still small in the grand scheme of things, meaning no large chain hotels. Accommodation in Mull’s villages is in the form of bed and breakfasts, cottages, lodges and small family-run hotels, as well as campsites and holiday parks, so it can all get booked up pretty quickly, especially during peak season. It’s always best to book your accommodation as early as possible, to be sure of getting what you’re after, though something last-minute, out of season, probably won’t be impossible to come by.

What should I pack for a holiday to Mull?

The contents of your suitcase may well depend on the time of year you choose to visit the Isle of Mull, and the activities you’d like to undertake while there. For walks, especially anything as challenging as Ben More or Carsaig Arches, proper hiking boots, outerwear and equipment will be necessary, while if you’re looking forward to a day on the beach, be sure to make room for swimwear, a beach towel and a good book or two.

Whatever time of year you visit, a jumper will be a necessity – and likely some waterproofs as well. Even in the height of summer, temperatures only average 16 degrees Celsius. Midges can also be a problem in the summer, so you’ll want to cover up.

But whatever your plans, a good camera and a pair of binoculars are a must, to ensure you make the most of the wonderful wildlife and spectacular scenery the island has to offer.

What are the best activities for families on Mull?

Beaches, wildlife spotting, and exploring castles are three of the main family-friendly activities to be enjoyed on the Isle of Mull. While some of the beaches may be tricky to reach for little legs, there are plenty of accessible, beautiful options to choose from, not least Calgary Beach. Tobermory boasts the excellent Mull Aquarium, which has plenty of interactive features to keep kids entertained, as well as a touch pool, allowing little ones (and bigger ones) to get hands-on with some of the slimy, squishy and spiky residents beneath the water in Tobermory Bay. Glengorm Wildlife Project, close to Tobermory and Dun Ara Castle, is also well worth a visit.

Can I fly to Mull?

The short answer is, no. While Mull is home to Glenforsa Airfield, close to Salen in the north of the island, the airstrip only serves private light aircraft. In the 1960s, a scheduled service between Glenforsa and Glasgow was in operation, but today the closest commercial airport to Mull is Oban, across on the Scottish mainland. Flights from here service islands including Colonsay, Islay and Tiree.

Can I camp on Mull

There are numerous campsites dotted around Mull, close to many of the island’s main coastal villages and beaches. Some of the options include Tobermory Campsite, Salen Bay Campsite and Fidden Farm Campsite.

Our Accommodation picks

There are numerous campsites dotted around Mull, close to many of the island’s main coastal villages and beaches. Some of the options include Tobermory Campsite, Salen Bay Campsite and Fidden Farm Campsite.

Tresnish and Haunn Cottages

These picturesque cottages, located close to Calgary Bay, are perfect for couples and small groups, all with stunning sea views.


The Tobermory Hotel

The Tobermory Hotel is ideal for those wishing to explore the island’s capital and beyond. It has single, twin and double rooms, so ideal for couples.


Glengorm Castle

Truly spectacular and boasting a library and a games room, alongside stunning views, Glengorm Castle makes for a dreamy escape in Tobermory


Linndbu House

Linndbu House in Tobermory is ideal for couples wishing to explore the local area and beyond.


Calgary Farmhouse

Perfect for groups up to seven, Calgary Farmhouse is self-catering accommodation, ideally situated for Calgary Bay and beyond


The Post Offce

For a unique group stay, look no further than the historic Post Office in Tobermory. Sleeping six, it’s a gorgeous self-catering accommodation in the heart of the village.


Bendoran Lodge

A beautiful five-person private log cabin, on the banks of Loch Na Lathaich is ideal for exploring Bunessan and the Ross of Mull.


Bridge Cottage

The gorgeously renovated, traditional 19th century Bridge Cottage is a dreamy getaway for couples or a family of four in the heart of the island.


The Red House

This cosy, three-person retreat just epitomises the character of Tobermory. A unique space, tucked away from the main street, it’s ideal for a quiet escape.


The Dovecot

This cosy, self-contained holiday apartment, gorgeously converted from the original Dovecote, makes for a dreamy romantic break, near stunning Calgary Bay


Dairy Cottage

Located close to Salen, this five-person cottage is the perfect getaway spot for small groups and families – and dogs. Dairy Cottage also boasts views to 13th century Aros Castle.


Fairwins Cabin

Fairwinds Cabin, nestled on the Ross of Mull peninsula, is an idyllic couples’ retreat. With views of Ben More, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles, it’s set for a romantic escape.


Rubha nan Gall Lighthouse

A remote, 25-minute walk from Tobermory makes this former lighthouse keeper’s cottage the perfect escape. Sleeping six, it’s ideal for groups and boasts spectacular views.