ISLE OF MULL GUIDE

Why Visit Mull?

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Are you contemplating a trip to the beautiful Isle of Mull? Below we will give you reasons why you should start planning now. From the amazing wildlife to the walks and climbs, Mull has it all.

SCENERY

Mull has wonderful evocative scenery. Here are some of the highlights:

 

CALGARY BAY

 

Calgary Bay is a great place for aspiring photographers, with its white sands and ragged hills.

BEN MORE

 

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Ben More is the highest peak in the Inner Hebrides, excluding those on Skye. It has very unique shape and makes for a great photograph if you’re able to reach the top, especially if you can include the ‘Loch na Keal’ below it in the shot.

ROSS OF MULL

The peninsula on the south-west of the island, called the ‘Ross’, has wonderful beaches with clear waters.

BURG

 

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Burg is an area of pure wilderness, with heath, wild flowers, waterfalls and unique stepped cliffs. It also has ruins of settlements from the Iron Age. One of Burg’s most interesting features is ‘MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree’, a wonder of nature that is some 50 million years old.

Eas Fors Waterfall

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Eas Fors Waterfall is another beautiful spot that is easily missed. Be careful here as it can be dangerous, especially if you bring children.

WILDLIFE

Another reason to come to Mull is the fantastic and varied wildlife on show here. There are dolphins, whales, porpoises, and sharks hiding in the waters around the island. You have to know where to look to find them, but it’s worth trying as very few people have seen these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. The best way to see whales in Mull is to go on a ‘whale watching tour’.

Keep your eye on the skies throughout your trip, as Mull is considered one of the best places to see the white-tailed sea eagle. This is a very rare species of eagle that is also the largest bird of prey in Britain. You can also spot golden eagles, hen harriers, kestrels, buzzards, owls, and many more species of birds.

 

 

Another wonderful species that lives on the island is the otter. If you’re having trouble spotting them, the ‘Mull Magic Otter Walk’ will take you exactly where you need to go. Other species of animal you can see are seals, red deer, wild goats, and the usual cows and sheep.

 

ISLANDS

Mull isn’t the only island around this part of Scotland, and it makes a great base if you want to explore them all. The islands accessible from Mull include ‘Iona’, ‘Staffa’, the ‘Treshnish Isles’, and ‘Erraid’. Staffa is famous all over the world for ‘Fingal’s Cave’, and Iona has played a key role in Scottish history. These islands are described in more detail later in the post, in the ‘Activities’ section.

 

WALKING

Mull is a great place to come if you like walking and hiking. ‘Treshnish Headland’ is one of the most popular walkways, due to the great views and wildlife along the path. There are also surprises along the way, such as the ‘Whisky Cave’ and the fort.

The ‘Traigh na Cille’ walk provides a great view of the Isle of Ulva and there are lots more interesting things to see along the way, including rock pools. Other worthwhile walks to consider include ‘Kilvickeon and Scoor’, ‘Port na Ban’, and ‘Inivea’.

 

 

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HISTORY

For those with an interest in the past, Mull doesn’t disappoint. The abbey on the Isle of Iona has a museum with an exhibit describing its history. For such a small place, it has an amazingly rich story.

‘Duart Castle’, home to the Maclean clan for 800 years, is another great place for history buffs.

 

FOOD

Mull is great for fans of fresh, locally sourced food. If you like seafood, Mull has some excellent restaurants, such as the award winning ‘Ninth Wave’. Check out the restaurants section for more information.

 

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