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Isle of Mull, Scotland
Fast Facts
ACTIVITIES
Wildlife
Birding
Historic Interest
Walking
 
 
Points of Interest Nearby
CITIES & CULTURE
FAMILY FUN
ACTIVE ADVENTURE
 

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The Isle of Mull may not be a tropical paradise yet this island off the west coast of Scotland offers families endless days of discovery. Tour the brightly colored town of Tobermory. See standing stones, duns, brochs and castles. Take a train trip from Craignure to Torosay. Play on silver sand beaches. (Calgary Bay and Ross of Mull, as the island's westernmost finger is called, are the favorites of islanders.) Cruise coastal roads. Hike hills. Walk shores. Ferry to Iona and glimpse the birthplace of Celtic Christianity. Take a boat trip to Staffa or Treshnish Isles and watch birds. Spot seals at Laggan Sands near Lochbuie. Hoping to catch sight of something larger? Embark on a marine safari. Or head to Cailleach Point, Carsaig or Ardnamurchan Point and observe cetaceans from shore.
Getting There
 
The Isle of Mull lies off the west coast of Scotland and is situated roughly 100 miles (161 km) northwest of Glasgow. The nearest airport is in Glasgow. The principal port is Oban. European low cost airlines and major carriers service Glasgow Airport. Scottish Citylink connects Oban with Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee and Fort William. National Rail journeys to Oban from numerous Scots cities. The primary ferry route is Oban to Craignure. Ferries also connect Lochaline to Fishnish and Kilchoan to Tobermory as well as Fionnphort with the Isle of Iona.
Getting Around
 
There are five things to consider when plotting a route round Mull: 1) The Isle of Mull is surprising large. It is 353 square miles in size. 2) Mull is an island of peninsulas. It stretches a mere 30 miles from north to south and but 20 miles from east to west yet boasts 300 miles of coastline. 3) The scenic roads are narrow and, in most cases, single track. Motoring 20 miles can take 2 hours! 4) Mull has only one Munro (peak over 3000 feet) but it is hardly flat. 5) The Isle of Mull is a favorite with hill walkers. Many of the trails are rugged and rated difficult.
When to Travel
 
The best time of the year to visit western Scotland is from April to June. But don't expect endless days of warm sunshine. The weather in Scotland is fickle. It's as likely to be sunny as it is to be rainy. It's possible to experience more than one season in a single afternoon. The peak tourist season - July, August and Easter - is often crowded.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
The islanders have put together a treasure hunt for kids aged 7 - 12. Challenge books, called The Quest, are available from the Craignure Tourist Information Centre. Children that complete 8 challenges receive an Leigheagan stone.
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