The Isle of Mull has something for everyone – a holiday destination where history is around every corner and where you have the chance to live a lifestyle far removed from the hectic pressures of everyday life.
Craignure is a village and a ferry terminal and the main gateway to the beautiful Isle of Mull. It is equidistant from Tobermory and Iona, making it the perfect location to base yourself for a weekend or week away and has a lot to offer its visitors.
One of the main attractions in the area, and dominating the landscape as you approach Craignure on the ferry, is one of the last surviving privately owned Clan Castles in Scotland.
Duart Castle has a prominent position, towering above the coast of Mull. With 800 years of history surrounding the Castle, every corner has a story to tell – from the Rowan Tree in the Castle Courtyard to the eerie dungeons and battlements that whisper their tales of conflicts past as you look out across the Sound of Mull.
There are also a number of marked walks that wind their way down to the shore.
Iona, a tiny island off the south-west tip of Mull, is well worth a day trip. Catch the early ferry from Fionnphort across the sound of Iona – a crossing of about 10 minutes – and savour the peaceful atmosphere as you arrive on the other side.
Following his arrival in AD 563, St Columba founded a monastery that very quickly became the centre of the development of Christianity among the picts and the Scots. Surviving despite numerous Viking raids until the end of the 12th century, the monastery was then transformed into a Benedictine abbey.
The building has undergone many changes and restorations began in earnest in 1938, when the Iona Community was established. The Abbey restoration was completed in 1965, from which time The Iona Community have run it as a residential centre and continued daily worship in the Abbey Church. The fabric of the Abbey is now looked after by Historic Scotland.
Founded in 1200 by the Lord of the Isles, Iona’s Nunnery became known as ‘An Eaglais Dhubh’ (the black church) because of the colour of the nuns’ robes. Despite being made derelict during the Reformation, the nunnery has not been restored. Its remaining pink granite walls are some of the best examples of a medieval nunnery left in Britain today.
Iona has a long and illustrious history and is well known as being ‘The cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland but there is much more to the island than that. With galleries and artisan shops, a choice of places to eat, wild open spaces to explore and vast, empty sandy beaches, it is remarkable that despite the numbers of visitors to the island each year, the overall experience is one of peace and relaxation.
Tobermory was built in the late 18th century as a fishing harbour and is now the main town on Mull. Its brightly-painted buildings along the main street to the pier adorn many of the postcards sent worldwide from Mull every year.
The town has a good variety of shops, and the new Marine Visitor Centre at the harbour. The harbour is always busy with fishing boats, yachts and the ferry to and from Kilchoan.
Mull Museum, situated on Tobermory’s colourful waterfront, is full of information about Mull in days gone by. Learn about people living in duns and brochs, or about the times of warring clans and their castles. Exhibits include crofting, farming, fishing and everyday life on Mull. Find out more about the wreck of the Spanish Galleon and the naval presence in the Second World War.
Tobermory Distillery, established in 1798, is the only distillery on Mull and one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. It is unique, not just because of its idyllic location, but because it produces two different, but equally alluring, single malts: the fruity, unpeated Tobermory and the more robust and smoky Ledaig.