The Isle of Mull is just one of the nearly 800 islands off the coast of Scotland and is one of the largest. Its diverse landscape which is a good mix of ancient remnants, imposing castles and forts, rich natural wonders and pretty townscapes gives every type of visitor something to do and so much to see. It’s also close to other fascinating islands and a quick boat trip to any of those is a must while you’re in Mull. Here’s a list of things to do in the Isle of Mull to help you figure out where to go and what to do while in this lovely Scottish island.
- 10 Things To Do in the Isle of Mull
- 1. Duart Castle
- 2. Hike up the Ben More
- 3. Lochbuie Stone Circle
- 4. Wildlife Watching
- 5. Stargazing & Astro-photography
- 6. Tobermory
- 7. Tobermory Distillery
- 8. Iona
- 9. Eas Fors Waterfall
- 10. Glengorm Castle
10 Things To Do in the Isle of Mull
1. Duart Castle
The stunning Duart Castle was built around the 13th century and was the seat of the Maclean clan. It was eventually abandoned in 1751, then in the early y 1900s, it was bought and restored d to the castle that we see today.
It is now open to the public for tours and is one of the best attractions in the Isle of Mull. A must visit in the palace is the tea room, which ch uses ingredients sourced from the palace gardens. Duart Castle and its surrounding area has been a location for films, and can also be hired as a wedding venue.
Monday to Friday – 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
|Family (2 adults + 2 children (5-15yrs))||£19.00|
|Seniors and students|
Address: Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland, PA64 6AP
Phone: +44(0)1680 812309
2. Hike up the Ben More
Aside from the Isle of Skye, the only other Munro (or mountain that’s over 3,000 feet high) in a Scottish island is the Ben More. Also known as ‘the roof of Mull’, Ben More is 966 meters (3,169 ft) high and provides panoramic views of the many islands surrounding the area. One of the best things to do in Isle of Mull on weekends is to climb up Ben More, which can be pretty challenging depending on which trail you take.
For advanced hikers with good navigation skills, there’s a trail via the A’ Chioch ridge and Beinn Fhada which is steep and rocky and takes about 8 to 9 hours to complete. There’s also a relatively easier, more straightforward route from Dhiseig which takes about 5 to 7 hours. Both can be exhausting, but well worth it as the views from the top are quite unforgettable.
3. Lochbuie Stone Circle
This is a must-visit if you’re into archeology and ancient history, or simply curious what these stone circles are. Lochbuie Stone Circle is one of the best places to visit in the Isle of Mull if you’re interested to see remnants of prehistoric activity. The Stone Circle in Lochbuie is composed of a series of standing stones that date back to the Bronze Age. Along with ancient cairns and cists that can be found in other parts of Mull, the Stone Circles are among the most visited attractions in Mull. Places and monuments like these are a great opportunity to get started on any city or town’s history, and should always be included when checking out what a certain place has to offer.
Address: Lochbuie House, Lochbuie, Isle of Mull, PA62 6AA
Phone: 01680 814214
4. Wildlife Watching
The Isle of Mull abounds with wildlife, and it is everywhere. From mountains to lowlands to the waters surrounding it, there’s always something to see. Mull is known all over as one of the best places to go to in the UK if you want nr to see otters and white-tailed eagles. Both of these fascinating creatures can be found without much effort: you simply have to sit and wait by the coast then watch them appear.
There are lots of other species that you’ll come across with while in the Isle of Mull but it is suggested to join hiking or boat tours for you to fully enjoy the experience. Wildlife spotting is also considered as one of the best things to do in the Isle of Mull so make sure to set aside de some time for this activity.
5. Stargazing & Astro-photography
Stargazing and astrophotography are becoming increasingly popular lately, but there’s not enough place to do it as most areas are filled with light pollution. The presence of other sources or even mere particles of light makes it difficult to capture a clear image of the night sky.
In the Isle of Mull, however, there’s an unobstructed view of the starry sky. The sky is clear and devoid of any light pollution, that taking photos won’t have you adjusting and trying a hundred different camera settings.
Most times, you simply have to find an angle you like and hit capture. In Isle, if Mull, there are groups that offer stargazing and astrophotography activities, and its best to join one as you can even learn new things about taking that perfect starry night photo.
This is definitely one of the best things to do in the Isle of Mull during the night and if you’re luckier and there’s been a higher solar activity, you may even see the elusive aurora borealis.
Tobermory is Isle of Mull’s main town and is easily recognizable by those who have seen the children’s TV series Balamory. This picturesque small town mesmerizes the moment your boat from Kilchoan arrives. As it docks on Tobermory, you’ll be greeted by colorfully painted houses lining the waterfront area. Despite its small size, this town has plenty to offer apart from the usual restaurants, cafes, and accommodations. There’s the Aros Park, the Mull Aquarium, the Tobermory Distillery, Loch Sunart, Calve Island and the Mull Museum.
7:00 AM -10:00 PM (Sunday opens 12:30pm)
Phone: +44 1688 302208
7. Tobermory Distillery
The Tobermory Distillery was originally called Ledaig and had quite a turbulent history since it was established. It closed a number of times, but for the past few decades has been going strong.
Like most distilleries, the Tobermory Distillery offers tours to guests and is one of the main points of interest in the Isle of Mull. It is centrally located and is the original and only distillery in Mull. It is also one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland.
They take pride in their two variants of single malt whiskey, each with a distinct character. There’s the Tobermory which is fruity and unpeated, and the Ledaig which is uniquely robust and smoky.
The distillery is open all year round to visitors and they’d y gladly show you how they produce their whiskey with the emphasis on the distinct drams that they distill.
Monday to Sunday – 10: AM to 5:00 PM
Tobermory Classic Tour: £10 per ticket
Tobermory Tour: £8 per ticket
Tour Tastings: £20 per ticket
Whiskey and Chocolate Experience: £25 per ticket
Address: Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6NR
Phone: 1688 302647
Iona is a completely different and separate island, but to get here, you’d have to go through the Isle of Mull first. Unless you have your own boat, then there’s no other way to reach Iona than through Mull, which further adds to its mystique. A trip to Iona is definitely one of the best things to do in the Isle of Mull. Iona is home to the Abbey, which is the burial place of the many kings of Scotland as well as royalty from other nations.
Located off the southwest of the Isle of Mull, Iona had quite a role in Scottish history as it was the center of Christianity during the medieval era. Aside from the burial site, you can also visit the Benedictine Abbey church in Iona, the Augustinian nunnery, and the Heritage Center. Visit one of the cafes and have a bowl of hearty soup, then enjoy a stroll along the shores of this scenic island.
1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Last entry 5:00 pm
1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Mon-Sat, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sun: Only the Abbey Church, Michael Chapel, Shrine and grounds are open
Last entry 3:30 pm
Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
Child aged 5–15: £5.40
Child under 5: FREE
Address: Isle Of Iona, Argyll,PA76 6SQ
Phone: +44 (1681) 700 512
9. Eas Fors Waterfall
Located in the nearby Isle of Ulva is a stunning waterfall with a strange name. Eas and Fors are Gaelic and Old Norse respectively, and both means waterfall.
Saying this name sounds like an incantation of some sort, but the place is magical and you just forget that you literally had to say ‘waterfall ‘ three times. Eas Fors is fed by rainfall into a river that passes under a road before it reaches the sea.
The waterfall in itself is already a sight to behold, but there is something about watching the waters journeying into a bigger space. It’s just a 30-minute walk but it’s quite fascinating to watch, just mind your steps because it can be slippery and there is a lot of water rushing into the sea.
10. Glengorm Castle
Glengorm Castle is also known as Castle Sorm, a fairytale-like structure that was built in the late 19th century. It overlooks the Atlantic ocean and offers unparalleled views of nearby islands such as Canna, Rum, and Uist. The castle is situated at the Glengorm headland and surrounded by coastline, forestry, hills, and lochs. The castle is a functioning hotel, though, and not really open for public tours but you can always stroll along with the vast estate, take photos as the castle provides a scenic backdrop or visit its coffeeshop. Explore the castle grounds and you might just stumble upon on a path that’ll lead you to the nearby Dum Ara Castle.
Friday – 12:00 AM 6:00 PM
9:00 Pm to 12:00 AM
Address: Tobermory,Argyll, PA75 6QE
Phone: +44 (1688) 302321