Fun Things to Do on the Isle of Mull
The town of Oban, along with being a great tourist attraction is also known as the ‘gateway to the isles’ and the Isle of Mull is a very popular option for island hoppers.
It can be found just off the West Coast of Scotland and offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages. From exploring the island’s long history, rich culture, or experiencing its breathtaking natural beauty – there’s something for everyone!
If you are thinking about visiting Mull, then keep reading! Throughout this article, we’ll explore some of the best things to do on the lovely little Island.
Exploring the Isle of Mull
In terms of exploration, the Isle of Mull has plenty to offer those who are keen adventurers! Whether you’re simply basking in the island’s natural beauty or keen to keep active during your trip.
Here are some of the best ways to explore the island:
The Isle of Mull is a hiker’s paradise, with a variety of walking trails that cater to all levels of experience.
The most popular route is Mull’s only Munro, the 5.75-mile-long Ben More, which is the highest peak on the island and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. According to Walk Highlands, the trail up Ben More is estimated to take between 5 and 6.5 hours.
For those looking for something a bit easier, the Ardalanish beach walk is a great option, providing visitors with incredible views and interesting historical sites along the way.
The Isle of Mull is home to a variety of wildlife, including otters, owls, eagles, and puffins.
One of the best ways to see these animals up close is by taking one of the many wildlife tours available on the island. Several companies offer tours, and you can choose from boat tours or land-based tours.
These are some of the most popular tours available:
If you wish to experience Mull’s wildlife alone, some of the most popular spots for wildlife spotting include Calgary Bay, Mishnish Lochs, and the Isle of Ulva.
Click here to view a handy list of wildlife hotspots you can visit around the island.
The Isle of Mull is surrounded by beautiful beaches, each with their own unique character.
Below is a list of all 11 beaches found around the Isle of Mull. Click the links to be redirected to the beach’s Google Maps location:
Calgary Beach is one of the most popular, with its white sand and turquoise waters. Fidden Beach is another great option, in a secluded location with stunning views of the nearby mountains.
If you’re looking for something a bit more ‘untouched’ then head north west to Mull’s Black Beach, where you’ll find a secluded spot, known for its dark sand.
If you are interested in immersing yourself in the culture, there are several aspects of the island we highly recommend. Between museums, local events, and the local cuisine, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
The Isle of Mull has several museums that showcase the island’s rich history and culture. One of the most popular is the Mull Museum in Tobermory, which features exhibits on the island’s geology, archaeology, and rich history.
Another historical landmark worth visiting is Duart Castle. The castle has strong connection to the Maclean Clan, and a collection of historical artefacts, including weapons, furniture, and other items used by the MacLean clan, all on-show for its many visitors.
The Isle of Mull is home to several popular events throughout the year, each of which showcase a different aspect of the island’s culture.
One of the most popular events is the Mull Music Festival, which takes place at the end of April each year and features folk-rock groups, Scottish dance and traditional bands.
If you’re a racing fan, the annual Isle of Mull Rally is a popular attraction for visitors to the island. The event celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022, showing how special it is for locals and visitors alike.
If you want to experience the unique flavours of the Isle of Mull, there is one local speciality that you should definitely try.
Mull is known for its high quality seafood, which is available from a wide range of restaurants.
During your visit, you can feast on the most delicious seafood dishes, including lobster, crab, and scallops, which will usually be caught fresh from the surrounding waters.
The Isle of Mull is a fantastic destination for those looking to experience the West Coast of Scotland in all its beauty. With stunning landscapes, rich wildlife, and fascinating history, you won’t regret your decision to visit.
Whether you’re interested in the many walking trails, wildlife tours, or tucking into delicious seafood, Mull has it all.
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