An Introduction to The Island of Mull
The Island of Mull (pop. 3000) is, of all the Hebridian Islands, the most accessible, yet remains a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the mainland: 300 miles of unspoilt coastline with beaches, fossil rich cliffs, mountains and caves; wildlife everywhere – Golden Eagles, deer, seals, otters, whales and orchids too; 200 miles of quiet roads with castles, gardens and museums to visit or for the more energetic there are two golf courses. Hill walking, fishing, shooting and horse riding are also popular pastimes for the holidaymaker on Mull. However the most popular are without doubt sailing and diving with the waters surrounding Mull being world renowned for both. Mull also boasts its own miniature steam railway and many fine eating establishments can be found, all around the island. To the south west of Mull lies the historic island of Iona and to the west the tiny Hedridean island of Staffa, made famous by the spectacular Fingals Cave, which was the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Hebridean Overture. Day trips to these and many more islands including Coll and Tiree can be taken.
Tobermory (pop. 1000) is the capital of Mull and the town itself plays host to frequent music festivals, sailing weeks, regattas, drama festivals, the Mull Highland Games and one of the best run car rallies in the UK (The Mull Rally). The main street is world famous with its colourfully painted houses and bustling harbour and with several excellent pubs, restaurants and shops within a stones throw of each other the town is a perfect base to explore Mull in its entirety.