The Isle of Mull is a great destination for a day trip when you are staying in the Ardnamurchan area. You can hop on the ferry from Kilchoan as a foot passanger and enjoy a day in and around Tobermory, or you can take your car from either Kilchoan (to Tobermory) or from Lochaline (to Fishnish) and travel further afield. Stroll along the waterfront taking in the shops and restaurants, pop into the Mull Museum to learn about the history of the island, enjoy a wee dram on a tour around the Tobermory distillery. If that is not enough, why not head off on a lovely coastal walk or take advantage of the abundant wildlife spotting opportunities on the island by taking an organised wildlife safari.

The ferry from Kilchoan takes around 30 minutes to reach Tobermory and is great way to travel as a foot passenger to enjoy a relaxing chill out day in this lovely coastal village, sometimes known as Balamory. Remember to look out for the Tobermory cat on the High Street. There is also a great walk along the coast to Aros Park. If you are feeling energetic, you could maybe cycle to Glengorm Castle where there are more great walks and wildlife spotting opportunities. Alternatively, you can opt to take your car on the ferry and drive to Glengorm or further afield with a chance of seeing white-tailed eagles on Loch Frisa or otters on Loch Na Keal.

Whilst there is plenty of space for foot passengers on the ferry from Kilchoan, there is less space for cars and you are advised to turn up early in the peak Summer months. Alternatively, you can catch the ferry between Lochaline and Fishnish. A shorter crossing, more space for cars and a great option if you want to take a circular car (or bicycle) tour around Mull and Ardnamurchan.

 

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Reasons To Visit: Wildlife Hotspot, Walk

Glengorm Castle and Grounds is a short drive  or cycle journey from Tobermory.  The grounds of the castle can be explored by foot and there are several circular for you to enjoy including one to some prehistoric standing stones. The grounds are wildlife rich and there are several ranger led walks during the summer months.  There is also a nature focused interpreation centre in The Old Stables where you can find out more about the local wildlife, rarities and local sightings and plan your own wildlife safari around the grounds.

A lovely spot on the North coast of Mull where you can take a walk and immerse yourself in wildlife, followed by a delicious afternoon tea in the Glengorm Coffee Shop.


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Reasons To Visit: Distillery

Take a guided tour of Tobermory distillery founded in 1798. Tobermory Distillery, formerly  the Ledaig distillery, is one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland  and the sole distillery in Mull.  It uses the traditional copper domed iron mash tun in the distilling of its spirits.  The Tobermory brand has been used for both the single malt and blended whisky. The Single malt is distilled from unpeated malt barley and left to mature in oak barrels for at least 10 years to produce the distinctive flavours characteristic of this Hebridean island distillery.   Be captivated by the colour, nose, palate and finish of these unique island whiskies which range in age from 10 years to a grand of age of 42 years. 

Situated at the end of the High Street by the marina.


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Reasons To Visit: Distillery, Interpretation Centre, Tearoom, Walk

Tobermory is the main town (capital) in Mull on the north-east of the island. Its colourful buildings along the harbour have become famous in the children’s TV series, Balamory and are home to a wide variety of shops, restuarants, pubs, tearooms as well as The Mull Museum showcasing the history of Mull.  There is also a distillery, theatre, marine interpretation centre and several willdife tour comapnies start their Island tours from here.

The regular ferry crossing from Kilchoan takes around 30 minutes and makes for a gret start and end to an interesting day out.  Don't forget to look out for the ginger Tobermory cat on the high street and maybe otters in the wee harbour.


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Reasons To Visit: Photo Opportunity

Although The Tobermory Cat may be a fictitious character, you may well bump into him, or one of his friends, on Tobermory High Street.  A charismatic sort of guy, laid back, and on top of his game.  A highlight of many a day trip to Tobermory from Kilchoan and always a great photo opportunity.


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Reasons To Visit: Walk, Wildlife Hotspot

Head south on a stunning coastal walk from the harbour at Tobermory to Aros Park which is signposted from The Mull Aquarium. This lovely forest park is owned by the Forestry Commission and was formerly the house and grounds of  Aros House (now demolished).  The focal point of Aros park is the lovely feature loch (Lochan a Ghurrabain), bejewelled with water lilies and surrounded by woodland.  Take a gentle stroll on the Lochan Trail around the loch.   Take a short detour to the old estate stone pier to be rewarded by fine views of the picturesque village of Tobermory.  Take time to admire the impressive waterfalls along Aros Burn (The Waterfalls Trail).  Head up hill to the lookout point (Alainn View) for stunning views across the burn and bay.  Details of these and other local walks can be found on the interpretation board in the car park.  There is also a play trail for children, and benches to contemplate the beauty and tranquillity of the surroundings. 

The route to Aros Park is mainly on a gravel track through mixed deciduous coastal woodland.  The walk to Aros Park takes around an hour each way, so there is plenty of tme to enjoy this lovely walk and park on your day trip from Ardnamurchan.


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Reasons To Visit: Castle, Historical

Duart Castle is an impressive castle perched in a commanding position on a rocky promontory overlooking the Sound of Mull.  The castle dates back to the 13th century and is the ancestral home of Clan Maclean.  This stunning castle with its impressive fortifications has witnessed a turbulent history. It was reduced to a ruin in 17th century.  The castle was restored in 1911 by Sir Fitzroy Maclean and now boasts an impressive great hall and richly decorated state bedrooms.  There is also an exhibition room of clan artefacts, tearoom and gift shop.  You can also take a walk along the top of the keep for some fabulous coastal views, and enjoy a coastal walk around Duart Point.

Duart castle is located in the south of Mull, a short distance from the ferry terminal at Craignure.  It is best reached by car and taking the ferry from Lochaline to Fishnish.   Head along A849  towards Craignure and follow signpost to Duart Castle.