Our little corner of Mull is a great base to explore the island and its coastline. If you can bring yourself to leave the haven of relaxation that is Calgary, there is plenty for all ages to do.
There is an amazing drive to be had following the road up from Calgary to Tobermory and Salen. The road winds its way up the coast, with breathtaking view of the sea and the lochs below, in amongst beautiful scenery, with few houses in view. The road is a single track and quite steep in parts so take care but there are plenty of passing places to enjoy the views. Take a look at some tips about driving on Mull for your safety and convenience.
Mull is a magical place for wildlife, from eagles and otters to whales out at sea. Whether on land or at sea, you won’t be disappointed. There are options for wildlife walks and whale-watching trips from nearby Dervaig and Tobermory.
Just off the west coast of Mull lies the beautiful Isle of Ulva. Explore eight square miles of woodland, shore, farmland and moorland. The island is the perfect destination for a day trip and to see wildlife.
Calgary is surrounded by ancient ruins and settlements and there are plenty more historical and archeological sites to discover on Mull: ancient castles, brochs, Mesolithic caves and standing stones can all be visited locally.
Mull is also famous for its excellent walking territory. Around Calgary and the north of the island, you will find good coastal and forest walks, with the wilder coast to the West. The more mountainous walks can be found further South, with a Munro to bag, should you wish to, in the shape of Ben More. Finally, the Ardmeanach peninsula, a rugged wilderness with dramatic cliffs and geological wonders, is a great spot to explore
Tobermory, about half an hour away, is a delightful town, with plenty going for it, which provides for visitors and locals alike. It can also be a god send when the Hebridean weather is not clement and you need to revert back to indoor activities. The little ones will be entertained by touring the houses used in the famous BBC’s Balamory, visiting the Aquarium with its ever-changing display of sea creatures (released into the sea every four weeks), or visiting the Rainidays soft play area. The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s visitor centre is also a great visitor attraction with displays about the larger marine life that can be seen in and around the Tobermory bay. Tobermory’s immediate surrounding area and harbour are brilliant for wildlife (seals, otters, porpoise and bottle-nose dolphins are frequent visitors, with more occasional sightings of minke whales and even basking sharks).
Food and drink
If food and drink is your thing, then look no further than Tobermory: from chocolatiers to biscuit makers to the Isle of Mull Cheddar, with Isle of Mull Ice Cream and the Tobermory Whisky Distillery, this is truly a feast for the tastebuds! A few extra walks may be in order to burn off these lovely treats, particularly if you sample some of Tobermory and north Mull’s very good restaurants.
So take your pick and enjoy your stay on Mull.