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Isle of Mull Area Guide

Duart Castle Image courtesy of Flickr user S McK

The Isle of Mull is a small island off of the west coast of Scotland with beautiful, often spectacular landscapes. It's the second largest island after Skye in the Inner Hebrides and like the other Scottish islands one of the most continuously populated areas in the British Isles. Settlements date back to the Neolithic and the island has changed hands many times during its history. The landscape is picture-perfect, dominated by tall inland hills and mountains, crystal clear lakes, white sandy beaches and craggy heath land.

There is only one major settlement - Tobermory - which was built in the eighteenth century to support the fishing industry. There are several other small settlements including Craignure, Fionnphort and Salen with small populations. The economy is based largely on tourism, although there is a whisky distillery and a brewery on the island and some residents still make their living from fishing.

The island is a destination for nature lovers, drawn by wildlife such as white-tailed eagles, golden eagles, basking sharks, minke whales, porpoises and dolphins.


The population of the island declined dramatically in the nineteenth century during the time of the highland clearances (which saw crofters evicted in favour of sheep farming), and now stands at just under 3,000. A large proportion of the residents descend from the original clans of Macleans, MacLaines, MacKinnons, Macquarries and MacDonalds, although there are some newer arrivals from mainland Scotland and the rest of the UK, drawn by the tourism industry.


There is only one high school on the Isle of Mull - the Tobermory High School. It describes itself as 'high achieving', and uses technology such as video conferencing to overcome some of the constraints of its remote location. Some islanders from the south west send their children to Oban High School on the mainland, with children staying locally from Monday to Thursday. There are five other primary schools (Tobermory High School is also a primary school) on the island.


Ferry services to the mainland are quick and frequent. The routes are Oban to Craignure, Kilchoan to Tobermory and Lochaline to Fishnish. A Ferry service also goes from Fionnphort to nearby Iona. A bus service operates across the island between the major settlements.

Amenities and Shopping

Tobermory has a mixture of shops that keep life and soul together and shops to guarantee a great holiday. The strip facing the sea includes a Co-op supermarket, post office, pharmacy, bank, hair salon, bakery and iron mongers alongside shops selling outdoor clothing, diving equipment, fishing equipment, soap, chocolate and art.

There are a number of restaurants, but these tend to be closed or only open a few days a week out of season. A couple of pubs - the MacDonald Arms and MacGochans - provide a fireside pint and decent pub food. Islanders can also dine at many of the hotels that cater to the tourist trade.

The island suits an outdoors kind of person, with plenty of beautiful walks and wildlife. Duart Castle is an ancient 13th century ruin that used to belong to the clan Maclean, and now sits dramatically overlooking the sea.

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