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25 Things to Do on the Isle of Mull

If you’re heading to the Scottish Isles, we suggest you start your adventure on the mythical Isle of Mull.

Located on the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Mull is the second-largest island in the Inner Hebrides after the Isle of Skye. But while the Isle of Skye is the more popular of the Hebrides, Mull is an island brimming with incredible wildlife, magnificent natural beauty and plenty of history, a true gem of the Scottish Isles.

Mull is easily accessible from mainland Scotland via one of many car ferry services, so there’s really no excuse not to visit the magnificent Isle of Mull.

Things to Do on Mull

There is no shortage of things to do on the Isle of Mull. From island hopping to wildlife watching to taking in culture and history to relaxing on the stunning Mull beaches. Not sure where to start? We’ve compiled a list of the 25 top must-do activities on this incredible Scottish Island.

Explore Colourful Tobermory

Located in a tranquil bay in the northeast of the island, Tobermory is the main town on the Isle of Mull. Its vibrant colourful houses and quirky shops and eateries give it a unique charm and one of the most popular stops for visitors to Mull. While the calm bay of Tobermory Sound has been a safe haven for ships for centuries, there is a famous wreck of a Spanish ship with some interesting tales of how it got there – was it a witch or was it war?

Enjoy Famous Fish and Chips

The Isle of Mull is famous for its fish and chips, and none more so than the award-winning The Fisherman’s Pier Fish and Chip van, a charming family-run shop serving delicious local fish and chip shop classics. Enjoy your meal on the nearby benches with a view of the harbour, just keep an eye out for crafty seagulls looking to steal a chip.

Walk to Rubha nan Gall Lighthouse

Just 3.5 miles north of Tobermory is the Rubha nan Gall lighthouse. It’s a short 2-hour there-and-back hike along well-maintained walking paths that pass through beautiful woodlands, with amazing views of the Sound of Mull. The nearby Keeper’s Cottage is a popular retreat for those looking for a remote holiday getaway.

Take a Stroll Through Aros Park

On the other side of Tobermory Harbour is the beautiful Aros Park a favourite among walkers due to its many easily accessible scenic trails. One of the most popular trails is the Aros Burn trail which takes you through beautiful woodlands to two spectacular waterfalls. The park is also a popular picnic spot and a must-visit on every Isle of Mull itinerary.

Do a Distillery Tour

No visit to Mull is complete without a visit to the famous Tobermory Distillery. The distillery first fired up its kettles in the 1790s, making it one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. While the distillery is known for its single malt whiskies, it also produces top-quality gin. Go on a distillery tour or enjoy a whisky and gin tasting to sample the famous tipple.

Get Cheesy at Isle of Mull Cheese

After savouring some of Tobermory’s finest spirits, head over to Isle of Mull cheese for some farm-fresh cheesy goodness. Situated on Sgriob-ruadh Farm, a quick 30-minute walk from downtown Tobermory, Isle of Mull Cheese offers a wide variety of homemade cheeses made from only natural ingredients. You won’t find anything artificial in these cheeses.

Grab a Cone at Mull Ice Cream

If you feel like something sweet after the savoury, grab a cone of handmade dairy ice cream from Mull Ice Cream. The luxurious ice cream is made using milk from cows at Sgriob-Ruadh Farm, the same as the cheese, and comes in some interesting flavours, like Local Marmalade and Tobermory Single Malt. If dairy is not your vibe, they also offer vegan-friendly sorbet.

Relax on Calgary Beach

Calgary Beach on the west coast of Mull is one of the island’s most stunning beaches. Scores of visitors flock to its magnificent shores and crystal-clear waters to relax, enjoy picnics and have fun in the sun. If hanging out on the beach is not really your thing, head over to Robin’s Boat, an ice cream shop that’s literally in a boat, for a sweet creamy treat. Due to its popularity, it may get a little crowded, especially in summer, so make sure you’re there early to get the best spot.

Savour Some Cake at Bus Stop Bakes

Speaking of treats, while you’re in Calgary, be sure to stop off at the famous Bus Stop Bakes next to the road at the Clatt bus stop, just outside Calgary Bay. This unique little bake shop works on an ‘honesty system’ (the original self-checkout), and sells delicious homemade cakes and bakes most days of the week. The shop’s owner started the shop to earn a little more money after the pandemic disrupted their career plans.

Explore Hidden Coves at Langamull Beach

From super popular to super secret, Langamull Beach is one of Mull’s hidden gems. This lovely beach is affectionately known as the “Mull Caribbean” due to its white sandy beach and bright blue water. Similar to the ‘real’ Caribbean, Langamull Beach also has several hidden coves to explore. When you’re done exploring, enjoy a picnic on the beach or visit Kildavie, one of the oldest settlements on Mull, nearby.

Relax on the Remote Beaches of Mull

Mull’s extensive 300-mile coastline harbours a treasure trove of remote and breathtaking beaches, waiting to be discovered. Some of these include Ardalanish Beach with its captivating rock formations, the very private Croggan Beach that’s accessible only via a private wooden boardwalk, Fidden Beach with its pink granite boulders, the twin bays of Kilvickeon Beach, and the stunning Knockvologan Beach with its white sandy beach and deep blue water.

Hire a Bike

If you’re feeling like something more active, hire a bike and go explore! It’s one of the best, and arguably the most fun, ways to explore. Choose between an electric or traditional bicycle and ride around the excellent roads and pathways. Feel like a kid again as you explore Mull’s charming towns and breathtaking countryside on two wheels.

Visit the Three Lochs

Swap out two wheels for four and take a drive out toward the Ross of Mull. This scenery on the drive is breathtaking with many stopping points to pull over and take a bunch of Instagrammable pics. One of the best spots to stop is at the beautiful Three Lochs Viewpoint which looks out over a valley with spectacular views of the three lochs of Loch an Eilein, Loch an Ellen and Loch Airde Glais

See Fingal’s Cave on Staffa

Staffa is one of the 8 Treshnish Isles located just off the west coast of the Isle of Mull and is home to the remarkable Fingal’s Cave, a gaping cave formed by huge columns of basalt. The cave is believed to be named after Finn MacCumhaill, or Fingal, the mythical Irish general. The island’s geological wonder inspired the German composer Felix Mendelssohn to compose the popular Hebrides Overture after a visit in 1829.

Explore the Iona Abbey and Nunnery

For a bit of history, hop on a ferry to the Isle of Iona, a tiny island just off Fionnphort on the southwest coast of Mull and take a 10-minute walk to the Iona Abbey. Established by St Columba in 563 CE, Iona Abbey is believed to be the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. On the way to the abbey, wander around the ruins of the old Iona Nunnery that was established in the 13th Century for a glimpse into Scotland’s religious past.

Marvel at MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree

The Isle of Mull is full of geological wonders and one of the most fascinating of these is MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree, an imprint in the rocks formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. Unfortunately, the Fossil Tree can only be reached by boat or by taking a 22-kilometre hike along the Fossil Tree walk, so it’s not a leisurely hike. However, seeing the Fossil Tree up close makes it well worth the effort.

Explore Mackinnon’s Cave

Just northeast of the Fossil Tree is the mysterious Mackinnon’s Cave. Discovered in 1773, the cave is one of the deepest caves in the Hebrides and there are many stories about what goes on in its lava-formed depths, from strange hermits to terrifying cave monsters. But while these creatures (probably) don’t exist, you should still take caution when exploring the caves.

Hike to Carsaig Arches

The trail to the Carsaig Arches is one of the most popular hiking trails on the Isle of Mull. The 13-kilometre trail takes you through rocky and narrow paths along the tops of sheer cliffs to the magnificent natural arches in the Carsaig cliffside. The hike can be a tricky one, especially if you’re not the best with heights, and timing the weather well is important. Make sure you pack appropriately and hike in a group.

Visit the Mysterious Lochbuie Stone Circle

Speaking of mysterious things, Scotland is known for its many standing stones, and Mull is home to several of these mysterious monuments. Out of all the standing stone locations, the stone circle at Lochbuie is the only complete stone circle. While no one really knows why these structures were erected by early islanders, there is an eerie energy about them that you just can’t put your finger on. It’s a bit of a trek to get to these strange ancient structures, but they’re well worth a visit.

Visit Duart Castle

Duart Castle is one of the top must-visit attractions on the Isle of Mull map. The historic home of Clan MacLean, the castle has been the seat of power for the clan for more than 700 years. The castle also boasts magnificent views of the Sound of Mull, and when you want to take a break from exploring, enjoy a delicious meal at the Tea Room.

Climb Ben More

Standing over a kilometre tall, Ben More is the highest mountain on the Isle of Mull, its distinctive triangular shape visible from almost anywhere on the island. The views from the top of Ben More are incredible and there are many trails to the summit for hikers of all levels. The best time to climb Ben More is on a clear day and always make sure you pack enough water and snacks for your ascent. Ben More is definitely a top-of-your-bucket-list thing to do.

Go Camping

One of the great things about Scotland is its ‘right to roam’ policy which allows everyone free access to most of the land and inland water, as long as it’s respectful. This includes wild camping, camping in the countryside, and outside of designated camping sites. With all its incredible natural beauty, the Isle of Mull is the perfect place to go wild camping and get closer to nature. Just make sure you pack appropriately for the weather and leave only footprints.

Catch a Performance at Mull Theatre

Catch up on some culture with a visit to the Mull Theatre in Druimfin, just outside Tobermory. This cultural centre is a great place to see films and music by talented Scottish filmmakers and musicians or catch a performance ranging from musical operas to comedies. There are performances and screenings happening all year round, so check the theatre’s website before you visit Mull.

Art Meets Nature at Calgary Art in Nature

One of the most famous creative attractions in Mull is the amazing Calgary Art in Nature Exhibit, featuring artworks and sculptures inspired by nature. This includes sculptures carved in trees, repurposed boats and houses and crafts made from natural and recycled materials. All of the sculptures and installations can be reached via self-guided walking tours. It is a truly incredible experience seeing the interplay of art and nature, and definitely one for the top of your must-do list.

Catch Up on History at Mull Museum

The Isle of Mull may be small, but it has a lot of history and the Mull Museum in Tobermory provides a glimpse into the island’s interesting past. The museum is packed with exciting exhibits, interesting artefacts and information, as well as books about the island’s rich history. The museum is run by knowledgeable volunteers who are always on hand to answer any questions or tell you interesting stories about the island’s colourful past.

The Isle of Mull features jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery, rich in wildlife and a colourful history, and there is always something to see, do and experience on this little island off the west coast of Scotland. One of the best and most exciting ways to explore the Isle of Mull and the other islands of the Inner Hebrides is by sailing yacht, with many trips exploring the magnificent islands of Scotland.

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