From mountains to moorlands, Mull is an island of wild landscapes with a pretty harbour town.
Less than an hour from Oban lies the isle of Mull - home of the dramatic Duart Castle, which sits high on a cliff-top, proudly guarding the Firth of Lorne. On Mull, you'll also find the fishing port of Tobermory, famous for its pastel coloured houses, which line the harbour. You might recognise Tobermory, from the Balamory children's TV show - you can't miss the harbour's brightly painted houses as you arrive on the ferry from Kilchoan. There's around 300 miles of coastline to explore on Mull - with beautiful bays of turquoise water. On that coastline lies one of Mull's most famous spots - Calgary Bay. Around its edges you'll find traces of previous settlements including Iron Age forts, and most recently, those dating from the Clearances. Nearby is Calgary Art In Nature woodland walk - a cultural landscape, peppered with sculpture, that perfectly marries art to nature. There's plenty of surprises to uncover.
The An Tobar arts centre sells lots of arts and crafts to take home, and if you head further afield you can spot puffins, dolphins, and otters, or explore the Lochbuie stone circle and MacKinnon's cave. Mull is the gateway to Iona, which is perfect for a day trip. The Tobermory distillery has some excellent malts, too, if you like a dram. Mull and nearby islands also offer excellent touring journeys exploring nature, wildlife, food and drink, landmarks, history and heritage - check out our page to see what suits you.
Prior to your journey, familiarise yourself with VisitScotland's #RespectProtectEnjoy guidance and check the arrangements individual islands and locations have for managing the safety of their visitors and communities. For Argyll and Bute, please read through the area's 'Be a great Visitor' guidance.
Mull welcomes responsible campers and visitors in motorhomes, however there are limited pitches and high demand for spaces on Mull. Please ensure you have booked a suitable pitch or campsite before travelling. Camping alongside vehicles in tents, or in your campervan, motorhome or touring caravan without consent is not permitted. Please adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code to help protect the island's fragile natural environment.
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The most direct route to Mull is by ferry from Oban, which drops you at Craignure. The journey takes 46 minutes. Vehicle reservations are recommended on these routes. You can book travel online, and when you do, you'll immediately receive an eTicket direct to your inbox - ready to board.
You can also get to Mull from Lochaline and Kilchoan on Morvern and Ardnamurchan. These routes are Turn up and Go - when you pre-purchase tickets on this route, you'll be purchasing an 'open' ticket for a chosen departure date, valid for the season in which you've purchased it, but it won't have a specific sailing time. Simply turn up at the port of departure and go No advance booking is necessary on this sailing. Simply turn up at the port of departure, go on the next available sailing and buy a ticket on board.
It takes 2 hours 30 minutes to drive from Glasgow, 3 hours from Edinburgh, 4 hours from Aberdeen, and 2 hours 45 minutes from Inverness. If you are travelling with an electric vehicle, there are charging points available at the Argyll College in Oban.
The Isle of Mull is well equipped with electric vehicle charging points with points in Craignure, Bunessan, Fionnphort, Tobermory and Treshnish Holiday Cottages.
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If you're coming from the east coast, Edinburgh, or the South, you'll need to travel through Glasgow. There's a regular direct train to Oban from Glasgow Queen Street Station, and it takes just over 3 hours. Check the train times on our Journey Planner
The bus route to Oban from Glasgow takes just under 3 hours, traffic permitting. The bus from Inverness to Oban takes 3 hours 30 minutes, with a change at Fort William.
West Coast Motors operate regular services (Monday to Saturday) across the Isle of Mull. Check our Journey Planner for more details.
Mull is the second largest of the Inner Hebrides. The island is probably best known for the colourful harbour of Tobermory and was the setting of the popular children's television series Balamory. The walking routes on Mull take in some of the Scotland's finest coastal scenery as well as some really challenging mountain climbs. If you would like more information on walking in Mull check out Holiday Mull .
Why not explore Mull by bike? The Isle of Mull is a large island with routes to suit all ages and levels. The majority of roads are single track and the terrain can vary between flattish grounds to more challenging. Why not try the 87 mile Tour of Mull and take in the sights like Eas Fors Waterfall near the neighbouring island of Ulva, or why not go off-road at Tobermory and into the trails through Ardmore. Note that Mull can get quite busy especially around the ports. Take a look at the Visit Scotland website for details of routes, excursions and bike hire.
Note: If you're bringing your bike, please add your bike(s) to your booking, - this means that you have more certainty about space. This ticket will remain free of charge. Groups of cyclists should contact us in advance advising of preferred sailings, as space on some ferries may be limited.
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If you're looking to get around Mull by public transport you've got a few options to explore - there is a local bus service which runs to a regular timetable, and local private hire taxi options to choose from. You could also get around on a hired electric bicycle if you were feeling adventurous. Find out more about public transport options on Mull at www.isle-of-mull.net .