The Isle of Mull is only 46 minutes by ferry from Oban, just long enough for the kids to get plenty excited, possibly spot some dolphins or the occasional basking shark, and get an eyeful of the dramatic Duart Castle on its headland perch overlooking the Sound of Mull.
It’s a fittingly enchanting sail to the Inner Hebrides’ island that’s famous for the colourful harbour town of Tobermory, the white sand beach at Calgary, views of the flat topped Treshnish Isles and thrilling boat trips to Fingal’s Cave. There’s oodles of wonderful wildlife and heaps for families to get up to in the greatest of great outdoors - you can even bag a Munro if you’re feeling particularly energetic.
What not to miss on the Isle of Mull
Everyone falls in love with Tobermory at first sight, but there’s more to the town than a brightly painted harbour. Discover its best kept secrets and hidden gems on the Tobermory Treasure Hunt Trail. Kids aged six and over will like the clever clues but there’s enough to even keep the grown-ups intrigued on this fun 1.5 mile walk.
Take a wildlife cruise from Mull to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles. It’s one of the few ways to set foot on Lunga Island and spy on its vast colony of puffins (April-August), and the only way to get up close to legendary Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa - all the ingredients for an unforgettable day out with kids.
Sail across from Fionnphort on Mull to Iona and spend a day exploring the historic abbey, spotting seals from the beach, and soaking up the serene atmosphere that characterises this remarkable little island.
Head to Calgary on the west coast of Mull and visit one of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches.
How to get to the Isle of Mull:
CalMac Ferry from Oban Harbour to Craignure on the Isle of Mull, journey time 46 minutes.
Oban is two hours, 16 minutes’ drive northwest of Glasgow on the A82;
or two hours, 50 minutes west of Edinburgh on the A85.