isle of mull

scotland 2015 part iv | mull

This the fourth post in a series about my recent trip to Scotland. You can also read my previous posts: 
Part I: Edinburgh  //  Part II: Glasgow  //  Part III: Oban

While planning our trip to Scotland, I knew I wanted to visit at least one island. Since there are well over 100 islands in the Hebrides (the archipelago off the west coast of mainland Scotland) I wasn't at all sure where to begin. Serendipitously, I came across this cute quiz on Visit Scotland's facebook page, Which Scottish Island Are You? and was informed that I was the Isle of Mull, the second largest island in the inner Hebrides. After doing some quick research, I realized it was one of the more easily accessible islands, and known for its beautiful beaches and bays. I had originally hoped we could do some island-hopping (I had my heart set on Islay, Jura and Colonsay) but once I learned how expensive it is to travel by ferry with a rental car in tow, our budget would only allow for one adventure by boat. By choosing to visit Mull, we could travel there directly from Oban in a short 45-minute sailing, spend the afternoon exploring the island, and spend the night in its tiny but charming main town, Tobermory.

So we hopped on the ferry and began our little journey to Mull. 

After driving around a little bit, we arrived in Tobermory and booked a tour of the whisky distillery of the same name. This tour was much smaller and more intimate than the one at Oban, and I just loved it. They were also very generous with their pours from both the Tobermory 10 and Ledaig bottles. 

We decided it would be fun to drive around the full island. It took a few hours, with a few stops along the way, and it was glorious. It was our first experience driving on single-track roads, but we passed so few cars on the route, that it felt like we had many parts of the island to ourselves.

That night, we had dinner at Cafe Fish —a fish pie— which was insanely delicious. Our time on Mull was brief but so very memorable. The next morning, we would be off to Ballachulish and Glencoe, which will comprise my next post!