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Introduction

The Isle of Mull, or just Mull, is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides. It is difficult to describe Mull's shape, so have a look at a map! The long peninsula stretching roughly west-south-west nearest the mainland coast south of Oban is the Ross of Mull and leads to Fionnphort, where the Iona ferry makes its short journey. The other road from Craignure goes roughly north-west to the island capital, Tobermory.

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Cities

  • Tobermory - the island capital with bright houses of different colours near the quay.
  • Craignure - port for the main ferry from Oban.
  • Salen
  • Fishnish
  • Calgary
  • Dervaig
  • Bunessan
  • Fionnphort
  • Lochbuie[/b]

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Smaller neighbour islands

  • Iona - This tiny island is well known for its early Christianity when Columba brought the Celtic Church fom Ireland before Augustine introduced the Roman faith in southern England. Every day the tourist coaches pour into Fionnphort - cars are not allowed on Iona without a permit. To see the island in peace it is necessary to go very early in the day or stay at night.
  • Ulva
  • Staffa - the island containing Fingal's cave, the subject of music by Mendellsohn.
  • Treshnish Islands - noted for their beauty and their bird life.

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Sights and Activities

Mull is particularly well known for its wild life, otters, sea eagles and golden eagles being common sights. It is also one of the last resorts of the corncrake in the United Kingdom and hen harriers are more common here than in most places.

Lovers of beaches will find some superb offerings here; Calgary being the best known but with Archiavaig and Ardalanish (both south of Bunessan) being worthy rivals. There is much fine coastal scenery from Lochbuie to Carsaig Arches

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Getting There

By Boat

Ferry links to Mull from the mainland include Oban to Craignure (about 45 minutes), Kilchoan to Tobermory (about 35 minutes) and Lochaline to Fishnish (about 15 minutes). There are ferry links from Fionnphort on Mull to the neighbouring island of Iona and from Oskamull to Ulva.

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