Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Introduction to Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Tobermory was built as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is now the main village on the island of Mull.

Tobermory is a pretty little village with brightly coloured houses fronting the main street that runs down to the pier. The name comes from Gaelic Tobar Mhoire – Mary’s Well – the water from which was said to have medical properties. Sadly, the Well has disappeared. The Mull Museum on the main street celebrates Mull’s history, with artefacts that include working implements used by local craftsmen.

Tobermory Distillery, the only one on Mull, was founded in 1798, but has been closed and reopened several times – the most recent reopening was in 1990. The buildings are those which were built when the Distillery first opened. It produces a malt and a blend, with the former known as Tobermory the Malt: the bottle has an enamelled label.

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Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, UK

DUART CASTLE

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the breathtaking countryside
  • Discover the picture perfect Duart Castle standing proudly upon a clifftop
  • Indulge in light refreshments at Duart Castle
Activity Tour
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Sit back and relax as you take in a scenic drive, offering spectacular views of the east coast of Mull; a fantastic way to admire the rugged beauty of the Inner Hebrides.

Your journey begins from the colourful little picture-postcard town of Tobermory, as you head south towards Duart Castle. Your scenic drive will take you through some breath taking countryside, as you skirt the east coast, with views across the Sound of Mull to the Morvern Peninsula. Soon you will arrive at Duart Castle, which dominates the surrounding area. It stands proudly guarding the island, overlooking the sea from its dramatic position – a truly spectacular sight.

Discover the castle with a self-guided tour to seek out the history, and stories of the Maclean family, who have lived there for so many centuries. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions. After your time at leisure, you will delight in some light refreshments which will be served in the castle’s tea room before you return to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at Duart Castle, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. During your visit of the castle there will be many steps, including a spiral staircase. Please note that photographs and filming are not permitted inside the castle.


Aros, Tobermory, Scotland

AROS PARK COASTAL WALK

  • Take in wonderful views over the sound of Mull and the Scottish mainland
  • Spend time appreciating the charming Aros Park
  • Enjoy access to the country's natural beauty
Activity Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 3 1/2 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

 

Admire an assortment of flora and fauna associated with coastal and forest environments during this pleasant guided walk.

 

Departing on foot from the harbour building in Tobermory, you will follow a path that leads you past the marina and climbs gently through woodland along the edge of Tobermory Bay. There are great views out to Calve Island (weather permitting). Follow the track to the old pier where timber was once shipped from the Aros Estate for building and repairs in the town. The view from the old pier to Tobermory is breathtaking and after a spot of bird watching you will continue to the woodland area of Aros Park, which consists of many varieties of shrub, fungi and trees. In places, the park has a temperate rainforest feel to it and many interesting ferns and grasses grow freely.

Next, you leave the park and travel back even further in time as you take in the Bronze Age Standing Stones at Baliscate, before descending down the hill into Tobermory and back to the quayside.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  This tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Although the walking is at a leisurely pace, approximately three and a half miles in total will be covered, over a path which may be uneven and muddy in places. Steep and uneven steps will also need to be negotiated. It is essential that you wear stout shoes or walking boots, and we recommend you bring a waterproof jacket in case of rain. Guests are advised to bring their own binoculars for the best bird viewing. We cannot guarantee what flora and fauna will be seen. A bottle of water may be a handy addition to your bag.

 


Tobermory Bay

COASTAL WALK

  • Admire the breathtaking vistas from Tobermory Bay
  • Seek out the attractive Lochan a Ghurrabain
  • Spend time appreciating the charming Aros Park
Activity Tour
Price£22.00 - £32.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Discover breathtaking views across Tobermory Bay to Calve Island and the cliffs of Morvern on the mainland during a coastal walking tour. During your walk, admire an assortment of flora and fauna associated with coastal and forest environments.

Departing on foot you will follow a path that leads you past the marina and climbs gently through woodland along the edge of Tobermory Bay. There are great views out to Calve Island (weather permitting ) and sometimes seals can be seen out on the skerries. Follow the track to the old pier where timber was once shipped from the Aros Estate for building and repair in the town. The view from the old pier to Tobermory is breathtaking and after a spot of bird watching at the pier you walk to Lochan a Ghurrabain. The woodland area of Aros Park consists of many varieties of shrub, fungi and trees. In places the park has a temperate rainforest feel to it and many interesting ferns and grasses grow freely. However, the most spectacular display is created by the large number of Rhododendron Ponticum.

Next, you leave the park and travel back even further in time to take in the Bronze Age Standing Stones at Baliscate before descending down the hill into Tobermory and back to the quayside.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  This tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Although the walking is at a leisurely pace, approximately six kilometres (four miles) in total will be covered, over a path which may be uneven and muddy in places. Steep and uneven steps will also need to be negotiated. It is essential that you wear stout shoes or walking boots, and we recommend you bring a waterproof jacket in case of rain. Guests are advised to bring their own binoculars for the best bird viewing. We can not guarantee what flora and fauna will be seen. A bottle of water may be a handy addition to your bag.


Tobermory Tour F

DUART CASTLE & SCENIC MULL

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the breathtaking countryside
  • Admire views across the Sound of Mull to the Morvern Peninsula
  • Discover the picture perfect Duart Castle standing proudly upon a clifftop
Activity Tour Gardening Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
Durationapproximately 3.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Sit back and relax as you take in a scenic drive offering spectacular views of the east coast of Mull; a fantastic way to admire the rugged beauty of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

Your journey begins from the colourful little picture-postcard town of Tobermory, as you head south towards Duart Castle. The drive is truly breathtaking, as you skirt the east coast with views across the Sound of Mull to the Morvern Peninsula. Soon you will arrive at Duart Castle, perched on a rocky promontory known as Dubh Ard - Gaelic for ‘Black Point’ – which dominates the surrounding area. It stands proudly guarding the island, overlooking the sea from its dramatic position – a truly spectacular sight. Discover the castle, which is full of history, and stories of the Maclean family, who have lived there for so many centuries.

One of the highlights during your visit will be the dark dungeons in which prisoners from the Spanish Galleon Florencian, blown up by the Macleans in 1588, were incarcerated. For those prepared to climb the ancient, worn steps, the turnpike staircase will take you to the top of the castle, where you will be invited to walk around the battlements. With views as far as Ben Nevis in the north and the Isle of Jura in the south, it is truly worth the climb.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at Duart Castle, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. During the guided tour around the castle many steps will be encountered, including a spiral staircase. It should be noted that you will spend up to one hour on the coach, which may not have air conditioning.


Iona Abbey, Tobermory, Scotland

IONA ABBEY & SCENIC MULL

 

  • Discover the picturesque Isle of Mull
  • Visit Iona – considered Scotland’s place of pilgrimage and spirituality
Activity Tour
Price£65.00-£75.00
DurationApproximately 7 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Combine the Isle of Mull with a visit to the small island of Iona for a true taste of the Scottish islands, and a glimpse into their history and religion.

 

Today’s tour takes you through the lovely scenery of the Isle of Mull to the small ferry port of Craignure.  Continue across to the south west corner of Mull, to the hamlet of Fionnphort. Here you will leave your tour coach and board the small ferry over to the idyllic island of Iona.

Upon arrival, a short walk from the pier in Iona will bring you to the magnificent 13th century Abbey, which is steeped in Christian history, and regarded as the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland after St Columba landed here in 563 AD. Enjoy a guided tour here to view the cloisters and graveyard before enjoying time at leisure to explore the abbey further, before browsing the lovely little shops and cafes in the village.

At the end of your tour, take the ferry back to Fionnphort, before re-boarding your coach for the return journey though Mull back to Tobermory. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and there will be steps to negotiate throughout. The walking will be over paved and uneven surfaces, and will be slightly hilly, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will be exposed to the elements so please come dressed according to the weather conditions on the day. Please note that there may be a short service in the abbey’s church which guests are welcome to join, however please do not enter the church if the service is already in progress. Please note that lunch will be a packed lunch from the ship.


Ben More, Tobermory, Scotland

PANORAMIC MULL

  • Discover the pretty village of Dervaig
  • Admire the gently undulating Scottish countryside
  • Take in the scenery from the comfort of your coach
Activity Tour
Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 2.45 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Enjoy a panoramic tour of some of Scotland’s most iconic countryside as you travel to the beautiful, rugged west coast of Mull.

Travelling through the winding country lanes, this delightful scenic route offers an overview of the island’s contrasting land and seascapes. Reaching an elevated position, you will pause for photographs of the pretty village of Dervaig where you can admire this typical village sitting alongside Loch Chumhainn, which boasts a unique conical church spire.

Carrying on along the Scottish coastal route, you will pass by attractive hamlets and white sandy beaches; you may even recognise some of them from the television programmes Coast and Springwatch. You will also catch glimpse of the islands of Coll and Tiree in the distance. Next, you will stop at the white sandy beach of Calgary - the haunting ruined settlements, Iron Age forts and the amazing white shell sand beach make this one of the most photographed places on the Isle of Mull. Enjoy free time to wander the beach or explore the nearby woodland trail before returning to Tobermory on a southerly route via Achnacraig.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This panoramic coach tour involves a small amount of optional walking at Dervaig and Calgary where the beach is approximately 150 metres (490 feet) from where the coach stops. This tour is considered suitable for most guests, so long as they are able to board the coach unaided. It should be noted that you will spend up to one and three quarter hours on the coach.


Common Dolphins, Tobermory, Scotland

SEA LIFE ADVENTURE

  • This is a great opportunity to view some of Scotland’s most interesting wildlife
  • Keep your eyes peeled for magical minke whales and basking sharks
  • Have your binoculars at the ready 
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

 

This boat tour is ideal for nature lovers, as it will showcase the fascinating and beautiful scenery and wildlife within the waters of the Sound of Mull.  

 

Heading out by boat into the Sound of Mull, with your local sea life crew, you will go in search of the local wildlife that lives in and around the inlet. The rich waters of Mull provide a perfect habitat for minke whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise, basking sharks, seals and numerous seabirds as well as golden eagles. After two hours on the water, you return to Tobermory.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour has limited capacity; and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We understand that this tour may be one of the highlights of your cruise, but please appreciate that once the capacity has been reached it will be very difficult for us to secure further departures – your understanding with this matter will be greatly appreciated. The boat used will be boarded by gangplank and will be partially covered. You are advised to wear layers of clothing that you can remove if necessary, as even on a bright day it can be cool on the open water. A rainproof jacket would be advisable. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. Please note that this tour may be cancelled at very short notice due to weather or sea conditions. There will be refreshments provided on-board the sea life vessel.


Razorbill

SEA LIFE BOAT TRIP

  • Have your binoculars at the ready to ensure you spot elusive Scottish wildlife
  • Keep your eyes peeled for magical minke whales and basking sharks
  • Enjoy two hours on the open waters of the Sound of Mull
Boat Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

For nature lovers this is a great opportunity to visit the Sound of Mull and view some of Scotland’s most interesting wildlife!

By boat head out into the Sound of Mull with your local Sea Life Survey crew, as you go in search of the local wildlife that live in and around the waters. There is the chance of spotting minke whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise, basking sharks, seals and numerous seabirds as well as golden eagles. After two hours on the open water, you return to Tobermory.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour has limited capacity; and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We understand that this tour may be one of the highlights of your cruise, but please appreciate that once the capacity has been reached it will be very difficult for us to secure further departures – your understanding with this matter will be greatly appreciated. There is a walk of approximately 200 metres (656 feet) from your ship to reach the boat on the quayside. The boat used will be boarded by gangplank and will be partially covered. You are advised to wear layers of clothing that you can remove if necessary, as even on a bright day it can be cool on the open water. A rainproof jacket would be advisable. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. Please note that this tour may be cancelled at very short notice due to weather or sea conditions.


Fionnphort, Isle of Mull

THE ISLES OF MULL & IONA

  • Admire the picturesque isles of Mull and Iona
  • Appreciate the beautiful Scottish landscape
  • Discover unspoiled landscapes, pristine beaches and a wildlife extravaganza
Activity Tour
Price£62.00 - £72.00
DurationApproximately 7 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included

Combine the Isle of Mull and the small island of Iona for a true taste of the Scottish islands and a glimpse into their history and religion.

Enjoy a scenic journey south to Salen and Craignure before taking the scenic southern route, with spectacular views of the rugged island scenery on the way to Fionnphort. Here you will board a foot ferry to enjoy the short journey across to the tiny Isle of Iona.

Iona has been the cradle of Scottish Christianity since St Columba landed here in 563 AD. At just three miles long and never more than one and a half miles wide, Iona is a thin cut of land steeped in history and religion. The present Abbey dates from medieval times and is open all year round to pilgrims who come from all over the world. After a guided walk around the Island, enjoy time to explore further at leisure before you stop for lunch.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking on Iona and there will be steps to negotiate. The walking will be over paved and uneven surfaces, and will be slightly hilly. It is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will be exposed to the elements so please come dressed according to the weather conditions on the day. You will spend up to 90 minutes on Iona, depending on the ferry times. Please note that admission to the Abbey is not included. The coach journey will be approximately two hours each way – and there may not be air conditioning. A packed lunch will be provided by the ship.


Tobermory, Scotland

TOBERMORY TOWN & WHISKY WALK

  • Uncover the pretty town of Tobermory
  • Capture the fascinating multi-coloured harbour on camera
  • Visit the only distillery on the Isle of Mull - one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland
Activity Tour
Price£25.00-£35.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Take in the highlights of this charming colourful town and learn about Scotland’s oldest distillery.

Arriving at the harbour of Tobermory, you will first notice and admire the multi-coloured rows of sea front houses, giving it a most attractive appearance. Your guide will share aspects of history, ancient and modern, as you walk along the sea front. A stop will be made to visit the delightful Mull Museum with its compact history of the town and the island.  

You will next head to Tobermory Whisky Distillery where a tour and tasting will be enjoyed. The distillery is unique due to its idyllic location, and also because it produces two very different single malts - one fruity and unpeated and the other more robust and smoky. Learn more about the processes involved before tasting two drams at the end of the tour. Those of you who wish to can remain in Tobermory to explore further on your own, or alternatively return to the tender quay with your guide.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that Tobermory, and the distillery, can be visited independently, but this tour is suitable for those interested in the history of the town and is accompanied by a qualified guide. The whole duration will be on foot, therefore this tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Approximately one mile will be covered during the walking element, which will be at a leisurely pace. Guests wishing to remain in town at the end of this tour are responsible for making their own way back to the ship in time for sailing. 

 


Dervaig

WESTERN MULL PANORAMIC

  • Discover the charming village of Dervaig
  • Follow the beautiful coastal route
  • Admire the scenery from the comfort of your coach
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£38.00 - £48.00
DurationApproximately 2.75 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Admire the gently undulating Scottish countryside, which provides some of the most beguiling scenery on the island on this panoramic coach tour of Western Mull.

Heading west out of Tobermory along a winding road, you reach the village of Dervaig, which nestles beside narrow Loch Chumhainn. Recognised by its unusual conical church spire and single street of dinky whitewashed cottages and old corrugated iron shacks, you will stop above Dervaig, which makes for a wonderful photo stop. Carrying on along the beautifully scenic coastal route, pass through tiny hamlets and past sandy beaches overlooking the sea, with views out to the islands of Coll and Tiree. Stop at the white sandy beach of Calgary for photos before returning to Dervaig and taking an alternative route across the island, via Achnacraig.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This panoramic coach tour involves a small amount of optional walking at Dervaig and Calgary. At Calgary the beach is approximately 150 metres (490 feet) from where the coach parks. This tour is considered suitable for all guests as long as they are able to board the coach unaided. It should be noted that you will spend up to one and three quarter hours on the coach, which may not have air conditioning.


Tobermory, Wildlife Tour

WILDLIFE OF MULL

  • A wonderful opportunity to see the wildlife on Mull
  • Join an expert to learn all about the local natural habitants
Price£90.00-£110.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Join your expert local guide who specialises in the wildlife of Mull and learn all about the areas natural environment. 

Travelling as part of a small group you have no set route as the wildlife hotspots are dictated by the conditions on the day.  Your knowledgeable guide, who specialises in taking bespoke tours for smaller groups and provide unrivalled experiences for those wanting to see amazing wildlife and scenery, will track down as much wildlife as possible during this tour.  Mull’s “Big Three” are the golden eagle, white tailed sea eagle and the Otter so your guide will be particularly keen to help you spot these.  You may also see Peregrine falcons and perhaps Seals and deer!

A lunch snack and afternoon tea will be provided for you during your adventure.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is an exclusive tour operating in a small mini bus. The walking involved will depend on the stops made for spotting wildlife, so walking is at the discretion of the individual. Unfortunately the mini bus is not accessible for wheelchair users. Binoculars & field maps are provided. Please feel free to bring your own binoculars, if you have them, as familiarity with your own is helpful.

 


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