Boasting spectacular wildlife and scenery, as well as outstanding seafood and amazing castles, Mull is truly up there with some of the world’s finest tourist destinations. So much so, that Lonely Planet has listed ‘going wild on Mull’ in its guide to 40 amazing experiences in Europe.
Referred to as ‘Eagle Island’ by some, the Isle of Mull is the best place in the area to see white-tailed and golden eagles. Mull boasts some of the best sea life tours anywhere and is one of the best places in Europe to spot whales.
Known as the cradle of Christianity in Scotland, Iona is a magical isle. From the founding of an abbey by St Columba in the 6th century to the final resting place of kings to its current reputation as a leader in fair trade and ecotourism, this tiny emerald island off the western shore of Mull captures the hearts and spirits of those who make the pilgrimage.
Visitors can take a short foot passenger ferry to tour the abbey and graveyard and view the fascinating collection of carved crosses and stones, which, along with reproductions of illuminated manuscripts, are thoughtfully displayed and interpreted throughout the church and the grounds.
Lying six miles west of Mull, Staffa is formed of basalt rock in hexagonal columns that were created millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions and a vast blanket of lava that spread into the Atlantic Ocean.
Years of waves crashing against these columns created the magnificent Fingal’s Cave, which inspired Felix Mendelssohn to write his famous overture The Hebrides. Famous visitors have included Queen Victoria, Robert Louis Stevenson and John Keats; who all fell under the island’s spell. The island came into the care of the National Trust for Scotland in 1986 and was designated a National Nature Reserve in 2001.