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The Isle of Mull is situated off the West Coast of Scotland and lies in the Inner Hebrides group of islands.  Getting to Mull is by one of three choices;  from Oban there are frequent two hourly sailings during the summer months.  You can also travel via Glen Coe, Ardgour and Lochaline where the ferry crossing is much shorter but equally enjoyable.  Finally you could travel by light aircraft and land at the small airstrip at Glenforsa.  For travel purposes, the Isle of Mull is part of the Strathclyde Region and because of  its size and distinctive character, the Isle of Mull has its own travel and transport guide produced by the local council.

When travelling by boat, the panoramic views whilst sailing up the Sound of Mull are absolutely breathtaking and you shouldnít miss the opportunity of capturing some of these scenic views on camera.  The clear waters around this Island are well known for their abundance of cetaceans. On the land, there are many ancient names connected with the Western Islands of Scotland with the Isle of Mull boasting Maclean and Beaton.

The island has many tiny waterside hamlets which have only have just a few shops such a Bunessan, whilst others, such as Tobermory are busy tourist havens made famous via TV and the childrenís programme Balamory. The habitats of the Isle of Mull are varied from mountains and moorlands to sea lochs and hill lochans, damp boggy marshes and some lovely white sandy beaches. There is an abundance of wildlife on Mull, the most notable being the Golden and Sea Eagles which has lead to Mull being named Eagle Island, with its own Ranger service that conducts viewing sessions for visitors by Loch Frisa.  Not to be outdone by the eagles, the waters surrounding this beautiful Island are frequented by many species of whales, dolphins and other species and a must for visitors is to go on one of them many sea life adventures that are operated from Tobermory, Iona and Fionnphort.

The Isle of Iona and its Abbey are steeped in religious history it is run by Historic Scotland and is open all year. Guided tours run regularly and are included in the admission charge however the shop is closed 25th and 26th December and 1st and 2nd January.  The Isle of Staffa is however famous for a totally different reason, Staffa with itís  Fingal's Cave was formed by Tertiary basalt lava flows which originally cooled forming hexagonal columns forming a cave which goes back over 200 feet into the rock, the ceiling of the cave being about 70 feet above the sea.  The 19th century German composer Felix Mendelssohn was inspired by this island to such an extent that his music composition of the Hebrides Overture gives testimony to it to this day.

For those planning to visit the Isle of Mull will be please to know that this beautiful place is well serviced by bed and breakfast, self catering and hotel accommodation.  I has also a number of campsites and hostels for those who enjoy holidays of that nature.  The most important thing to do if you are intending to visit is to plan your holiday well, there is so much to see and do on The Isle of Mull that you may go home having missed some of the most breathtaking scenery and wildlife by lack of careful planning.

Enjoy the Isle of Mull, like I have done for many a year

 

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