The second largest island of the Inner Hebrides is the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland. With beautiful beaches and attractions, an interesting historical background and not to mention the famous golf courses, it is a pleasant place to spend some leisurely time and the Isle of Mull can most definitely fulfil many fantasies of Scotland’s island life. Its neighbouring island, Iona, lies west of the Isle of Mull and the two are connected by a short five minute ferry journey that runs frequently for foot passengers. The peacefulness and tranquillity of Iona is often the highlight of a trip to Mull.
If the main purpose of your holiday is to get away from the hectic nature of everyday life, then what better way to do this than exploring the Isle of Mull and taking a detour across to Iona. As you read on, you’ll find out why the two islands are so popular for a quiet getaway with some golf and activity on offer at the same time. While the quiet nature of the island is somewhat appealing, there is enough to keep the more active personalities amused.
With a car, you will be able to drive round the island and stop to enjoy any area as you please. Buses run reasonably frequently round the island but there is the restriction of set routes and times. A useful alternative to driving is the tours that are prepared for visitors. These often take the group to Iona and some of the other small surrounding islands and are guided by a knowledgeable leader.
So having a car on the island will let you explore so much more and you will be well advised that this is the best way to get around. The designated driver should be aware of the single track roads that they will encounter on the trip. The roads can be daunting for some tourists, but most islanders will be considerate of how difficult it is for visitors and also their desire to take in the views during the journey. Luckily the island is big enough that it is very rare that you will bump into oncoming traffic.
Tobermory, the main town on the isle of Mull is an interesting and popular visiting spot. Originally created as a fishing port in the late 18th century, the small town has the look and feel of a typical close community village while the famous colourful houses along the harbour add a fun feeling to the town’s scenery. These colourful houses are, of course, home to the famous children’s television programme, Balamory. The town possesses one of Mull’s beautiful golf courses - a challenging 9 hole course set on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the bay. The only regret you will experience at the end of your round is the feeling of disappointment, wishing you could play more than 9 holes. And perhaps the feeling of frustration after realising that the course is impossible to par… quite literally. It has never been done by anyone yet! So the aspiration to be the first is a good enough reason to take the trip.
Craignure is the other course on the Isle of Mull. Its seaside location gives the course a very distinct atmosphere. World class coastal views and some features of real links golf give this course its popular status. Remember your camera because this is likely to be one of the most picturesque courses you will play.
Alongside the allure of golfing on the island, Mull is renowned for many other attractions. It is one of the best destinations for wildlife observation in the UK and has the largest eagle population in the country. There is plenty of nature to be seen on the land and in the waters, including killer whales and basking sharks. These can be spotted near the shore at the end of summer, as well as the collection of different birds of prey that tend to inhabit the island. The guided wildlife tours are perfect for making sure that you see everything.
On top of all this, you can enjoy walks along the 300 miles of coastline. If walking and climbing is your scene there is the option to climb Ben More, the highest mountain on the island. The view from the top is quite simply astonishing! Coming back again to the isle of Iona and to golfing – this island’s course is a short 15 minute walk from the pier. This 18 hole course is free to play and is maintained by the community. Golfers are not the only occupants of the course. Other popular inhabitants include sheep and cattle, so hitting carefully is always advised. The fact that no visitor cars are allowed on the island tells you so much about its character – a quiet, idyllic and pleasant place to spend a couple of days away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And if you’re fortunate enough to get the nice weather while you’re there then you simply couldn’t ask for more out of a trip.