You'll always receive a welcome to remember, as the colourful cafes, houses and shops that line Tobermory's picturesque harbour salute your arrival. Located on the craggy Scottish Inner Hebrides, Tobermory serves as the capital of the Isle of Mull. There's a high chance you'll recognise the town’s colourfully-daubed buildings, as their charming exteriors have featured in countless TV shows - most notably in the children’s favourite, Balamory. View more
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The walk commences from the Harbour Building in Tobermory. The harbour is a vibrant hub of fishing vessels and yachts throughout the year, giving it a most attractive appearance.
The path leads off from the end of the marina and climbs gently through the woodland along the side of Tobermory Bay. There are fabulous views out to Calve Island, the Sound of Mull and the Scottish mainland beyond.
Follow the track to the old pier where timber was once shipped from the Aros Estate for building and repair in the town and learn about the Allan shipping family who gave the park to the people of Tobermory. Looking back from the old pier to Tobermory offers a breathtaking view of this picturesque and iconic Hebridean village.
The woodland area consists of many varieties of wildflowers, ferns, mosses, lichens, fungi and trees, promoting the atmosphere of a Celtic rainforest. A selection of songbirds breeds in the park, adding sound to the colours and textures of spring and summer. A spectacular display is created in May/June by the large number of Rhododendrons that were planted by the estate in the past.
Leaving the confines of Aros Park, stop briefly at the 'Welcome to Tobermory' sign that greets road users to the village for an impromptu Gaelic lesson. The road verges are full of wildflowers and pollinating insects during the early summer months. Several species of orchid can be a particularly eye-catching feature at this time.
If time allows, take a short detour to the Standing Stones at Baliscate, a Bronze Age location of particular significance in the pre-history of the Isle of Mull. Here, explore and speculate as to the origin and importance of such megalithic structures, as well as providing an overview into 60 million years of natural history and 8,000 years of social history on the island.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3.75 miles (about 6 kilometres), at times over gravel surfaces and inclines. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable sportswear in layers with sturdy, flat, and closed-toe walking or hiking shoesand a weatherproof jacket from the ship. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition and experienced hikers.
Discover the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland during this wonderful, full-day excursion to the historic island of Iona.
Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Craignure and Fionnphort
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 2.5-hour drive to Fionnphort. En route, pass through the lovely scenery of the Isle of Mull to the small ferry port of Craignure, then continue across the south end and south-west corner of Mull before reaching the hamlet of Fionnphort.
Ferry-Ride and Iona Island, Abbey and Monastic Buildings
Upon arrival in Fionnphort, embark a ferry for the short ride to the idyllic island of Iona, one of the most important religious centres in Western Europe. Iona is steeped in Christian history, and regarded as the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland with the arrival of St. Columba in 563 A.D. and the founding of Iona Abbey. Over a century ago, the Abbey and monastic buildings were restored and, in 1938, the Iona Community was founded to continue the tradition of worship in the Abbey through daily services and teaching. To this day, Iona remains a place of pilgrimage and spirituality.
Iona Abbey Tour, Medieval Stones and Crosses, Lunch and Free Time in Iona Village
Upon arrival at Iona Abbey, take a guided walking tour. Along the way, see the cloisters, graveyard (burial site of numerous early Scottish, Irish and French kings) as well as an impressive collection of over 180 medieval carved stones and crosses. Following your guided tour, ample free time is made available to soak up the atmosphere of the Abbey, and explore the village's lovely little shops and cafes. At the conclusion of your visit, embark the ferry for the short ride back to Fionnphort, then re-board your coach and commence the approximately 2.5-hour drive back to the pier via Mull.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of driving for approximately five hours and a moderate amount of walking for approximately 765 yards (about 700 metres), at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at Iona Abbey. Walking in Iona Village is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoesand a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Photography is not permitted inside the Abbey whilst services are being conducted.A lunch box from the ship is included.
Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.
Explore the historical legacy of the Clan Maclean during this picturesque, half-day excursion to Mull's magnificent Duart Castle.
Tobermory, Coastal Drive and Duart Castle
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive along Mull's beautiful coastline, and a visit to the magnificent Duart Castle. Perched proudly on a clifftop guarding the Sound of Mull, Duart Castle enjoys one of the most spectacular positions on the west coast of Scotland. In 1911, Sir Fitzroy Maclean repurchased and restored the castle, which is now occupied by Sir Lachlan Maclean, 28th chief of the Clan Maclean. Subject to availability, Sir Lachlan Maclean welcomes you to his fabulous, 400-year-old castle and home, which is the clan seat.
Castle Tour, Ancient Keep, Dungeons, Historical Exhibits, Tea Room, and Refreshments
Enjoy a tour of the castle at your leisure with your guide on hand to answer any questions. During your tour, stroll through the ancient keep, visit the dungeons, and explore numerous historical exhibits and displays depicting the clan's history through the ages. Following your tour, proceed to the castle's Tea Room for coffee or tea served with Scottish shortbread or cake. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over grassy surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and steps and spiral staircases at Duart Castle. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Photography and videography is strictly prohibited inside Duart Castle. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.
Enjoy a panoramic tour of some of Scotland's most iconic countryside as you traverse the ruggedly beautiful coast of Mull. Touring through winding country lanes, this delightful scenic route offers an overview of the island's contrasting land and seascapes.
Your excursion will take you south from Tobermory along the coastal road which provides extensive views of the beautiful coastline and across the Sound of Mull to the mountains of Morvern. The road is narrow and on several stretches is single-track as it passes through agricultural areas with their small neat farms and grazing cattle. A short comfort stop is made in Craignure, an important ferry port connecting the Isle of Mull with Oban on Scotland's mainland.
Continue across the island through the spectacular Glen More with breath-taking views of this beautiful glen and Mull's highest mountain, and only munro - Ben More. Continue towards the Kinloch crossroad, from here, the road becomes very narrow. On a clear day, enjoy views overlooking Mull's neighbouring islands and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you make your way up to Salen where another short stop is made.
Once back on the coach, it is only a short transfer back to Tobermory and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour involves very little walking, all of which is at guests' discretion at the photo stops. The majority of the time is spent on the coach. Restroom facilities are extremely limited. There are facilities available before boarding the coach in Tobermory which requires coinage. The duration of the tour can be shorter/longer depending on the amount of holiday traffic on the island. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket from the ship.Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.
Explore the local history, landmarks and spirits of Tobermory on-foot during a scenic sightseeing excursion around this charming harbour-front.
Tobermory Harbour, Fishing Vessels and Multi-Coloured Houses
Depart the pier for a scenic, guided walking tour along Tobermory Harbour, a vibrant hub of fishing vessels and yachts throughout the year. Along the way, admire the rows of pretty, multi-coloured houses lining the seafront. This charming location led to Tobermory's selection as the setting for the award-winning children's television programme, Balamory. The theme of the programme was based around what happens in-and--around each coloured house.
Seafront Stroll and Mull Museum
As your stroll continues along the seafront, your guide shares interesting aspects of local history, both ancient and modern. A stop is made at the delightful Mull Museum, with its compact history of the town and Isle of Mull. Leaving Mull Museum, walk to Tobermory Whisky Distillery.
Tobermory Whisky Distillery Tour and Tasting
Established in 1798, Tobermory Whisky Distillery is the only distillery on Mull and one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. It is unique, not just because of its idyllic location, but because it produces two different, yet equally-alluring single malts; the fruity Tobermory, and more robust and smoky Ledaig. During your guided tour of the distillery, learn about the brewing processes, then proceed for a tasting of two drams, a 10-year-old Tobermory and 10-year-old Ledaig. Following your tour and tasting, return to the pier on-foot.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately one mile (about 1.6 kilometres). This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least 18 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages.