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Visitor Information - Mull and Oban

History and Heritage



Out and About:

Mull & Oban:  Accommodation

Oban is a large bustling town on the west coast and a major ferry terminal for many of the islands. On a hill overlooking the town is McCaig's tower, looking very much like a smaller version of Rome's Coliseum. Loch Awe is one of the largest inland lochs, while Loch Etive is a sea loch whose waters ebb and flow through the narrow Falls of Lora providing a spectacular sight in the process.

Offshore are a number of islands; some better-known than others. The largest is Mull. Off the coast of Mull is the very special Isle of Iona. Further west are Coll and Tiree who claim a sunshine record as good as any in the UK. Tiree's beaches are a mecca for windsurfers. Smaller, but no less interesting islands are dotted around the Firth of Lorn: Lismore, Kerrera, Seil, Scarba and Luing, to mention a few. Seil is linked to the mainland by the stylish and elegant Atlantic Bridge, but access to others is by ferry.

Oban Harbour

Historic Buildings and Castles:

Dunstaffanage Castle

Near Connel. The 13th century castle once harboured the Stone of Destiny

Torosay Castle

Torosay Castle

Near Craignure, Isle of Mull. Completed in 1858, the castle and gardens are open to the public.

Duart Castle

Guards the Firth of Lorn. Both Torosay Castle and Duart Castle can be reached using the Mull Railway to get from the ferry termianl at Craignure to Torosay and then taking the footpath to Duart Castle.

Iona Abbey

Iona Abbey

Birthplace of Christianity in Scotland, founded by St Columba.


Museums and Galleries:

Old Byre Heritage Centre

Near Dervaig, Isle of Mull. Explore the island's ancient heritge.

Columba Centre

Discover more about St Columba at this visitor centre.

Slate Islands Heritage Centre

Slate Islands, Belnahua

The Heritage Centre is located in the village of Ellenabeich in a former slate quarrier's cottage. The Easdale Island Folk Museum is also part of the slate quarrying heritage of the area.

Kilmartin House Museum

Kilmartin House is a world-class centre for archaeology and landscape interpretation which combines a Museum of Ancient Culture and a unique and vibrant visitor centre including intense audio-visual experience "The Valley of Ghosts".

Ross of Mull Historical Centre

The centre is situated in the village of Bunessan next to the village hall. It is a small unit housed inside a portacabin, but don't underestimate its importance by its accommodation. The people who run and man this facility are experts in local history.

An Tobar Arts Centre

An Tobar Arts Centre

Tobermory. An Tobar is the arts centre for the Scottish islands of Mull and Iona. We offer a full programme and facilties from March to December, including live music events, gallery exhibitions, cafe, shop and community activities.


Parks and Gardens:

Rare Breeds Park

Black Swans

Near Oban. The park covers thirty-five acres and is part of a working livestock farm.

Arduaine Gardens

Arduaine, Loch Melfort

Stunning coastal scenery around Loch Melfort provides the backdrop for these NTS gardens.

Kinlochlaich Garden Plant Centre

Kinlochlaich Garden Plant Centre

Like many gardens in the Highlands, the mild climate of the Gulf Stream allows many different plants to thrive and it has become one of the leading plant nurseries in Scotland.


Visitor Attractions:

Hollow Mountain Power Station

Ben Cruachan, near Dalmally. Hydro-electric power station built inside the mountain. Visitor centre and tours are available.

Seil Island


Cross the elegant arched Atlantic Bridge to visit the picturesque village of Ellenabeich on Seil Island.

Fingal's Cave

Fingal's Cave

Take a boat trip to Staffa and marvel at Fingal's Cave.


Take the short ferry across Cuan Sound to the Island of Luing. In the churchyard you will see testament to one who tried to carve his own epitaph before he died... but who clearly ran out of space...

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust


The Trust's Discovery Centre in Tobermory receives thousands of visitors each year.

Ardchattan Priory and Gardens

Seven miles NE of Oban, by Loch Etive. The gardens are set around the remains of a 13th century priory.

Bonawe Iron Furnace

Near Taynuilt. A fine example of a charcoal-fuelled iron furnace. Interpretive displays.

Mull Railway

Mull Railway

This is Scotland's original and only island passenger railway.

Mull Pottery

Quality handthrown/built ceramics made on site. View potters at their craft. Relax in the cafe, or browse the Gallery, which features leading Scottish craftspeople.

Scottish Sealife and Marine Sanctuary

seal pup

The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary is set amidst the pine trees on the shores of picturesque Loch Creran, near Oban.

Mull Little Theatre

Dervaig, Isle of Mull. Acclaimed professional theatre. Tremendously varied programme from one of the oldest touring theatre companies in Scotland; it is the only company in the area to have its own venue.

Wings over Mull

Visitor Centre

Torosay. Birds of Prey centre set in outstanding scenery. Aviaries housing hawks, falcons, kites, vultures, eagle and owls. Regular flying displays with trained birds. Indoor visitor centre.


Shopping & Eating Out:

Archibald Brown & Son

Browns Ironmongers

Tobermory. Old-fashioned ironmongers shop, Camping Gaz and leisure supplies, batteries for watches and cameras, mountain bike hire, fishing permits, also fine wines and malt whisky specialist.

Isle of Mull Cheese

Tobermory. Taste the award-winning Traditional Farmhouse Cheese and enjoy lunch or a cream tea in the spectacular "glass barn". There's also a farm shop.

Isle of Mull Silver & Goldsmiths

A huge selection of silver and gold jewellery. Silver quaichs bearing the Edinburgh Hallmark. Christening spoons, mirrors and candle holders.



MacGochans, beside Tobermory's picturesque harbour. Enjoy live music, friendly staff and atmosphere seven days a week, till late. Extensive menu, children's menu and barbecue.

The Coffee Pot

Salen, Isle of Mull. Restaurant open for teas, coffees and snacks during the day and also early evening meals.





Northern Light Charters. Explore Scotland's NW coast - Oban to St Kilda. Choice of cruise vessels. All boats depart Oban. Naturalist guides.

Activity Holidays

Shieling Holidays, Craignure, Isle of Mull. Canoeing, sailing, abseiling, archery and painting.


Gordon Grant Marine, Iona. Tours to Iona depart from Oban to Staffa to visit Fingal's Cave on fast modern ferries. Connect with these tours at Fionnphort or Iona.


Staffa Boat Trips, Iona.


Island Encounter Wildlife Safaris. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and fantastic wildlife with a guide of nine years experience conducting wildlife safaris on the Isle of Mull.


Landrover Wildlife Expeditions have blazed the trail in wildlife watching for over 20 years and others have followed our lead throughout Scotland. You are lead on the day by the island's leading Ornithologist, David Woodhouse.


Easdale Island

Sea.Fari operate boat trips to Slate Island, the Garvellachs and the Gulf of Corrievreckan, among others.


Turus Mara"Expeditions with a traditional flavour and a hint of adventure" are run daily from Mull and Oban by Turus Mara.


Argyll Sundowner

Argyll Sundowner. Do you want to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the West Coast of Scotland from the best possible vantage point? Argyll Sundowner is a luxurious flybridge cruiser which will cross oceans with ease, taking you from Oban to idyllic island destinations such as Colonsay and Iona in total safety and comfort.


Mull Magic Tours

Mull Magic invite you to experience the beautiful landscape, mountains, woodland and spectacular coastline on a guided walk or walking holiday on the Isles of Mull, Iona and Ulva, situated just off the west coast of Scotland.




Car Hire:

Flit Self Drive

tel: 01631 566553


Selected Accommodation in Mull and Oban


Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

Druimard Country House, Skye
Ardanaiseig Hotel, Taynuilt
Loch Melfort Hotel, Kilmelford
Pennyghael Hotel, Isle of Mull
Cuilfail Hotel, Kilmelford
Killoran Hotel, Dervaig, Mull
Taychreggan Hotel, Kilchrenan
Knipoch Hotel, Kilninver
Glenorchy Lodge Hotel
Galley of Lorne Hotel, Ardfern
Pierhouse Hotel, Port Apping
Oban Caledonian Hotel, Oban
Royal Hotel, Oban
Isle of Mull Hotel, Craignure
Tobermory Hotel, Mull
Bellachroy Hotel, Dervaig, Mull

Melfort House, Kilmelford
Sgeir Mhaol Guest House, Oban
Tigh an Achadh, Salen, Mull
Greystones, Oban
Taynuilt Guest House, Taynuilt

Lower Soroba Farmhouse, Oban
Roineabhal Country House, Kilchrenan, Taynuilt
Barn Cottage, Gruline, Mull
Shenavallie Farm, Benderloch
Cuin Lodge, Dervaig, Mull
Ardbeg House, Dervaig, Mull
Druimnacroish, Dervaig, Mull
Staffa House, Fionnphort, Mull
Whigmaleeries B&B, Garmony, Mull
Glenview, Dervaig, Mull
High Oatfield, Lochdon, Mull
Glenmore House B&B, Kilmelford

Self Catering



Bonawe House, Taynuilt
Knockan, Bunessan, Mull
Appin House, Appin
Ardara, Seil Island
Blarghour Farm Cottages, Lochaweside, Dalmally
Airdeny Chalets, Taynuilt
Tramway Cottages, Easdale, Seil Island
East Kames, Kilmelford
Pennyghael Cottages, Isle of Mull
Aird House, Ardfern
Lighthouse View, Isle of Tiree
Lagnakeil Cottages, Oban
Lagnakeil Lodges, Oban
Cuan House, Ardfern
15 Albany Apartments, Oban
Kings Arms Apartments, Oban
3 Albany Apartments, Oban
Dana Villa Apartments, Oban
Seaview Cottage, Salen, Mull
Avich Lodge, Kilmun, Kilmelford
Tunnag Cottage, Benderloch
Appin Holiday Homes, Appin
Achaleven Byre, Connel
Annabells Cottage, Connel
Back Brae Lodge, Tobermory, Mull
Deckhouse, Craobh Haven
Eastcroft Cottage, Mull
Calgary Farmhouse Apartments, Dervaig, Mull
Kinlochlaich House, Appin
Moorcroft Apartment, North Connel
Ardoran Chalets, Lerags, Oban
Aird Steading Cottage, Ardfern
Atlantic Bay Cottage, Seil
Deerside, Tobermory, Mull
Steadings Cottage, Tiroran, Mull
Argyll Mansions, Oban
Drimnin Cottage, Taynuilt
Bays and Bens, Taynuilt
Hideaway Lodges, Gruline, Mull
Springbank, Taynuilt
Strumhor, Connel, Oban




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