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Where is Mull
The Isle of Mull and the neighbouring island of Iona lie just off the west coast of Scotland, in the United Kingdom.
From Oban, on the mainland, where many visitors arrive on their way to Mull and Iona, the seaward view is dominated by the rocky peaks and green slopes of the Mull mountains.
Whats on Mull
Mull and Iona are silent, lonely islands of rushing, tumbling burns, high peaks, dramatic views, waterfalls, wildlife, history and atmosphere.
According to your interests, the islands of Mull and Iona can be a wilderness awaiting discovery, a sporting paradise, a haven of peace and relaxation or simply a charming and beautiful centre for a Highland holiday away from the cares and pressures of modern life.
Tobermory is the main town on the island and is well known because of its multi coloured shops and houses on the waterfront. It is the starting point for many wildlife trips and has many good shops, restaurants and hotels.
Iona lies just off the southern tip of the Ross of Mull and is well known for its historic Abbey. Iona has accommodation, shops, and some restaurants. Wildlife and beaches are two other main attractions.
The highest of Mull's hills, and the only "Munro" (a peak that is over 3000 feet/915 m), Ben More is a prominent feature of many views on the island. The name is Gaelic for "big hill".
It can be climbed relatively easily, from the north at Dhiseig on the southern shore of Loch na Keal, or from the south, starting near the eastern end of Loch Scridain.
Unlike many mountains, the climb begins at sea level, so by the time you reach the summit you have climbed every foot or metre of its height! The effort is rewarded on a clear day by the most wonderful views across the island, in the east to Ben Nevis on the mainland, and many of the other Hebridean islands to south, west and north.
Although a hill walk, rather than a challenging climb, the weather can be changeable, and a compass will be unreliable due to the magnetic rock that forms much of the summit. Wear strong footwear and take warm and waterproof clothing.
About 5 or 6 hours should be enough for the climb and descent without having to rush.
Staffa means "Pillar Island", which only begins to describe the breathtaking formations of columnar basalt. It is an island of caves, of which the best known is Fingal's Cave, a full 227 ft (69 m) deep and 66 ft (20 m) high.
One name for Staffa meant "melodious Cave" in deference to the echoing waves and the sound of the gulls. Most visitors will know Mendelssohn's overture Fingal's Cave, also known as The Hebrides, which he composed in 1829 after a visit to the island. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert landed on Staffa in 1847, the queen recording the visit in her diary. Other visitors include Sir Walter Scott, Keats, Wordsworth and the artist Turner, who in 1832 exhibited his Staffa: Fingal's Cave at the Royal Academy. It was sold to a buyer in the United States.
Several operators run boat trips from Mull or Iona during the summer season and in favourable weather landing is possible. These days, of course, you are taken there in a rather more up-to-date craft that the one shown in our picture, which is taken from a postcard published early in the 20th century.
The Treshnish Isles lies about 3 miles (5 km) from the nearest point on Mull and is much less well known than neighbouring Staffa. The main islands in the group are Lunga, Fladda, Bac Mór, which is also known as the Dutchman's Cap, Cairn na Burgh More and Cairn na Burgh Beg. There are also numerous small islands in the group. The Treshnish Isles are now uninhabited and form a sanctuary for birds and grey seals.