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The Isle of Mull is the second largest of the Hebrides, lying just off the west coast of Scotland more or less half-way up. It is an island of peninsulas which give it a long and varied coastline offering the visitor endless days of exploration and discovery. The economy is a healthy mix of farming, fishing, and tourism giving the visitor with a view of genuine island life while providing lots of interesting recreations.The mountains which stretch across the middle of the island rise to over 900m and are well-loved by hill walkers such is the variety of routes and views to be enjoyed.
From Oban, on the mainland, where many visitors arrive on their way to the islands, the seaward view is dominated by the rocky peaks and green slopes of the Mull mountains.
According to your interests, the islands 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.
With a population of just under 3000 on an island fifty miles from North to South, Mull is one of the largest Hebridean islands, but like them all, sparsely populated. The main population centre is Tobermory, where nearly 1,000 people live and work.
Mull has been used as a location in a number of feature films over the years. These include Entrapment, Highlander: Endgame, Eye of the Needle, I Know Where I'm Going, Kidnapped and When Eight Bells Toll. Travelling through eastern Mull to the Lochaline to Fishnish ferry link may lead you through some of the scenes featured in the Harry Potter films.
The BBC children's TV series Balamory features the town of Tobermory on the island.
The village of Dervaig on Mull was home between 1966 and 2006 to the Mull Little Theatre, which was the "Smallest Professional Theatre in the World" according to the Guinness World Records. Having started at the "Little Theatre", Mull Theatre is a professional theatre company, funded by the Scottish Arts Council, which commissions new plays, tours throughout Scotland and beyond and runs an education and outreach programme. It is based in a new (2008) theatre production centre at Druimfin near Tobermory. The National Theatre of Scotland will be in residence at Mull Theatre 6-18 April 2009.
Wildlife film-maker Simon King went on location to Mull for the first week of Springwatch with Bill Oddie, where he observed a resident family of white-tailed eagles a male and female named Skye and Frisa respectively, and their two chicks, Itchy and Scratchy. Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan recently returned to his native Mull to film a year in the life of the wildlife. First broadcast in 2005 for the Natural World series, Eagle Island focuses on sea eagles, golden eagles, otters, basking sharks and the cetaceans found off the coast.
The singer song writer Colin MacIntyre famously once used the name Mull Historical Society as a pseudonym. Born on the island he took the name from the actual Historical Society who have since changed their name to Mull Historical and Archaeological Society.
Mull is also currently serving as the location for The Sea Change, which began filming towards the end of 2008.
The island is home to over 250 different bird species including the White-tailed Eagle, which was reintroduced in the nearby Island of Rým and migrated to Mull, where it now has a stronghold. Minke whales, porpoises and dolphins are among the sea life that can be seen on boat tours from Mull.
The Tour of Mull is a closed road rally event held on the island every October by the 2300 Club. While some well off competitors benefit from superior cars, the locals benefit from their knowledge of the roads and thus anyone can win. "The Best Rally In The World" is the title of a book written by the founder of the event Brian Molyneux. Previously sponsored by Philips, it has been sponsored since 2005 by Tunnock's, the biscuit manufacturer.
There are several shipwrecks around the shores which offer scuba diving.