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Tobermory is Wonderful
If you can brave the narrow roads for 8 miles or so to drive (or cycle) from Tobermory to Dervaig, you can visit the Old Byre Heritage Centre.Downstairs is a tea-room and shop, with a children's play area outside. The children's play area in the barn is painted with a representation of Tobermory harbour. We can recommend the cloutie dumpling, but...more
Duart Castle is not in Tobermory, but close to the ferry terminal in Craignure - you get a wonderful view of it from the ferry. Unlike nearby Torosay Castle, this one is a genuine medieval castle, but it was restored in 1912 by Sir Fitzroy Maclean, chief of the Clan Maclean. The keep was built in the fourteenth century.Among the rooms open to...more
Aros, on the narrow neck of Mull, was once the most importance place on the island of Mull and the administrative centre. The castle, which dates from the 13th century, was probably built by the MacDougalls of Lorn. For 230 years from the defeat of King Haakon of Norway at the battle of Largs in 1263 the Western Isles and seaboard formed a...more
This is not actually in Tobermory, but it's only about 40 minutes away by car, and is just over a mile from the ferry terminal in Craignure.It's more of a Victorian country home than a castle as such - it's only about 150 years old, having been built in 1858. It was designed by arrchitect David Bryce who also designed the Bank of Scotland building...more
The Mull Museum in Tobermory crams a great deal of information into a very small space. They could have a room three times the size and it would still be full.Displays include the geology of the island; prehistory including Standing Stones, Duns and Brochs; the visit of Johnson and Boswell; the wreck of a Spanish galleon from the Armada fleet; the...more
Cafe Fish is located by the ferry terminal, above the tourist information office. Trust me, it is a lot better than the external appearance in my photo might suggest. They are open for lunch and dinner specialize in locally-caught fish and seafood, though I think meat dishes are also available. At lunchtime they do things like soup and wraps as...more
An Tobar Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary arts centre with art exhibitions and live music performances. It also has a nice cafe where you can have a cup of proper leaf tea (not bags) and a piece of homemade cake or a light lunch such as soup and a roll. Soup comes in two sizes, £2.75 for a small bowl and £3.50 for large. There is free wifi access...more
Tobermory Chocolate is a shop selling handmade chocolate and gifts, but on the left hand side as you go in is a cafe where you can have a hot chocolate (or coffee or tea etc.) and a piece of tasty-looking chocolate (or other cake).There is also free wifi access. Unfortunately they don't provide a complimentary sample of their chocolates with your...more
Our landlady recommended the Macdonald Arms to us as the pub 'where the locals go'. They do a range of standard 'pub grub' style meals, which are very tasty and filling at a reasonable price. The pub itself is quiet (no loud music or fruit machines) and friendly.Menu options include: smoked haddock fishcake with chips; chilli con carne with rice;...more
The fish & chip van on Tobermory harbour is the only such van which has an entry in the 'Les Routiers' directory.As well as straightforward 'catch of the day' and chips, they also have more exotic options such as scallops and even Thai fishcakes. I had a large haddock and chips, price £5.30, which was excellent.more
To get to Tobermory by car from the mainland, take the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Oban to Craignure. The ferry runs approximately every 2 hours during the daytime - check their website for the up to date timetable. The journey takes about 45 minutes. Booking is advisable.
You need to check in at least half an hour before the sailing time. They load up very efficiently and sail as soon as they are loaded. The ferry we took actually left a few minutes early.
On arrival in Craigure, turn right - and keep going until you get to Tobermory (it takes approximately 40 minutes). The second half of the journey, after passing through Salen, is on single track roads with passing places. The passing places are clearly marked with black and white posts or diamond-shaped signs. If you find a local in a hurry behind you, pull over so they can get past - they are more used to the local roads!
There is a free car park in Tobermory harbour.
There is quite a wide range of shops in Main Street, Tobermory, ranging from those aimed particularly at tourists and selling items such as handmade soaps or chocolates, and those aimed more at local needs (e.g. Browns hardware and liquor store, which is a real Aladdin's cave - if you need a jelly mould, fishtank or electric guitar, this is the...more
Tobermory Chocolate sells delicious handmade chocolate, as well as other gifts, some of them chocolate-related, such as an umbrella decorated with pictures of chocolate...There is also a cafe area.I tried a bag of plain chocolate squares (very good) for £3.99.If you don't have room in your luggage, they also do mail order by internet. £7.50 for a...more
When visiting Tobermory you should take some time out to visit the main pier and visit the tourist office and Calmac booking office.
In here you will find out all the information you could ever want about the island and the people who stay on it.
Mountain Bikers and Runners will find that they are well catered for here as the people you will be speaking to have run and cycled just about all of the island.
When visiting Tobermory in the summer season, and anywhere in Scotland really in good weather, you will no doubt meet the tiny little fly called a Midge.
The Midge for many of us just cause a slight itch as they land and walk over our skin, and when they bite you feel a slight itch and nothing more. For some people though they seem to take a very bad reaction to the Midge bite... so if you think you may be that way I would advie that you take some mozzie spray or any other insect repellent you use while abroad.
There is even a wee song to tell you about them!
Bring sturdy footwear, a waterproof jacket and an umbrella.
But if you forget any of the above, there is a shop down by the harbour near the distillery, which sells these items at very reasonable prices.
Photo Equipment: Make sure you have batteries for your camera and plenty of memory cards/film - you will need them.