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“Peace, Quiet and Scary Roads!”
Review of Isle of Mull

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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
21 helpful votes
“Peace, Quiet and Scary Roads!”
Reviewed August 20, 2007

The guide books warn you that most of the roads on the Isle of Mull are single track with passing places but nothing can prepare you for the inconsiderate drivers in camper vans and bus drivers who seemingly pelt along with their eyes closed.

The simplest drive to a local shop leaves you with neck ache from the stress of tuning your re-actions to slam on the brakes and swerve to avoid the oncoming wall of white metal driven by these grinning maniacs as they wave to you having narrowly avoided side-swiping you into a remote glen.

That's the warning out of the way! Now the good bits. Mull is big enough that you will rarely bump into oncoming traffic, (well, not literally one would hope!). If you can take it in turns to drive then one can look at the beautful scenary while the other keeps their eyes on the road. The road from Craignure, the main ferry port, to Fionnphort, where you can meet the ferry to Iona, takes you through Glen More which, although not Glencoe, has it's very own spectacular moments that will make you want to slow down and just take it all in.

I guess that this is the gist of enjoying your holiday on Mull, just slow down a little and take the opportunity to breathe some fresh air. You don't have to go looking for wildlife on Mull, just stand still and it will come to you.

High lights of our trip include;

- The peace and serenity of Iona

- The spectacular view down the Sound of Mull from the road leading from Tobermory to Craignure

- As mentioned above, the wildlife, from the friendly Chaffinches to the soaring White Tailed Eagle and from the shaggy Highland Cattle to the timid Red Deer. Every turn in a road or stroll along a rocky seaside path can lead to another encounter.

- From a culinary perspective, you can't beat the fish supper from the van on Tobermory pier or the array of fresh cakes from the tea room as Duart Castle

By the end of the holiday we were chilled enough to nod to the hurtling bus drivers and pity their cargo who would not have the opportunity to stop, look and listen.

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Clearwater, FL
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
148 helpful votes
“Mull: Smack in the middle of paradise”
Reviewed July 13, 2003

Make sure that you visit the Isle of Mull when you are in Scotland.
This little island is chock full of stunning scenery and things to do.
It is the perfect place to base yourself for trips to Iona and Staffa and other outlying islands.

Visit the Duart Castle, clan seat for the MacLeans. It is an excellently preserved castle. Don't eat in the cafe though, not so good. The view are excellent, the staff at the castle are very welcoming and the walks are delightful. They also have a herd of the Highland cattle, so bring your camera.

Not too far away is Torosay Castle, a very welcoming mansion and garden. The gardens are the best part. Take some time to explore and then grab a snack and sit outside and watch the birds. The inside is interesting and warm and there are some great scrapbooks to look at.

When you go, stay at the Gruline Home Farm. Angela and Colin Boocock are the owners and a finer B&B you will not find. Make sure that you sign up for dinner there as well (for every night you are there.
There's no sense in going anywhere else!). This is a 5 star establishment and hospitality and comfort are the rule. We were only there for four days and I wish we had spent our whole 15 days there.

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“A piece of paradise in the Hebrides”
Reviewed January 8, 2002

A place of dramatic contrast is an understatement about this
beautiful Island.
The beaches at Iona, Calgary And others are a sight that quite literaly catches your breath.
The sand is white, the sea aqua-marine.
It is difficult to believe that this is Mull, and not a beach in the carribean.
No matter how many times I visit these beaches, see the dolphins and golden eagles, travel on the sleepy roads, with the dramatic mountain scenery behind. Experience the warm local welcome,the feeing of peace and tranquility, I feel honoured that in my lifetime i have visited a piece of heaven on earth.
Haste ye back- deffinately!

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