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.