Destination Isle of Mull, one of my favourite islands
Driving north west from Edinburgh towards the ferry port of Oban
Our journey takes the route through the towns and villages of Stirling, Callendar, Glen Ogle, Crianlarich, at Tyndrum turning left to drive west towards Loch Awe & through the Pass of Brander & the village of Bonawe reaching the west coast at Connel.
Only a few miles onto the bustling town of Oban, time for a stroll around before boarding the ferry for the Isle of Mull. It’s a 45 minutes sail passing the iconic lighthouse on Eilean Munde and the isle of Lismore. Before arriving in Craignure passing Duart Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan MacLean guarding the coast.
Mull ‘s population is approx 2500, our overnight stay is in Tobermory, the main town on the east coast of the island. It’s a picturesque town, coloured houses skirt the harbour. Dinner in one of the restaurants, looking forward to tasting the fresh seafood,the West coast is famous for! Scallops, lobster,crabs, etc etc
Tomorrow our journey will over to the west of the island parking the car at Fionnaphort to sail over to Isle of Iona ( 15 minutes ferry sail!) . The ferry arrives in Martyrs Bay on Iona , residents cars allowed on the island, passing the ancient ruined Nunnery, & the 15thc McLean’s Cross , listening for the corncrake’s & the cuckoo’s calling , some of the summer visitors to the island! We reached the ancient Abbey associated with St Columba.
After exploring the Abbey, a walk beyond the Abbey buildings to the beautiful white sandy beach can be taken. ( weather permitting!)
Returning to Tobermory for another night stay, taking the ferry to Oban the following day.
This trip can be built on adding more days to explore other parts of the west coast.