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This island on the West Coast of Scotland has a lot to offer visitors, especially anyone with a love of the outdoors. What can you do on the isle of Mull? The most accessible and popular route is to travel from Oban. Oban is a small town on the West Coast of Scotland. It is known as the 'Gateway to the Isles' as it serves as one of Scotland's busiest ports with connections to the islands of Coll, Tiree, Colonsay, Islay, Barra, South Uist and Lismore, as well as Mull. Oban is easily accessible by train with regular services operated by Scotrail from Glasgow Queen Street station. If you are coming from Edinburgh or elsewhere in Scotland you will be able to change trains in Glasgow. There are also bus services to Oban running from Glasgow, and also Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and Stirling in the Summer. In the summer a daily bus direct to Mull also operates from Glasgow.
You can also drive to Mull and take your car across on the ferry. It is advisable to book in advance, especially in summer months. It's advisable to book accommodation in advance. There are a lot of options available from camp sites, to hostels, to hotels and bed and breakfasts. One of the most popular walks on Mull is climbing up to its highest peak at the top of Ben More. From the summit you will get an excellent view of the surrounding islands and the main land. The easiest route starts from Loch Na Kael, and you should be able to ascend and descend within 5 hours. Although it is a relatively easy hill walk you should make sure you wear suitable clothing such as hillwalking shoes and waterproofs. What is a munro? Munro is a Scottish name for a hill over 3000 feet (about 915 metres) above sea level. There are 283 munros in Scotland, and many hill walkers aim to 'bag them all'. Calgary Beach and Uisken Beach are probably the most accessible of these. Calgary is only 5 miles from the village of Dervaig, and a ten minute walk from a coffee shop.
Some beaches such as Traigh Ghael and Ardalanish are only accessible by foot. However this can have its advantages if you are seeking seclusion. If you are a nature lover Laggan Sands and Kilvickeon Beach are known as good places to spot seals. If you fancy a challenging walk, you might want to consider going to see MacCulloch's Fossil Tree. MacCulloch's Fossil Tree can be found at the tip of the Ardmeanach Peninsula. The walk to go and see it, is not an easy one, and not one for those with a fear of heights. If you are thinking of going make sure you are well prepared, and have planned properly, and checked the timings of the tides. There is more to Mull to explore than just spectacular scenery and nature. Visit the historic fishing village of Tobermory and its whiskey distillery, explore some of the castles on Mull, or learn about the long history of the island.
The Highland Clearances: Did you know? In the nineteenth century Mull was home to over 10,000 people. Now its population is less than a third of that, although often boosted by tourism in the summer. This is because many people in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland were forced to leave their homes. Those that weren't forced often chose to leave in an attempt to escape poverty and find a better life overseas. Some moved to find work in the industries that were developing in Scottish towns, like Glasgow, and many millions of Scots emigrated overseas, mainly to Canada, Australia and the USA. You can find evidence of the clearances on Mull in the form of abandoned buildings. A good way to get an introduction to about the history of Mull is to visit the Mull Museum in Tobermory. It is only a small museum, but crammed with information and worth popping into.