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The Island of Mull is a massive island, having around three hundred miles of Coastline. Yet the entire island has a population of under three thousand people. When you see an Otter, Eagle or Dolphin, it will invariably be in a truly wild and beautiful setting.
The isles of Mull and Iona lie off Scotland’s West coast, part of the Hebridean archipelago of almost 500 islands. With a population of just under 3000 on an island fifty miles from North to South, Mull is one of the largest Hebridean islands, but like them all, sparsely populated. The main population centre is Tobermory, where nearly 1,000 people live and work.
Tobermory is the main town on the island and is well known because of its multi coloured shops and houses on the waterfront. It is the starting point for many wildlife trips and has many good shops, restaurants and hotels.
Mull is deservedly well known as a island, with superb walking, fishing and outdoor pursuits amid spectacular scenery. There is abundant wildlife on land, in the surrounding seas and in the air – elements of a rare natural environment that bring many people to visit and to live.
The Mull Chamber of Commerce works to protect the interests of all the island’s businesses – and these businesses are very varied. Although the most influential business sector may be tourism, there are many other types and sizes of company on the island. Mull is home to a number of small (but ‘exporting’) food producers – organic beef and lamb is reared, cheese is made from island milk, handmade chocolates, shortbread, organic biscuits, preserves and much more is made here. Tobermory Distillery produces a fine single malt whisky, and there are many talented craftspeople making unique knitwear, pottery, tweeds and silverware. Salmon, trout, prawns, lobsters and other shellfish are popular delicacies and important resources.
Modern communications increasingly make the choice of business location not one of ‘where do I need to be to access my customers?’ but ‘where would I like to carry on my business?’. For many, the answer is right here on Mull
The Isle of Mull and the neighbouring island of Iona lie just off the west coast of Scotland, in the United Kingdom.
From Oban, on the mainland, where many visitors arrive on their way to the islands, the seaward view is dominated by the rocky peaks and green slopes of the Mull mountains.
They are silent, lonely islands of rushing, tumbling burns, high peaks, dramatic views, waterfalls, wildlife, history and atmosphere.
According to your interests, the islands can be a wilderness awaiting discovery, a sporting paradise, a haven of peace and relaxation or simply a charming and beautiful centre for a Highland holiday away from the cares and pressures of modern life.
One of Scotland's most historic and venerated sites, lona Abbey is a celebrated Christian centre and the burial place of early Scottish kings. The Abbey and Nunnery grounds contain one of the most comprehensive collections of Christian carved stones in Scotland, ranging in age from 600AD to the 1600s. In AD 563 C and his twelve disciples landed at Port na Curaich (Harbour of the Coracle) to build a monastery and establish a school of learning, having travelled in a hide-covered craft from Ireland. They introduced a faith which was to spread far beyond Mull and indeed Scotland itself.
Iona, only 3 miles (4.8 km) from north to south and 1½ miles (2.4 km) east to west is steeped in history For centuries people have been visiting Iona. During the early 20th century visitors made their landing on the slipway. Modern visitors use the ferry run by Caledonian MacBrayne which leaves from Fionnphort on Mull. Note that cars are not permitted on Iona.