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IONA THROUGH THE EYES OF A TRAVELLER

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From Mendelssohn to McLeod and MacIntyre

After the excitement of the Isle of Mull Rally, a lull descends on the Island, the main tourist season is coming to an end, the English school holidays are providing the last rush of visitors to these beautiful islands. At the end of October, the Islands seem to take a...

The Tour of Mull Rally

On islands which are internationally known for their beauty, wildlife, peace and quiet, a three day, two night International Rally car event seems like an unlikely fit; However on Mull and Iona, the Mull Rally has been a well-loved part of Island life for nearly 50 years. During the second...

Autumn is the Time to Visit Iona

When Ronnie Browne and Roy Williamson wrote the emotive words to ‘Flower of Scotland’ I wonder if they had ever watched the changing of the seasons on the Isles of Mull and Iona. It seems strange to write about Autumn today as we are in an unseasonal hot spell, but...

Iona Mull dolphins boat trips

Dolphins, Sharks, White-Tailed Eagles and a Sun fish too!

Last Sunday an old friend invited me out on his rather cool new boat for a spot of whale watching in the sound of Mull. Having spent years going back and forth on the ferry from Oban to Mull, seeing the occasional pod of Dolphins and latterly Basking Sharks, I...

white-tailed sea eagle

Mull and Iona, the Eagle Isles.

There is a plethora of things that the islands of Mull and Iona do well, In fact not just well, but to international standards. Be it Europe’s oldest geology, or the UK’s longest coastline, or being the cradle of Christianity or the northern hemisphere’s premier whale watching area, Mull and...

The Fascinating Geology of Mull and Iona

This week I am going to take you on a journey back in time to see how and where Mull and Iona’s astonishing geology has formed. I’m enlisting the help of my friend James “Seumas” Westland whose knowledge of the island’s geology is second to none. Seumas is the island’s...

Ben More, Isle of Mull, Argyll, Accommodation, Bed & Breakfast

Ben More the Mountain of Eagles

If there is one feature that dominates the centre of Mull, it is Ben More. This towering but accessible mountain arose more than 60 million years ago as a result of a huge volcano thus becoming part of the Loch Ba Caldera. At 3,169 feet or 966m, Ben More is...

Round Loch Na Keal and Swimming with Cows!

After the pleasure of the wee boat from Ulva back to Mull and catching up with some of the Mull folks who make their living either fishing or guiding bird watching from Ulva Ferry, I get back on the wee road and head to Gruline, making my way to Gribun...

Isle of Mull thatched cottage

Ulva and Gometra, the land that time forgot.

After the winding road from Calgary, reaching the lush flat grasslands around Ulva Ferry is a welcome change, and although the road isn’t any wider, at least there are no drops! The islands of Ulva and Gometra are located east of the Treshnish Isles, south of the most northern parts...