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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Mull July 28th 2018

Courtesy of guest blogger TWJ Isle of Mull, 3 days, 118 miles... Dad has been talking about cycle touring for a while and I thought what better way to start than with Nick who's crossed continents on his bike! For years I've turned my nose up at cycle touring, but I decided I would do it for dad and it would be 3 days of hell and hard work, but I'd manage. Plus Nick had bought me nice new yellow Ortlieb pannier bags! Day 1 (Oban to Craignure to beach near Iona) We arrived in Oban to pouring rain on Saturday about lunchtime, and a huge faff to get three bikes off the roof rack. As we were taking the bikes off, Nick had a bit of a calamity when his bike toppled over whilst still ... read more
Loch-side approaching the 2nd night's camp
The route!
Leaving Oban

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Mull July 17th 2017

Scotland 3 - 2017 25th June – 15th July Continuing our travels through Scotland Islands - On to Mull and Iona, with hopes of finding otters and white tailed eagles! The ferry crossing from Armadale, south across the Sound of Sleat to bustling Mallaig on the mainland, took just twenty-five minutes allowing us time to meander the coast road past tiny coves with white sandy beaches, through elegant Arisaig and on to Glenuig for our evening meal at the Glenuig Inn. This lovely little village has its own community shop with free WiFi, a village hall, a bus shelter, a smokehouse, a museum, B&B at the Inn, and its very own red telephone box! There are still a number of red telephone boxes in the Highlands, those remnants of British village life where a penny gave ... read more
Glenuig
Ardnamurchan Point
Iona Abbey from the ferry

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Mull July 31st 2016

Today is Sunday, which means everything is either closed or opens late. I had decided to take a tour that does island hopping, and the earliest tour starts at 10am. I had leisurely breakfast at my B&B - it was a feast, prepared by the hostess. The choices were either a full Scottish breakfast (Sausage, Bacon, Eggs, Tomato, Black Pudding, Mushrooms, Potato Scone) or, in my case, an extended continental breakfast, which included Scots Porridge with honey and heavy cream, 2 croissants with butter and jam, a very large platter of fruits, veggies, and various types of cheeses. Of course, a choice of 3 cereals, toast, orange juice, choice of coffee or tea goes without saying. I loved the porridge, but I could only sample the fruits and cheese platter as it was so big. I ... read more
Oban Harbor
Oban Harbor
From the ferry - on the way to Mull

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Mull May 12th 2015

So I had a few days off last week and instead of spending it in the University library actually doing work, I decided to pack up my pack for a two days and head west. I had one goal on this trip: see a tiny puffin. I'm very happy to say that I did and that it was INCREDIBLE. So let's start at the start and go accordingly. I took an evening train to Glasgow and got a private room at the Eurohostel smack bang in the middle of town. If you're ever planning on spending a night in Glasgow, I can't recommend it enough. Because I was working on a budget and the trip was all last minute, I opted out of fine dining (there are seriously nice looking restaurants in the upper left of ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Mull July 10th 2014

AROUND MULL 1. Staffa & Treshnish Isles Wildlife Tour. At 10.00am on an overcast Sunday morning we stepped aboard our cruise boat together with about 30 other people, looking forward to seeing puffins for the first time. We had booked this cruise before we left to make sure we had a space on the boat, but we could just have arrived and it would have been OK. The weather didn’t look too promising, windy and showery, but our captain reassured us, promising that the showers would stop and we’d have fine weather shortly and he was right. The boat sailed out towards two small islands, Coll and Tiree, stopping along the way to look at some bottle nosed dolphins. They were spotted near a group of gannets who were feeding on a shoal of fish. The ... read more
Looking out to sea
Fingal's Cave on Staffa
Medieval Nunnery

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Mull July 9th 2014

Au Revoir to France and Hi to Scotland There was a delay in the plane’s departure from Charles de Gaulle airport, so our arrival in Glasgow was two hours behind schedule. We spent our time reading and using the free Wifi available in the airport and finally it was boarding time. We knew we’d arrived when we heard beautiful lilting Scottish accents and saw familiar street names, Buchanan, George, Queen and Argyll Streets. Our hotel, “Alexander Thompson”, was an old hotel, but had clean spacious rooms and a huge Scottish breakfast, so we couldn’t ask for more. Getting the tickets for Oban and the ferry to Mull, was easy. The trains all leave from Queen Street Station, which was only a ten minute walk away. We bought our tickets the afternoon we arrived, so we'd be ... read more
Oban
Duart Castle
Tobermory

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Mull September 25th 2013

It was another grey, overcast morning but still not threat of rain and it looked like we would get another days driving in with dry road conditions. On paper in the atlas the drive today to the Isle of Mull didn’t look that long but we weren’t naive enough to think that our target just short of Tobermory on Mull could be made at an easy pace. As we wanted to take a circuitous route for the scenery we needed to ensure we kept to a bit of a timetable as we also a short boat ride across Loch Aline to be factored in as well and there was a timetable for the car ferry to think about as well. We met the young women from last night at breakfast again and carried on our conversations ... read more
Chasing the Jacobite
Isolation
A 'noddy' road

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Mull September 20th 2011

Today we had intermittent weather. Some say intermittent sun, others say intermittent rain. By the end of the day we had neither, just sun, cloud and wind at the same time. The wind was strong enough to cancel the ferries to Muck. So the saying, “You can’t see Muck for Rum and Eigg” was almost true. This time though, it was because of haze brought on by the wind. This was our second full day on Mull and we decided to explore some of the narrow roads around the northern part of the island. We started on B8073, a single lane road with many pot holes. Next we took a side road which didn’t have a code but was single lane, with very few passing places and more pot holes. After negotiating our way past a ... read more
End of the road
Rugged Mull coastline
Medieval gravestones, Kilninian

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Mull September 18th 2011

With diesel prices on the mainland a little lower than on Skye, we filled the tank this morning and still gulped at the price. We’ll need to keep it filled now, with only a week left until we return the car in Manchester. Today we completed a zigzag drive past lochs and mountains to reach the departure point of the ferry to the Isle of Mull and thence to Tobermory where our hotel for the next three nights awaits. Highlights of the drive on this fine dry morning included reflections on the glassy waters of still lochs, where huge slopes of grass and heather plunged down to the edge and autumn colours tinged the foliage lining the road. At Glenfinnan we stopped near the edge of the loch to look at a monument commemorating the Jacobite ... read more
Great reflections on a perfect day
Eigg in front of Rum
"Giant rabbit" in the heather

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Mull July 20th 2011

The boat rode through the waves, swaying from side to side as the wind whipped passed my face. I held on to the rail around the deck tightly as I searched the surrounding waters with my binoculars, hoping for a glimpse of the animal I was looking for. But there was nothing except a few little sailing boats bobbing in the sea. I was on a seven-hour whale-watching trip around the waters of the Isle of Mull on the west coast of Scotland, a place renowned for it’s marine wildlife. Accompanying me on this voyage was my Dad, a pair of newlyweds, and a middle-aged couple and a few others. We were being guided by a hardy crew from Sea life Surveys a company that has traversed the waters of west Scotland since 1982 and has ... read more
 The porpoise
The Beach
The Welcome Party




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