There are castles to visit including Duart Castle, the home of the Clan MacLean and used in the film “Entrapment”. It’s a real castle with battlements and dungeons and alleged secret passageways to the sea. For over 400 years, this has been the ancestral home of the Clan MacLean. Duart Castle and its grounds are open to the public from March to October. The castle is about 2 miles away from Seilisdeir. www.duartcastle.com
There are also several shipwrecks around the shores which scuba divers can visit. In 1588 one of the ships of the Spanish Armada was moored in Tobermory Bay and blown up there, reputedly with £300,000 of gold bullion on board which hasn’t been retrieved.
Iona is a must to visit – a tiny island off the southwest of Mull, it was where St. Columba arrived from Ireland in 563 and, along with his twelve followers and their successors, introduced Christianity to the British Isles.
One of Scotland’s most historic and venerated sites, Iona Abbey is a celebrated Christian centre and the burial place of early Scottish kings. In AD563 Columba and his twelve disciples landed on Iona and set about the conversion of Scotland and much of northern England to Christianity. It is a serene, spiritual place. The road to Iona runs right past the top of Lochdon and the trip will take you about an hour by car, small ferry and foot (no cars on Iona). Visit www.iona.org.uk and www.isle-of-iona.com for more information.
Mull has been used as a location in a number of feature films over the years. As well as Entrapment these include Highlander, Eye of the Needle, I Know Where I’m Going, Kidnapped (1971) and When Eight Bells Toll. Travelling through eastern Mull to the Lochaline to Fishnish ferrylink may lead you through some of the scenes featured in the Harry Potter films. And also for the younger generation Tobermory is the setting for Balamory – along with a guided tour of the many different coloured houses seen in the programmes.
Tobermory Distillery – founded in 1798, this famous, very small distillery is the only one on Mull. It produces two types of whisky – a malt and a blend. Single malts from this distillery have also been bottled by the independents under the site’s older name of Ledaig. Open Easter to October for guided tours. www.tobermorydistillery.com
Fingal’s Cave – on the island of Staffa, is a unique structure formed completely in hexagonally-jointed basalt – huge columns to you and me! A 227ft cavern, and a crude walkway just above high water level allow exploring visitors to venture far inside. Visit by boat and, depending upon the trip chosen, you can either see the cave from the boat, or disembark at the small jetty. Staffa is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and, at certain times of year, is home to numerous puffins.