Visit Tobermory: Places to stay, things to do

Discover the rugged splendour of Scotland's Western Isles with a trip to Mull and the picturesque village of Tobermory. Nick Peers wraps up warm for the trip across the sea


Why go there?
Fans of children’s TV show Balamory will want to gaze in wonder at the myriad of brightly painted houses down at the harbour, but that’s only part of Tobermory’s charm. This 18th-century fishing village sits on two levels, with much of the village perched above the harbour, separated by heavily wooded slopes.
Mull boasts many historic and wildlife attractions, whether you want to visit Glengorm Castle, which was built in 1860 or take a gentle stroll around Aros Park, there’s something to do close to Tobermory itself. Alternatively, explore the whole island, either on your own or with the help of a guided tour. And if sea-sickness isn’t a problem, take a boat trip and spy whales, dolphins, sea otters and sea eagles, or visit the neighbouring isle of Ulva.


Where to stay
The Western Isles Hotel is now back in private ownership, and offers rooms from £85 per room, per night including Scottish breakfast, although if you want to enjoy the stunning harbour views afforded, you’ll need to pay a premium.

Where to eat
Enjoy a fine dining experience on Tobermory’s celebrated waterfront at the hotel that bears the village’s name. The Tobermory Hotel’s menu is sourced from local and seasonal ingredients, including the latest catch from the local fishmongers. The winter menu costs just £23.50 for three courses, and includes coffee, while the main menu starts at £27 for two courses.


Tell us a local secret
The harbour contains the buried wreck of the San Juan de Sicilia, which was part of the Spanish Armada that was forced to circumnavigate the British Isles when it was retreating in 1588. The ship was blown up, and local legend attributes this to the work of a local witch, Dòideag.