Built as a fishing port in the late 18th century, Tobermory is now the main village on the Isle of Mull. Its waterfront of colourful houses provides a cheerful first impression for any visitor.
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Situated in the north of the island, it is a 40 minute drive from the main ferry port of Craignure.
The Isle of Mull is deservedly well known as a holiday 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.
Places to visit include Tobermory Distillery, which conducts guided tours explaining the whole process of whisky making - with a sample of the finished product at the end of the tour. Easily found at Ledaig Car park.
An Tobar Arts center, Gallery & Cafe is situated above Main Street, overlooking the bay on Argyll Terrace. Formerly the town's Primary school, it was superbly renovated in the late 1990's to become a center for both performing and visual arts. The exhibitions change on a monthly basis and there are concerts and ceildhs put on throughout the year (more frequently in the summer).
Another place of interest is the Mull museum, situated on the Main Street.
Perhaps take a boat ride along the coast, past the seal colony, and see some of the marine life for yourself.
Local buses are operated by Bowmans, who also run tours.
One of the island’s highlights is Duart Castle, which stands proudly on a crag guarding the Sound of Mull. You can explore the dungeons where officers of Tobermory’s Spanish galleon were imprisoned, and discover more about clan history.
The currency throughout the UK is the pound (£). You may also hear the slang term quid for pounds. Scottish bank notes are frowned upon in other parts of the UK, so change the notes before leaving Scotland.
Cash machines (ATM) or less formally 'holes in the wall' are very widely available and usually dispense £10 and £20 notes.
Visa, Mastercard and Maestro, are accepted by most shops and restaurants.
English is spoken throughout the country, but sometimes with heavy accents!
Most cafe's and restaurants offer free WiFi.
Shopping hours are in general:
Small stores 6 or 7 days a week (10am - 6pm)
Larger stores in general stay open til' 9PM
Hyper marts often 24/7
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