One of the unexpectedly lovely experiences I had in Scotland was visiting the Isle of Mull. Mull is the second largest island in the Inner Hebrides, known for being home to some stunning wildlife. Sadly, I only had one day in my itinerary to see Mull.
How to get to there:
Ferries leave regularly from Oban to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. The journey is about 45 minutes long and a round-trip ticket costs £6.90 per adult passenger.
Where I stayed:
For its convenient location near to the ferry pier and bus station, I picked the Craignure Bunkhouse. Since it was essentially off-season, there weren’t many guests though I did end up befriending a fellow solo female traveller.
I really enjoyed staying there! It’s still quite new, so furniture and finishings were new. The bed was very comfy, each room had its own shared bathroom (modern & clean), and the kitchen and living room were very homey and comfortable.
What I did:
I had arrived at Oban the night before so all I had to do was get a morning ferry across to Mull. I only really had that one day on Mull so I had to make the choice between going to Tobermory or Duart Castle. I decided on Duart Castle and bought a package with the ferry company, Calmac, which included the bus ride to the castle and an entrance ticket. The package cost me £17.50 and I bought it at the ferry terminal.
After the exertion of trekking up Ben Nevis the previous day, I really enjoyed the slow pace of my day on Mull. I had a leisurely lunch at the tea room at Duart castle and then spent about an hour or so inside the castle itself.
Dating back to the 13th century, Duart Castle is one of the last surviving clan houses in Scotland. Home the Macleans over the centuries, it is still currently the residence of the clan chief! It was undergoing some repairs so there was scaffolding along its facade, which was a bit of a bummer. But its interior was surprisingly lovely.
While the keep was built in the 13th century, it was Sir Fitzroy Maclean who took the castle ruins and refurbished and restored it in 1911. A number of rooms were open such as the state bedrooms and the Great Hall (pictured above) and you get a sense of how the Maclean chiefs lived in the past. Plus, the view from the battlements was lovely!
I really wish I had one more day on Mull, but sometimes when you travel, you have to make tough decisions. Still, what little I saw of Mull was so lovely and peaceful.