Can you visit Mull and Iona in one day?
Discover the Inner Hebrides Our island tours allow you to discover up to three beautiful and diverse Inner Hebridean Islands – Mull, Iona and Staffa – on a day trip from Oban.
Can you drive from Mull to Iona?
There is no direct connection from Isle of Mull to Iona. However, you can take the taxi to Ishriff, Road End, take the line 496 bus to Fionnphort, Post Office, take the walk to Fionnphort Mull Ferry Terminal, then take the ferry to Iona Ferry Terminal.
Where is Mull and Iona?
Amongst the Inner Hebrides, off the West Coast of Scotland lie the Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona. Together with Mull’s idyllic offshore islands, they provide an outstanding abundance of scenery, culture and wildlife to discover.
How do I get from Mull to Iona?
Oban is the principal ferry port for Mull and (indirectly) Iona. Ferries run seven days a week, Summer and Winter, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Crossing time is 50 minutes on the main “Isle of Mull” ferry or 55 minutes on the smaller ferry, the “Coruisk”. Vehicle booking is recommended.
Is Iona worth visiting?
If the area around the Abbey gets too busy for you, then find one of Iona’s sandy beaches and relax. The south and western parts of the island are not so well visited, but well worth seeing.
Can you walk around Iona?
Scottish access legislation means that you are welcome to walk over most of the island, but please remember that Iona is a living, working community. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code sets out responsibilities as well as rights.
How long does the ferry take from Mull to Iona?
around 50 minutes
This sailing takes around 50 minutes and is served by two ferries: the MV Isle of Mull which is a large ferry with good onboard facilities, and the smaller MV Coruisk.
Is the Isle of Mull worth visiting?
Wildlife is plentiful on and surrounding Mull; between April and October, whale watching tours run frequently, and Minke Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins and Basking sharks can be spotted. Bird watching is popular, and the island is often touted as the best place in the UK to see white-tailed and golden eagles.
Can you swim on Iona?
If you are keen on wild swimming in Scotland, Mull and Iona should definitely be on your list. There is no doubt the water is chilly. Nevertheless, once you glimpse those white shell-sand beaches which stretch for miles, with the alluring turquoise sea, you’ll be glad you packed your swimming gear.
How do you get around Mull without a car?
Re: Mull without a car? It all depends on what your interests are. You can do specialist tours (wildlife, photography) direct from Tobermory but it’s not a cheap option. You can also do boat trips either directly from Tobermory, or that pick up from Tobermory and take you to their departure point at Ulva Ferry.
Do I need a car on Mull?
You’re best to take a car onto the island if you want to be able to reach all the places you’re interested in. The transport is not ideal, but there is a bus service run by ‘West Coast Motors’, and taxis are available if you book in advance.
Can you swim on Mull?
Wild Swimming on the Isle of Mull and the rest of Scotland Mull is a large island, and there are, therefore, wild swimming opportunities all along the coastline. In the north-west of the Island, sheltered Calgary Bay is much favoured by many as the best beach for getting in the ocean.
Are dogs allowed on Iona?
Visitors’ dogs are allowed in the grounds of Iona Abbey.
How many days do you need on Mull?
Since Mull is such a large island, 4 days is really the minimum amount of time you will want to spend here. The longer the better. In the summer, it’s light until about 11:30pm. However, most of the shops and restaurants close early (shops around 6, restaurants a bit later).
Is Mull bigger than Islay?
Although larger than Islay, the population of Mull is less, around 3,000 people, and approximately 1.000 of them live in the picturesque harbour town of Tobermory with its colourful buildings.
How long will it take to drive around Mull?
The thing I did not appreciate about the island was how long it takes to get anywhere. What we thought was a 30-minute scenic drive was actually 2 hours, including many, many stops to just take in the views. Most of the driving was on single track roads with hills, cliffs, twists, turns and oncoming traffic.
Can you swim from Mull to Iona?
The Sound of Iona, between Iona and Mull The Sound of Iona is only 1 mile across and a very tempting swim. However, this stretch of water has fast currents. It is only recommended for those with the required experience and accompanied by a safety vessel.
Can you swim at Iona Beach?
The water is not safe to swim in. Not because of the sewage treatment plant though. Fresh river water mixes with ocean salt water here. Tides and currents are fierce and unpredictable.
Where are the Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona?
Visit Mull & Iona – Official travel guide for the Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona Amongst the Inner Hebrides, off the West Coast of Scotland lie the Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona. Together with Mull’s idyllic offshore islands, they provide an outstanding abundance of scenery, culture and wildlife to discover.
Is there a taxi from Iona to mull?
There is a taxi on Iona if you are not inclined to walk, but the distances on the island are short, and most of the accommodation is within a 15-minute walk of the pier where you arrive. There are three ferry routes from the mainland to the Isle of Mull, and one from Mull to Iona.
How did Iona become part of Scotland?
As the Norse domination of the west coast of Scotland advanced, Iona became part of the Kingdom of the Isles. The Norse Rex plurimarum insularum Amlaíb Cuarán died in 980 or 981 whilst in “religious retirement” on Iona. Nonetheless the island was sacked twice by his successors, on Christmas night 986 and again in 987.
Where are the ferry ports in Iona and Mull?
Oban is the principal ferry port for Mull and (indirectly) Iona. Ferries run seven days a week, Summer and Winter, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.