About Tobermory

What's the story in Tobermory; wouldn't you like to know? Don't worry if you didn't get the reference; this picture-postcard little place with its brightly painted houses and surrounding hills captivates all visitors, even those unfamiliar with the children's TV programme Balamory - which was filmed here.

Built as a fishing port in the late 18th century, it's home to Mull's only whisky distillery, so do pop in for a wee dram. One of Britain's finest destinations for wildlife-watchers, its rare birds and animals include Golden and White-tailed Eagles, Otters and Red Deer.

It's also said to be the site of a wrecked galleon of the scattered Spanish Armada, which reputedly went to Davy Jones' Locker laden with millions of gold coins. And before you ask: they've yet to be found...


Shore excursions in Tobermory

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Aros Park Coastal Walk

Activity high

Duration: 3½ hours

A walk along the Aros Park coastal path offers a lovely mix of fabulous views, abundant woodland and historic standing stones.

Setting off on foot from Tobermory, you’ll follow the path that leads off from the end of the marina and climbs gently through the woodland alongside Tobermory Bay. Here, you can enjoy the views out to Calve Island and you may be lucky enough to spot a seal or two.

You’ll continue to the old pier where timber was once shipped from the Aros Estate and discover the history of the Allan shipping family. The view from the old pier to Tobermory is breathtaking and after a stop to look out for birdlife, you’ll head to Lochan a Ghurrabain. As you walk around the attractive loch a detour will be made to see the old power house and the Upper Falls. During your walk you’ll find many varieties of shrub, fungi and trees in the woodland.

As you leave the park, you’ll pass by the Bronze Age Standing Stones at Baliscate, before descending down the hill into Tobermory.

Essential information

This excursion is conducted on foot. This tour is solely foot and flat, non slip walking shoes are essential.The terrain may be uneven and muddy in parts with some slight inclines and earth filled steps to negotiate. The total distance walked is 4 miles. It is advisable to take a bottle of water and to wear appropriate outdoor clothing according to the weather.

Discover Duart Castle

Activity high

Duration: 3½ hours

The historic Duart Castle is perched on a rocky promontory and dominates the surrounding spectacular landscape.

Setting off from the picture postcard town of Tobermory, your journey will take you south towards Duart Castle. Sit back and admire the lovely rugged and unspoilt scenery of Mull and the sweeping coastal views.

Duart Castle proudly guards the island overlooking the sea from its dramatic position. From the 13th century through to the 17th century, the Maclean Clan lived at Duart Castle until it was garrisoned by government forces and eventually burnt down when the garrison left. It remained a ruin until 1911 when the 26th Chief of the Clan, Sir Fitzroy Maclean, commissioned architect John Burnett to restore the castle to its previous glory. A partially guided tour of the castle will take you back in time to discover its fascinating history and there will also be an opportunity to visit the dungeons that tell their own story. For those who are feeling energetic, you can take a climb up the ancient spiral staircase to the top of the castle and to a walkway around the battlements. The views from the top are quite spectacular.
<>br> At the end of your visit, enjoy the scenery once more as you take the return drive to Tobermory via the same route.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking over varying terrain which is uneven in parts. There are also around 50 steps to negotiate within the castle and 50 steps on the spiral staircase that leads to the top of the castle. Flat, comfortable non-slip shoes are essential.

Isle of Mull Panorama

Activity low

Duration: 2¾ hours

A delightful panoramic tour that will show you the scenic treasures of the Isle of Mull.

Setting off from Tobermory, you’ll head along the narrow winding road that leads to the village of Dervaig. This quaint village is most noticeable by its unusual conical, snow-white church spire. A short photo stop will be made in the village, before taking the coastal road to Calgary Bay.

Framed by low hills, with haunting ruined settlements and Iron Age forts, Calgary Bay is one of the most photographed spots on the Isle of Mull. A stop will be made for you to capture the contrasting scenery. Calgary in Canada actually takes its name from Calgary in Mull, as it was a favourite summer home of Colonel James Macleod of the Canadian North West Mounted Police.

Your drive will return to Dervaig and take the inland road to the moorlands. The scenery becomes a little more eerie as you pass through Achnacraig and Aros. As you return to Tobermory, you can admire the prettiness of this picture-perfect town with views of the brightly coloured houses and surrounding scenery.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by mini-coach. To derive full enjoyment from this tour some walking is required. The terrain includes some uneven ground and sand paths. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The roads are narrow and winding and those prone to travel sickness should take the necessary precautions.

Whale and Wildlife Exploration

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 2½ hours

Set off on a boat trip into the Sound of Mull, home to Minke Whales and a haven for wildlife.

Step aboard a motorboat for a cruising adventure to seek out Minke Whales and to catch sight of the Sound of Mull wildlife. The boat company actively research whales and contribute to marine conservation, gaining awards for green tourism.

Your crew are experienced in searching for Minke Whales and other species of wildlife, which can include dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and Basking Sharks. You may also be lucky enough to spot a variety of seabirds including Puffins and Golden Eagles that often grace the air above. Your boat trip will pass by a seal colony, where you can catch sight of these lovely animals basking on the rocks, and a fish farm which is still an important industry for the Isle of Mull.

During your cruise a complimentary tea or coffee will be available.

You’ll spend around 2 hours on the open water, before returning to Tobermory.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by motor-boat. The boat has steps to negotiate to the upper deck which has limited seating. There are also indoor and outdoor seating areas on the lower deck. Toilet facilities are available on board. The duration of the boat trip is subject to local conditions on the day and may be shorter. The animals are in their natural habitat and, whilst every effort will be made to find them, sightings cannot be guaranteed. If you are prone to seasickness, please take the necessary precautions. The crew will follow the International Fund for Animal Welfare Code of Conduct when operating this tour. The boat operator is wildlife safe and eco-friendly accredited. Passengers are advised to take a camera, binoculars and a waterproof jacket. Snacks will be available to purchase on board the boat and local currency is accepted.

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