Back Brae Lodge, Tobermory Self Catering Holiday Cottage Accommodation on Mull
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Mull Wildlife

Sea life and boat trips - see whales, dolphins, sharks, porpoise, seals, puffins & other seabirds

Sea Life Surveys - a range of trips from Tobermory (basking shark video above).

Turus Mara - daily trips from Ulva Ferry to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa (Fingal's Cave).

Mull Charters - from Ulva Ferry, also offer sea angling trips.

Staffa Trips - from Fionnphort to Fingal's Cave and Iona.

Alternative Boat Hire - a traditional clinker-built wooden boat, sailing from Iona.

The Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust has a visitor centre on Tobermory's Main Street.

Glengorm Basking Sharks

This is why I need to get a bigger boat! The waters around Glengorm have been teaming with Basking sharks and Dolphins for the last 7 days

Posted by Glengorm Castle on Monday, 17 August 2015

Land-based wildlife - including eagles & other birds of prey, otters, deer & wildflowers

Walk Highlands - walking routes on Mull.

Mull Birds - a wealth of local birdwatching information.

White Tailed Eagles On Mull - including a viewing hide.

Discover Mull - birds, mammals, history and geology.

Mull Magic - based in Tobermory.

Mull Wildlife Tours - based in Craignure.

Wild About Mull - based in the south west of Mull.

Wildlife And Birdwatch Safaris - tours around the island.

About Mull - tours and taxi service.

Islandscape Photography - photography workshops and tours.

The Mull & Iona Wild Life Week (Wild Isles) takes place in May and offers a range of wildlife-related events.

Take a day trip to the Isle of Ulva or the Isle of Iona.

White Tailed Sea Eagles

A guest at Back Brae Lodge in 2011, Mr C Merrifield, took some stunning photographs of these re-introduced eagles which breed on Mull. Click on each photo for a larger version.

Mull wildlife - sea eagle over water
Mull wildlife - sea eagle swooping
Mull wildlife - sea eagle catching fish
Mull wildlife - sea eagle soaring
Mull wildlife - sea eagle in flight


Tobermory's most unusual resident in 2009 was a wild but bold otter, nicknamed Elvis - like his namesake, sadly no longer with us. Hundreds of visitors were charmed by his appearance around the bay.

If you see an otter here or anywhere else in Mull, please remember that they are a European Protected Species and it is an offence to disturb them, their breeding site or resting place. This also applies to dolphins, porpoises and whales often seen around Mull.

Elvis the otter by Tobermory pier
see more photos of Elvis the otter on Facebook

"With his slicked-back hair and love of performing for crowds, the otter delights tourists and local fisherman on the Inner Hebrides island..." Daily Telegraph

"Memorial plan for Elvis the otter..." BBC News

Accommodation Reviews

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 “Lovely cottage. We were very comfortable and everything worked. We really enjoyed the cottage, which we found very spacious and light. The photos on the website barely did it justice. Lovely location and we enjoyed being visited by the Tobermory Cat, who just popped by to say hello and was very well behaved.”
LC - Stirling, Scotland - August 2019
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Things To Do

Find out how to get to Tobermory. Once you're here, go shopping and eat out, or see some wildlife.

 “We had a fantastic stay on Mull and were really lucky with the weather, which made it all the better. Back Brae Lodge is such a good location, as we went to Mishnish for dinner on Saturday night and the food was delicious. Also had drinks every night in the Mishnish and the atmosphere was great, made all the better that home was just round the corner! We had a delicious breakfast in the bakery and tea room on Main Street. We had a day trip to Iona on Saturday which really was the highlight, such a beautiful place. The beaches were stunning and the history around the Abbey was really interesting. We had lunch one day in the Craignure Inn which was also lovely. We enjoyed seeing the seals on the crops of land outside Salen as well. ”
DJ - South Queensferry, Scotland - April 2019
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