In Tobermory on Mull.
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2008 & 2009 Mull Activity Reviews from Back Brae Lodge Guests


Elvis the otter by Tobermory pier
Elvis the otter by Tobermory pier

“We enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of the An Tobar Arts Centre
and the sweet delights of The Tobermory Chocolate shop. We covered most of the island during our short stay and enjoyed visiting Calgary Bay and the Calgary Art in Nature expedition and woodland walk. The breathtaking views and colourful scenery as we toured the island were amazing.”
CK & SK - Cumbernauld, Scotland - October 2008

“We went to a ceilidh at Duart Castle
and heard some Gaelic singers, and of course the local Mod is on mid-September.”
JW - Lanarkshire, Scotland - September 2008

“It was so convenient to be in the harbour area.
I enjoyed taking a cup of coffee and sitting out on the harbour side. The delicatessen had great food and the ironmonger is a total find - a mix of Arkwright’s and treasure trove - musical instruments, good quality wines, ping pong balls and a whole lot more. Also had a great time at Island Blue and it has a year’s supply of all the cards you will need. Loved the music at An Tobar so close by. We went into the gallery next door and asked Kate to do a workshop for us, doing lino cuts, much to the envy of the people going in to visit.”
PM - Dorset, England - August 2008

“Tobermory is a fantastic place.
You can wander down Main Street browsing the shops, or chill out in one of the traditional bars with a locally produced whisky or ale. The food is superb too, from fish to burgers there was something for everyone.”
PW - Middlesbrough, England - August 2008

“The island and town are the perfect holiday places, especially with kids.
Safe, laid back, great little shops, local seafood. Older ones love the freedom to wander and explore by themselves, younger ones love the beach, park and Open Farm. Calgary has to be one of the top beaches in the world, though we did swim in the rain! Very partial to a game of Scrabble in the Mishnish Hotel.”
AS - Greenlaw, Scotland - July 2008

“Tobermory is a beautiful place,
with welcoming restaurants/bars etc and very friendly locals. Fabulous fish and chip van.”
CH & LH - Gloucestershire, England - July 2008

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“We escaped in to Cafe Fish or the pub
which gave us a friendly, comfortable welcome. We also browsed at the beautiful trinkets, gifts and silver found in the local shops. Travelling up to Tobermory after disembarking the ferry on Mull was beautiful - definitely great picture opportunities so don’t forget a camera!”
MS & TS - Newcastle Upon Tyne, England - November 2009

“We did several walks and saw several otters
(not Elvis as he hasn’t been seen recently), golden eagles and a distant white-tailed eagle, so we were very excited about that. We made good use of the many guides in the house, for wildlife and generally touring Mull. Unfortunately in November most of the tourist places are closed but we used the guides for interesting local information and the wildlife is year-round. Tobermory has all the shops needed for a self-catering stay. Next time I’ll have to stay a full week to complete the Tobermory jigsaw!”
LH - Callander, Scotland - November 2009

“We would like to recommend a trip that we found
highlighted in one of the maps found in the house. We went from Fishnish on the ferry to Lochaline, toured Ardnamurchan, visited the lighthouse at the Point and then caught the Kilchoan ferry back to Tobermory. Great! We also went over to Iona. Our holiday ended with a whale watching trip where we saw sea eagles, seals and much more. Very enjoyable.”
BH - Birmingham, England - September 2009

“We had a lovely meal at Café Fish
and at the Indian too, and great pizza at the place above MacGochan’s bar on the other side of the harbour (it is closed Monday and Tuesday), and great sandwiches from the Bakery - also went to a very nice café at Glengorm Castle.”
RB - Lancashire, England - September 2009

“Our stay was very enjoyable,
the highlight being seeing an otter in Tobermory!”
SL & RB - Lancashire, England - September 2009

“Iona was a big highlight for us from the historical point of view
and the fantastic beach on the north side. We had a couple of lovely dinners in Café Fish and I also saw and photographed the otter! As a photography nut I found that there were so many stunning views and potential images in the scenery around Mull that I was spoilt for choice. We also sampled Mull cheese, visited Tobermory Chocolate, and I’ve brought back some of the heather soap from the Isle Of Mull Soap Company so that I can relive my holiday each time I smell it.”
CM - East Lothian, Scotland - September 2009

“An Tobar Arts Centre was very interesting for us, as harp-playing-fans.
We took the Lighthouse walk, and a walk through the Aros Park. We have been impressed by that overwhelming nature.”
JM - Weil am Rhein, Germany - September 2009

“There is a nice tea shop on Ulva
which does very special-looking lunches, and is trying to get a ‘small restaurant of the year’ award. It is a beautiful island to walk on.”
DW - Nottingham, England - August 2009

“We went to Iona,
and pony riding on the beach at Killiechronan, which was wonderful.”
LW - Surrey, England - May 2009

“We really enjoyed the rail journey to Torosay Castle.”
SG - Fife, Scotland - May 2009

“We were there with a 3-year-old.
She loved visiting all the coloured houses from Balamory - a quick Google search should find the locations of the actual houses. We visited at Easter and the weather was amazing. Recommendations - the beach at Calgary (fantastic), climbing Ben More, and the cafe above the tourist information building which we only discovered on the last day.”
PN - Sheffield, England - April 2009

“We loved the Tobermory Deli and Mull Butcher.
The Isle Of Mull Hotel spa (Craignure) was very reasonably priced and ideal to spend an hour whilst waiting for the ferry home.”
AA - Aberdeen, Scotland - February 2009

“We visit Mull nearly every year for the Tour of Mull Rally.
We find that all of the shops are good, especially the Tobermory Chocolate Shop which has good coffee and a wide selection of chocolates to choose from. Also Mull Pottery does a wide selection of food and is very tasty. We do enjoy the wide selection of walks that are available all over Mull, suitable for all capabilities.”
HK - Elgin, Scotland - January 2009

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