2010 & 2011 Mull Activity Reviews from Back Brae Lodge Guests
“Best mussels at the Mishdish
and best hospitality in the Mishnish. The Water’s Edge restaurant was faultless, venison to die for and pudding we had to let the belt out a few notches for.”
“I played golf twice on Tobermory Golf Course.
The views from the course are spectacular and the condition of the greens and fairways is first class. We saw Sea Eagles as we played and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The course’s position high up on Mull makes it an ideal spot to view the spectacular coastline.”
“We got to Iona and it was lovely.
We were able to sit on the North Beach in the sun for several hours. Did lots of walks around Tobermory - to the lighthouse, Ardmore Bay, Glengorm, Treshnish, Aros Park etc. We loved the coffee shop inside the Chocolate Shop (try the Malteser chocolate cake) at the far end of the harbour, and also the one at Mull Pottery. We had lovely meals at Café Fish and The Park Lodge Hotel (the rib-eye was spot on) and of course the large fish and chips from the harbour. It is sad to see that you have lost your butchers and fishmongers. I was able to buy 2kg of scallops from a fishing boat at the quay. They were cooked the same night in white wine. The tour of the Distillery was well worth the visit and we came away with a nice bottle of 10 year old Tobermory.”
“Every evening we took a little walk along the harbour.
Splendid garden at Torosay Castle and wonderful sightseeing from Duart and Glengorm Castles. The finest walk was along Loch Ba and the River Clachaig. But also we will not forget the visit to the Isle of Iona with the abbey, and the Isle of Ulva.”
“We enjoyed the restaurant Café Fish,
very convenient with great food.”
“The great thing about the location
is that everything you need (ie the supermarket, restaurants and shops) are so close by. Regarding the island I truly recommend a driving tour round the north, stopping at the fine sandy beach at Calgary. We were fortunate enough to have incredible weather when we were up, but the scenery is impressive. We were there for a wedding so our touring was somewhat limited, but Glengorm Castle provided a beautiful backdrop for the bride and groom.”
“Our highlights were probably on our boat trip to Staffa and Lunga.
We didn’t realise that puffins were so tame! We also had a fantastic day on Calgary beach, the white sand is amazing. We were also very impressed with Aros Park - had some lovely walks through the forest and the views from the pier over to Tobermory Bay were really spectacular. Last but certainly not least we have to mention the Mishnish bar, it’s an institution - loved it! ”
“It would be fair to say we knew we were visiting in a period beyond ‘off-season’
and more like ‘close season’. We were therefore very pleasantly surprised to find most places still open and we enjoyed eating out. If I was to recommend one place, I would insist every visitor tries to get a table at Cafe Fish. Food, atmosphere, staff - all perfect.”
BD - Argyll, Scotland - November 2011
“We went to Café Fish twice it was so good.
Mull is fantastic.”
FW & CW - North Yorks, England - September 2011
“Particularly enjoyed a great film in the An Tobar Arts Centre
on the Tobermory Otter - delightful - and eating in the Golden Dragon Thai on the harbour, and from the Les Routiers Chippy! Perhaps our favourite drive was the scenic road down to Iona, going along Loch na Keal at about 8am at slackwater in the morning sun and paddling on the shell beach at northeast Iona with a view of Staffa.”
JP & JP - Birmingham, England - September 2011
“Being familiar with Tobermory
we knew what to expect of the Mishnish Hotel and McGochan’s, but I think it’s worth pointing out the excellent value for money for food at the MacDonald Arms. We had dinner at the Galleon Grill and were really impressed both with the food and the atmosphere. The other surprise was Am Birlinn at Penmore, Dervaig, which was excellent.”
“We only cooked breakfast
as the choice to eat out in Tobermory is great. There are plenty of local walks to do, plus the whole island is easily accessible to explore. We booked a wildlife trip with Arthur and Pam Brown and this was fantastic.”
“We loved Cafe Fish opposite the RNLI
on the end of the quay, and would give them a strong recommendation to your other guests - but you must book as it is not very big.”
“One of the benefits of living so close to the town
was the range of restaurants within a short distance. We particularly enjoyed the fish and chip van, the seafood place above the ferry terminal, and the Mull Pottery café. Our best trip of the week was taking the ferry from Ulva to see the puffins and Fingal’s Cave. It was a magical experience but worth waiting for a fine day weatherwise. Another good trip out is a wildlife tour with Mull Magic, as they take you to explore areas you might not find on your own, and they are both very knowledgeable - especially about birds.”
“We thought the Co-Op provided everything you needed
and the smaller shops including ‘Arkwright’s’ (Brown’s) were excellent. We would recommend the Café Fish and we were lucky enough to see both sea eagles and golden eagles.”
“The MacDonald Arms along Main Street
was really lovely, with welcoming staff and locals.”
“We really enjoyed our lunch at Am Birlinn
on the road to Calgary Beach, and also we had a wonderful lunch in Café Fish at the ferry terminal at Tobermory. We also took a trip to Ulva on the wee boat and had a great walk and lunch at the restaurant there.”