The Islands

Mull is not simply a destination in itself, but also the gateway to some of the other smaller yet equally famous and interesting islands that lie in close proximity.

Ulva

Ulva is reached by a small passenger ferry (no cars, but cyclists are welcomed). There is a visitor's centre describing some of the history and diverse geology of the island. In recent years an old croft building has been restored, complete with thatched roof.

Ulva is the birthplace of Lachlan MacQuarrie who is regarded as the “Father of Australia.” Although born on Ulva he is buried on Mull, and his grave there is still maintained by the National Trust of Australia.
Iona Abbey
Iona

Iona is a small, fertile crofting island, currently inhabited by around 130 people. For many centuries it has been an island of special significance for all Christians. A tiny island, of typically Hebridean beauty, it holds a unique place in the story of Scotland and kindles the imagination of thousands who journey there each year. Yet it is also where people have lived, worked and worshipped over many centuries. To and from its shores have come monks and pilgrims, clan chiefs and kings, artists and craftsmen, farmers and fishermen.

 


StaffaFingals Cave, Staffa
This uninhabited island, only half a mile long by a quarter of a mile wide, is famous for its basaltic formations, distinctive stepped columns created when the lava of volcanic eruptions cooled many millions of years ago. It was Mendelssohn who perhaps came closest to capturing the magic of Staffa in the Fingal's Cave overture, which he wrote in 1832, having visited Staffa three years before. The approach to Staffa by sea is breathtaking, great basalt columns flanking the deep caves, which have inspired so much praise. Staffa attracted the attention of many of the great figures of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The island became an accepted venue on the cultural grand Tour of Europe.