To strongly suggest you all consider the Isle of Mull for your family holiday next summer

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mrsmaturin Sat 30-Aug-14 23:15:03

Just back from our fortnight there and it's such a brilliant family holiday place that I feel the need to enthuse......

Lovely beaches, clean sea

Wildlife watching that even young children can join in with - and some fantastic sights. A White tailed Eagle landed about 50 ft from our car as we were driving to the ferry this morning...

The ferry - fab fun and v child friendly way to travel

Iona and Ulva - really lovely opportunities for a day trip that involves a ferry ride

Swimming pool - for wet days

Lots of options for family bike rides and walks

AND we've come home with tans too

I agree. I live in glasgow so have been relatively often. It's great. And so's Arran.

YABU. If everyone goes, we won't all fit. grin

Mull is beautiful.

mrsmaturin Sat 30-Aug-14 23:19:38

We would like to go to Arran too - and Coll and Tiree and Islay......trouble is we are such Mull addicts we can't bear to go anywhere else.....

Minions Sat 30-Aug-14 23:19:43

Ah Mull is lovely, glad you had a great time! And there's a hut which sells amazing seafood where you get the ferry in Oban. They do things like hot smoked salmon sandwiches, perfect for the ferry trip to Mull.

I want to go back <googles weekend deals> smile

mrsmaturin Sat 30-Aug-14 23:20:28

That's a good point backwardpossum - you notice I'm not saying where we stay wink

FelixFelix Sat 30-Aug-14 23:25:14

Minion the smoked salmon sarnie I had from the hut next to the ferry port at Oban a few months ago was literally the most delicious thing I've ever eaten! I think about it daily.

CarryOn90 Sat 30-Aug-14 23:30:02

YABVU, the reason I love it is because for the most part it's completely deserted. Shhhhh don't spread the word

CarryOn90 Sat 30-Aug-14 23:30:35

Anyone else been to the mussel farm there??

mrsmaturin Sat 30-Aug-14 23:32:11

Overall visitor numbers have declined over the last decade. So yes we like it emptyish but the island does need visitors to sustain it.

mrsmaturin Sat 30-Aug-14 23:47:14

Inverlussa mussel farm? No but we went past a couple of times grin. We went round a corner near there and saw a mother and baby otter running down the road a couple of years ago - one of many, many unforgettable Mull moments. We like to think they'd just been in for a few mussels.......

AlbertoFrog Sat 30-Aug-14 23:49:16

Yes yes yes ... we're just back from a two night stay and we soooo wished we'd had longer on Mull. Managed to cram in "Balamory" and Iona as well as rock pooling, walking, swimming and relaxing. Ferries were fab, beaches were beautiful, weather terrific and the prawn sandwich from the seafood hut simply delicious. Definitely going back.

YANBU smile

MrsBungle Sat 30-Aug-14 23:50:42

Yep it's gorgeous. I've sober many holidays there and on Skye and other areas in the west and highlands. This year we went to cornwall which was SO busy and overcrowded in comparison. I'll be back to Scotland next year.

mumblechum1 Sat 30-Aug-14 23:50:58

We used to go to mill regularly, staying at glen gore castle. Have abiding memories also of the chip but ties on the ferry oversmile

MrsBungle Sat 30-Aug-14 23:51:14

Sober?! Spent. definitely not always sober

mrsmaturin Sat 30-Aug-14 23:58:39

I think comparisons to Cornwall are quite apt - it's kind of like that - But BETTER grin

Molio Sun 31-Aug-14 00:02:45

YABU. My family have been going to the next door island every summer for over 150 years; it's way better smile

Molio Sun 31-Aug-14 00:04:25

MrsBungle: you've sobered many hols there? All credit!

Molio Sun 31-Aug-14 00:05:32

Oops - cross post sad

MrsBungle Sun 31-Aug-14 07:52:24

I tried to rectify that post ASAP! grin

combust22 Sun 31-Aug-14 08:03:52

I agree, a wonderfil place, I have happy memories of childhood holidays there.

However- as I live in Scotland- a dreich rainy place nothing beats two weeks in a sun drenched place in the Med. Our summer holiday is precious and I need guaranteed weather.

ACED Sun 31-Aug-14 08:22:26

one of the best places we ever stayed was in the Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse (Scottish National Trust) - absolutely brilliant views and wildlife but the drive down is a bit scary as it is very steep - but well worth it smile

(Some very sheer drops though so might not be restful with small children!)

VivaLeBeaver Sun 31-Aug-14 08:25:27

What about the midges?

And what is there to do if it rains apart from the swimming pool?

tilliebob Sun 31-Aug-14 08:26:34

I love Mull! We went over to Iona and from there to Staffa, which is one of the most amazing places I've ever been. I can't describe how much the place touched me. It's been a long time since I was there actually, must take my kids there and let them experience it for themselves grin

Iggi999 Sun 31-Aug-14 08:30:47

ACED - don't send people to Mull to look for the Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse!

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