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Isle of Mull with young children


We are planning on visiting the Island of Mull in August 2017 for a week (self-catering).  Children will be close to 5 and 8 years old.  Both like outdoors (as do parents).  Any suggestions, including wet weather activities such as indoor play, swimming pool; would be helpful in understanding options. Also, any suggestions on interesting, child-friendly outdoor activities, particularly if this includes horse/ pony riding.




  • Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Mull is a fantastic island for children.  I've been going for years and my kids loved it when they were young. 

    There's the obvious appeal of Tobermory aka Balamory.  Tobermory also has a small museum and an aquarium for rainy days.  The Crerar Hotel at Craignure has a swimming pool which I'm sure is open to the public. 

    Duart Castle and Moy Castle are both worth visiting.  Duart would be a good rainy day option as there's lots to see inside. 

    There's a stunning beach at Calgary Bay they can play on and nearby you'll find an Art/Nature trail which is great fun to explore. 

    There are lots of opportunities to look for wildlife including seals, otters and eagles.  Oh and watch out for the famous Tobermory Cat too.  There are also wildlife safaris via boat and car.  In August you may just catch the last of the Puffins on the Isle of Staffa.  That's a fantastic boat trip out to Fingal's Cave. 

    There's also the beautiful Isle of Iona a short ferry hop away.  There are ruins, beaches and a great little hill called Dun I to climb.  Easily manageable for children and with a rewarding view.

    Enjoy - Mull is wonderful.  


    I'm a Scottish travel blogger and freelance writer with an extensive knowledge of travelling in Scotland.  I'm always on the road exploring my wonderful country.  I love remote places, history and the great outdoors. 

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