Tobermory, Scotland Cruise Port
Sail through the Sound of Mull to find the charming cruise port of Tobermory, Scotland. Located within the picturesque Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides, Tobermory is the capital and, in fact, the only burgh on the island. A town of only around 700 residents, its history goes back to at least the 1780s, when it was founded as a fishing port. The town is steeped in legends; there's allegedly a lot of gold at the bottom of Tobermory Bay, courtesy of a wrecked Spanish galleon. Whether or not there are untold riches in the area waters, the town is a popular locale for British television programs, thanks to its colorful shops and houses. If you’re looking to enjoy the rugged outdoors along with diverse eateries and unique gifts, this is absolutely the place for you. Here are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Tobermory, Scotland:
The Tobermory Distillery is famous for its Scotch whisky; founded in 1798, it was originally called Ledaig and is one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. The tour through the facility is informative and entertaining, and the sampling of a dram (or two) is a bonus. For a unique gift, take along a box of whisky fudge.
The Mull Museum may be small, but it's full of artefacts and photographs relating to the island's history. There's also a section regarding the geology that built the island – mostly volcanic in nature. What started in the 1970s as a temporary exhibition has grown to become one of the town's most popular attractions.
The gorgeous Aros Park can be reached from town by a scenic footpath. The loch (lake) is man-made, but lovely nonetheless; add the rushing waterfall and lookout from Alainn View that takes you above the trees. It's a day in nature you won't soon forget.
Whale watching tours are popular here, and your chance of spotting these majestic marine creatures is very good. Along with minke whales, you may see harbor porpoises, seals, and other dolphin species. If you're lucky, your voyage may even include a blue whale.