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Fionnphort, Island Of Mull Cruise Port

For a low-key visit to a picturesque town, cruising to Fionnphort on Scotland's Isle of Mull means visiting about 80 residents whose main industries are fishing and removing granite from the quarry. In addition to exporting crabs and lobsters to Spain and France, Fionnphort is the base for ferry service to nearby Iona and Staffa. To give you an idea of just how laid-back it is here, the biggest news of the past ten years or so involves the installation of an ATM; previously, anyone needing one traveled 100 miles round-trip, plus pay a fee per withdrawal (for a fee-free withdrawal, that involved a 120 mile round-trip voyage). It's this level of quaintness that makes it a great place for a walk, well-marked by signs that point to the best beaches and vantage points. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Fionnphort, Isle of Mull:
 
  • Fidden Farm is first and foremost a camp ground, but it's certainly not just for camping. With its coastal location perfect for spotting bottlenose dolphins, whales, and sea eagles, it's also a great place for kayaking. The camp's shop also offers the Selkirk Bannock Bun, a rich fruity dessert that tops off the day's activities with a nice sugar rush.
     
  • For a bit of history (granted, more about Iona's history), visit the Columbia Centre. Featuring a charming turf roof, it combines background information about the island of Iona along with the life of St. Columba, the Irish abbot and missionary who spread Christianity throughout Scotland.
     
  • For the geology buffs, find the rocks just south of Fionnphort jetty where pink granite intermingles with grey rock. If you climb the pink granite hill near to the beach, there's a lovely view of Iona.
     
  • A stop at The Ferry Shop is a must to load up on locally-made gifts and souvenirs, wines, books about the area, groceries, and whatever else you might need for a day out. There's also a post office right in the shop to drop off your postcards. It's also the place to find Fionnphort's lone ATM.
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