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The Mull boat trips you have to take!

The Mull boat trips you have to take!
The Hebridean island of Mull has so much to offer, from stunning scenery to wonderful walking. But to make the most of Mull you need to take to the water. Enjoy spectacular views from the sea, visit neighbouring islands and get up close and personal with a host of wildlife, including dolphins, seals, whales and sea eagles. Ferries run from Mull to a number of islands and local operators offer specialised boat trips, from wildlife sea safaris to island adventures. Here are the Mull boat trips that should be top of your list!

Iona sits less than a mile off the south western-most tip of Mull. Catch the CalMac passenger-only ferry from Fionnphort on Mull and in ten minutes you’ll land on this beautiful Hebridean island. Iona is only 1.5 miles wide by 3 miles long, so it’s small enough to explore on foot or by bike. Discover secluded beaches, wild flowers and ancient sites. Iona Abbey is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites and is just a short walk from the ferry. The abbey was founded by St Columba and became the heart of the early Scottish church. A restored 13th-century medieval abbey, founded by Benedictine monks, now stands on the site of Columba’s original building.

Another great ferry journey is to Ulva, a tiny island that sits just off the west coast of Mull. The ferry runs on demand – you summon it by uncovering the red panel at the ferry station – and the journey only takes a couple of minutes. You can travel to Ulva by public transport from Craignure on the Ulva Ferry Community Bus, run by volunteers, taking in the dramatic scenery of the west coast of Mull.

A boat trip to Staffa, an uninhabited island near Mull, is an unforgettable experience. It’s a 45-minute journey and you’ll get the chance to see wildlife galore along the way. Staffa is best known for its basalt columns and spectacular sea caves. The most famous of these is Fingal’s Cave, immortalised by Mendelssohn in his Hebrides Overture. Look out for the bore-hole at Gunna Mor which creates a dramatic thunderous noise when waves strike the cliff below. You can extend your trip to the Treshnish Isles, where you can get up close and personal with puffins on Lunga. A number of boat operators on Mull offer trips to Staffa, including Staffa Tours and Turus Mara.

The Atlantic waters around Mull offer brilliant whale-watching opportunities. The most common whale seen around here is the minke whale, but there are occasional sightings of humpback whale, fin whale and orca. Your best chance of spotting these spectacular creatures is to join a boat trip dedicated to whale watching. Sea Life Surveys and Whale Watch With Us run whale watching safaris from Tobermory on Mull. Their speedy vessels will get you out to the whale feeding grounds in no time. This area is also known as a basking shark hot spot. Basking Shark Scotland offers basking shark boat trips with the chance to get in the water and swim and snorkel alongside these gentle giants. Tours run from May to September, with June, July and August being the peak season for shark spotting.

Mull is famed for its eagles. Spotting a white-tailed eagle, also called the sea eagle, is considered by many to be the highlight of a trip to Mull. Weighing up to 15lb and with an eight-foot wing span, it’s the UK’s largest bird of prey. From the land, you can watch the birds sitting in their nests or soaring high above, but from a boat you can really see them in action. Mull Charters, which operates from Ulva ferry on the west coast of Mull, has designed a trip that will get you close up without disturbing these magnificent creatures. They can be seen swooping down to pluck fish from the surface of the sea from as near as 25ft from the boat.

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