A Lovely Afternoon In Colourful Tobermory
Many of you will already recognise Tobermory from the popular childrens programme Balamory. Famous for its colourful buildings – we wanted to check it out and fortunately it was on route to our Puffin watching trip.
Tobermory is the capital of, and the only burgh until 1973 on, the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides.
It is located on the east coast of Mishnish, the most northerly part of the island, near the northern entrance of the Sound of Mull.
With a current population of approximately 1000, the town was founded as a fishing port in 1788, its layout based on the designs of Dumfriesshire engineer Thomas Telford.
Read more here.
With amazing luck we parked around five steps away from Isle of Mull Ice Cream, so this was our first stop (before lunch, but hey ho we’re on holiday).
I had the pineapple & chilli, Chris had vanilla and both the kids had chocolate. It was delicious!
Well worth the mucky faces!
Ok, yeah, we’d just had icecream – but we were still starving – call ice cream the starter. We went for lunch at the Pier Cafe, mainly because it was adjacent to HMS Grimsby we were in awe of. We actually nearly walked on board it thinking it was open to public – but we soon realised it was indeed a fully working member of our Majesties Naval Force! It was cool!
I had a Squat Lobster sandwich with Marie Rose sauce, it was delicious
Chris had a Burger with Mushroom sauce
And the kids had beautiful home made fish fingers – they were smashing (i got to finish them off)
A Walk Down the High Street
We needed to get to our pitch for the night, but needed to pick up some essentials. Unfortunatly we are really reliant on having local shops and at times in Mull you can find yourself quite a long way away from a shop or having to completely go without something (as we found out the next morning when we needed water) so its best to plan ahead and be prepared.
If staying around Tobermory you will get everything you need, there are some fantastic shops – and great gift shops for you to get some prezzies for home…
And this very famous shop Jane McDonald went in that sells absolutely EVERYTHING. We picked up some midgy spray too as they had begun invading the motorhome.
We needed to get back to the van and find our pitch for the night. Tomorrow was puffin day……and we (I) was so excited…..we wanted to get some rest so we were on top form for those loveable gorgeous animals!
Tobermory had been lovely – we were completely stuffed and had loved window shopping down the famous highstreet! I defo recommend a visit to Tobermory & Mull!