Tobar Mhoire (Mary’s Well)
Founded as a Fishing Port in 1788, Tobermory is located on the north-east ‘corner’ of Mull overlooking Calve Island and the northern end of the Sound of Mull.
The town is recognized from its name being used for one of the Wombles of Wimbledon and more recently the children’s television series Balamory, filmed in Tobermory.
It is known world wide for its colourful harbour side buildings and prominence as a safe harbour for sea going yachts and cabin cruisers. The marina has been developed over recent years with full facilities for visiting crews. Larger Cruise Ships often moor at Tobermory for their passengers to visit the town. The paddle steamer Waverley has also visited the harbour.
Tobermory was home to a Royal Navy Training base, HMS Western Isles, commanded by the legendary Vice-Admiral Sir Gilbert Stephenson, during World War II.
The distillery is located at the bottom of the hill down into the town overlooking Ledaig car park and the bay. Mull Museum is located in the town together with a Co-Op, Post Office, and the excellent Mackays Garage where a car can be hired. There are several restaurants, a hardware shop, books shop and crafts shops located in the town.
The ferry to Kilchoan (Ardnamurchan) runs from the harbour which is also a Lifeboat Rescue Station currently working with the Severn Class Lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay. The lifeboat, manned by volunteer crew, is an essential and very valuable part of the Island’s emergency services and frequently called out distress calls.
The town is adjacent to the grounds of Aros Park, owned by the Forestry Commission. There is a coastal footpath from Tobermory to Aros Park running from near the Marina. North of the town on Rubha nanGall is the Lighthouse. A footpath from near the Lifeboat moorings runs along the coast north to the Lighthouse.
The path has deteriorated over recent years and is not easy to negotiate in some sections. As you reach the Lighthouse there is a superb viewpoint overlooking the north end of the Sound of Mull and Arnamurchan Penisular opposite.
The Lighthouse is now automated and work was recently got underway to renovate the old Keeper’s Cottages. Unfortunately the only access to the Lighthouse is by foot on the pathway or by boat.
From Tobermory, Glen Gorm Castle is easily reached with the B8073 taking you to Dervaig past the Mishnish Lochs and Loch Torr.
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