Isle of Mull and Duart Castle Tour – Itinerary
The Isle of Mull and Duart Castle Tour is perfect if you enjoy a ferry ride in spectacular surroundings. It has no less than two such return crossings. You travel down Loch Ness, through Fort William and across the first ferry. A drive through the peninsula of Morvern follows, and then the ferry onto the Isle of Mull. You will visit ancient Duart Castle before recrossing the sea and returning by an alternate route.
The Great Glen
We set off down the Great Glen alongside Loch Ness, Loch Oich, spectacular Loch Lochy and through Fort William. It is here that we reach the west coast and Loch Linnhe, a long arm running in from the Atlantic Ocean.
Fort William is located on the west coast and is the second largest town in the Highlands. It is nowadays often called the outdoor capital of the UK because of all of the outdoor pursuits available in the district. Nestling at the foot of Nevis Range, highest mountain range in the country, rock and snow sports are both popular. The scenery and wildlife in the surrounding area are exceptional. The town itself is a hive of activity with many shops and pubs and the acclaimed West Highland Museum.
Corran Ferry is the first ferry crossing on our tour. We cross Corran Narrows towards the lighthouse at Ardgour. Clan Maclean held the clanlands here, in past times. Arriving on the western side of the salt-water inlet of Loch Linnhe, we make our way through Morvern towards Lochaline in order to catch the ferry for the Isle of Mull.
We take the Fishnish Ferry because it is the shortest crossing between the Isle of Mull and the mainland, (only about 15 minutes). It also offers excellent views of the beautiful Sound of Mull and the ruins of Ardtornish Castle. We usually arrive at Fishnish at 12.13pm, and drive immediately to Tobermory because it is the ideal location for lunch.
Isle of Mull – Tobermory
Tobermory is the pretty capital of the Isle of Mull. It has a great range of souvenir, crafts and gift shops and is well appointed with bars and restaurants. It is famous for all the colourful harbourfront houses, and also being the setting for the childrens’ TV series; Balamory.
Duart Castle is the clan seat of Clan Maclean. It dates from the 12th century and was restored by Sir Fitzroy Maclean in the early years of the 20th century. It has featured in the movies “When Eight Bells Toll” – 1971, and “Entrapment” – 1999. After spending most of the afternoon on the Isle of Mull, we begin our journey back, using the same ferries because of both timings and economy. We usually aim at arriving at Lochaline at 4.43pm.
After passing through Fort William we reach the Commando Memorial. Standing on a hilltop with stunning 360 degree views, the magnificent bronze monument commemorates the commandos. Those hardy troops used the harsh ground of these mountains and moors from 1942 until 1945 because they made for an ideal tough training area. With good weather there are also great views of Ben Nevis from here.
We then return along the Great Glen back to Inverness, taking, where time allows, some different scenic back roads.
Isle of Mull and Duart Castle Tour – Price
£510 for the tour. Ferry tickets are separate online purchases for you. The ferry tickets will be about £68 total for the party for the day. But this may vary slightly as a result of the number of people in your party.
Isle of Mull and Duart Castle Tour – Departure
The tour departs from your Inverness accommodation, or any transport hub, such as bus station, train station or airport. You tell us, and we’ll be there.