A little trip to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull

With just one day left of our mini Scotland trip, we had decided not to do the Isle of Mull. It’s a tiny place but jam packed with lots to see and do, so we were going to be sensible and take it easy and we had agreed that we would come back again one day and do a trip especially for it. We were going to pop to Inveraray castle instead and have a potter about.

Then we changed our minds around lunchtime and decided to just “pop over” to Mull and see what it was like. A kind of small taster where we could explore but take it very easy. We were so close it would be a waste not to take the ferry at least! By the time we had lunch and got over to Oban, it was mid afternoon so we didn’t really leave much time but we didn’t mind and bought tickets to take the ferry to Craignure. I’ve never sat on a ferry before (and I’m not even sure how!) so I was pretty excited, especially as our destination was going to be Tobermory, where they film Balamory. Little Z had been obsessed with it when he was younger and so this would be so much fun for him. We told him in the car about how we were going to see Balamory and his response was a blank look followed by “what’s that?”. Uh oh. He’d obviously moved on and forgotten all about it and didn’t look too interested in visiting this magical place from his toddlerhood. Maybe he would be excited when we got there?

Tobermory is at the very eastern point of Mull so takes the longest to get there. It’s about 40 minutes in the car and the drive is just beautiful. You pass all sorts of stunning views, as well as sheep, cyclists, caravans and people so it ends up being a longer drive than you expect. It’s a lovely little fishing town founded in 1788, with only a population of about a 1000 and it doesn’t take very long to make you way around. We decided to stick to all the main roads but there is a map you can follow to find all the houses from Balamory. Some are now different colours to what they were in the CBeebies series but it’s a fun little thing to do if you’re completely bonkers about the programme. You should be aware that Archie’s castle scenes were all filmed in North Berwick (shock, horror) so you won’t be able to spot the tower in Tobermory.

There is a little museum, distillery and a few nice looking restaurants (the fish ones look particularly nice). The dolphin and whale centre and tours caught my eye and it would have been something I’d have loved to have done if we were there for longer. I’ve seen dolphins before but never a whale in its natural habitat so I think I’d really like to do that one day. You can also do boat tours to different places and one place on my list is the fingal caves. It’s a sea cave on the Isle of Staffa and known for its natural acoustics. The cave is formed from lots of basalt hexagonal looking columns. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before in another post but I think it’s one thing we’ll definitely go back for.

Little Z had a nice little run about Tobermory but kept looking at me funny each time I emphasised “it’s Balamory!”. He definitely wasn’t bothered by it and looked pretty fed up after an hour. I think it’s at that point that i began to worry about CBeebies frying my brains a bit. Still, I was really happy to have finally seen it all and so glad we decided to pop in even if it was just to the one place. It’s a charming little place and well worth a visit.

A little video of our trip…

Extraordinary Chaos


  1. Suzanne May 12, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Looks great Tas. I’ve so often seen it from a distance (on the ferry) but never actually got off! Funny how quickly kids forget isn’t it? X

  2. Tony Travels May 15, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    What a great looking little sea side town and an awesome place to plan a trip to! It’s absolutely beautiful and looks like you and your family are having lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love that light house in the first photo. Always had a soft spot for light houses but this one definitely looks better than most.
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  3. Susan Mann May 15, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    Aww this is so lovely. I’d love to go to Tobermory. Not sure the kids would be as excited, although A did like it up until recently. She watches more grown up shows than the boys. It looks so beautiful though x

  4. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) May 15, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Tobermory looks like a beautiful place. I would have been excited over seeing the places from Balamory too – even if the children might not be so excited about it! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. Mini Travellers May 22, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    We would be so excited to go to Balamory too but I know have that blasted song stuck in my head! Lovely photos! #MondayEscapes
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  6. Sarah Christie May 22, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Ha ha this really made me giggle, Joe used to LOVE Ballamory and when you share your pic on instagram or was it in another post I was so giddy and showed him. He too looked blank and couldn’t remember, I think it has friend our brains. What a beautiful place to visit and shame you never had time for the Dolphins #MondayEscapes x
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  7. Christine May 22, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    We spent a week in Mull a few years back and loved it. I can definitely recommend the trip to Staffa (and Lunga) if you ever get a chance to go back – but you’ll need to remember seasickness tablets! #mondayescapes
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  8. chickenruby May 23, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    THANKS FOR THAT, I’M NOW SINGING BALAMORY. When the show first came out our youngest loved it, but the eldest hated it when we drove to Bristol and saw all the coloured houses on the hill side and we sang the song
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  9. Sol Solntze May 23, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Huh. I did not know that Balamory was really Tobermory. I’ll be honest, though, and say that I am rather ecited by its real name, what with the Wombles and all. Showing my age there! Lovely looking place, whatever.

  10. Jane @ Raincity Librarian May 26, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    I’d never heard of Balamory before this post, so I had to go and look it up to see what all the fuss was about! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Travelling With Our Kids May 27, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Ive always wanted to go over. Our eldest loved watching Balamory when younger. Although he probably wouldnt be bothered about it. #MondayEscapes

  12. Elaine Livingstone April 8, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    The scenery is stunning, we have only done it by coach trip, roads are rather narrow but plenty of passing places and a lot of courteous local drivers.
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