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Coast | Mull

Unspoilt coastal landscape

Mull at sunset c/o Visit Scotland

Mull lies at the centre of a group of islands off the west coast of Scotland, and is treasured for its unspoilt landscapes, fascinating geology and diverse wildlife.

It's a mecca for bird spotters, whale watchers and those looking for wild habitats.

Mull's wildlife adventure starts here

Mull boasts a wide range of scenery from beaches and sea caves to waterfalls, mountains and forests.

The main town on Mull is Tobermory, characterised by its multi-coloured shops and attractive harbour which is a good starting point for wildlife trips on land and by sea.

The southern peninsula of Mull is known as 'the Ross of Mull', and is renowned for its granite landscape and spectacular beaches.

Marine life

whale finThe western coast of Scotland is one of the richest marine habitats in Europe, and the Isle of Mull is especially blessed.

With a coastline measuring over 300 miles, Mull is a great place to see porpoises, dolphins and whales.

Twenty four species have been recorded off these shores from basking sharks to killer whales.

Minke Whales are commonly sighted in these waters, affectionately known as 'stinky minke' because of their fishy breath!

A whale watching boat trip can be an unforgettable experience with some operators using sonar to spot the Minke Whales, which are amongst the least understood whales on the planet.

Each whale can be uniquely identified from its dorsal fin, and 65 individual whales have already been named and recorded off the west coast of Scotland.

A good time to catch pods of the whales is between April and October when the waters off the west coast of Scotland are alive with food for these magnificent mammals.

Sea EagleBird life

Mull is also a haven for birds - it's a big hot spot for White Tailed Sea Eagles, one of Scottish biggest and rarest birds of prey with a six feet wingspan.

They are easy to spot with their distinctive brown body and white tail - look for them taking fish from the surface of the water and plunging to find food.

Another good place to see them is on rocky ledges which act as perches.

These birds were non existent in 1975 but a re-introduction programme has been a great success and there are now 30 pairs.

The best location to watch them is from a public hide run by the Forestry Commission, RSPB and others at Loch Frisa on Mull.

Habitat heaven

Highland cattleVenture inland and you'll find a very different type of wildlife living the island's forests and mountainous regions.

Look out for Highland cattle, one of the area's hardiest residents.

Mull is also a Mecca for geologists with its famous igneous rocks and landscapes created by volcanic activity 60-50 million years ago.

The island has also been shaped by the Ice Age which left deep 'U' shaped valleys and lochs.



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