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Encyclopedia > Isle of Mull
Tobermory with 700 people, the largest settlement on Mull, is home to the only whisky distillery on the island.

The Isle of Mull (or simply Mull; Muile in Scottish Gaelic) is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland in the council area of Argyll and Bute. Tobermory, Isle of Mull. ... Tobermory, Isle of Mull. ... Tobermory, Mull Tobermory is the capital of and the only burgh on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. ... Scotch whisky Whisky (or whiskey) (from Irish uisce beatha and/or Scottish Gaelic uisge baugh, both meaning water of life, and ultimately a calque derived from Latin Aqua Vitae (see below)) is an alcoholic beverage distilled from grain, often including malt, which has then been aged in wooden barrels. ... Distillation is a means of separating liquids through differences in their boiling points. ... Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig; IPA: ) is a member of the Goidelic branch of Celtic languages. ... The Inner Hebrides are a group of islands off the west coast of Scotland, to the south east of the Outer Hebrides. ... Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within Europe Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... The council areas of Scotland form the local government areas of Scotland, all of them unitary authorities. ... Argyll and Bute (Earra-Ghaidheal agus Bòd in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council areas in Scotland, and a Lieutenancy Area. ...


In the 2001 census the usual resident population of Mull, Iona and Ulva was 1,841; in the summer this is supplemented by many more tourists. Much of the population lives in Tobermory, the only burgh on the island until 1973, and its capital. Census 2001 is the name by which the national census conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001 is known. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... Tobermory, Mull Tobermory is the capital of and the only burgh on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. ... A sign in Linlithgow, Scotland. ...


Ferry links to Mull from the mainland include Oban to Craignure (approx. 45 minutes), Kilchoan to Tobermory and Lochaline to Fishnish (approx. 15 minutes, suspended in rough weather). The Oban to Craignure link requires car drivers to be there 30 minutes before departure (advance booking strongly advised for summer Saturdays) (locals can usually avoid this, but not in busy summer months). While Fishnish is a further drive north (advanced bookings not required), it is often the quickest route if you are confident with single-track roads. The Pride of Burgundy, a P&O Ferries car ferry on the Dover-Calais route A ferry is a boat or a ship carrying passengers, and sometimes their vehicles, on scheduled services. ... View of Oban from Druim Mor. ... Craignure is a village on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. ... Kilchoan is a village on the Scottish peninsula of Ardnamurchan. ... Fishnish is a ferry terminal on the Isle of Mull. ...


Ferry links from Mull travel to the surrounding islands of (from Fionnphort) Iona and Ulva. In past years there were direct sailings to Oban (calling at Drimnin, Salen, Lochaline and Craignure – daily except Sunday) and Barra (calling at Coll and Tiree – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – returning direct to Oban on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) from Tobermory. During the summer there was also a sailing to Staffa and Iona from Oban which called at Tobermory. The principle port of the Ross of Mull, and largest settlement in the locale (its population is approximately 70). ... Iona village viewed from a short distance offshore. ... This article is about the Scottish island of Ulva. ...


The Isle of Mull Railway runs from Craignure to Torosay. The Isle of Mull Railway operates a 260mm line, 1. ...

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Features

Duart Castle, Isle of Mull
Duart Castle, Isle of Mull

Mull has a coastline of 300 miles (≈480 km). Its landscape is primarily moorland, with a few peaks, and its climate is moderated by the Gulf Stream. The highest peak on the island is Ben More (3169 ft / 966 metres). Image File history File links Duart Castle, Isle of Mull. ... Image File history File links Duart Castle, Isle of Mull. ... Duart Castle, Isle of Mull Duart Castle is a castle on the west coast of Scotland, located on the Isle of Mull within the council area of Argyll and Bute. ... Heaths are anthropogenic habitats found primarily in northern and western Europe, where they have been created by thousands of years of human clearance of natural forest vegetation by grazing and burning on mainly infertile acidic soils. ... For the album by Ocean Colour Scene, see North Atlantic Drift (album) The Gulf Stream is orange and yellow in this representation of water temperatures of the Atlantic. ... Ben More, meaning meaning big hill in Scots Gaelic is the highest mountain and only Munro (mountains in Scotland that reach an elevation of 3,000 feet or more) on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. ...


The island is home to over 250 different bird species including the White-tailed Eagle, which was reintroduced in the nearby Island of Rùm and migrated to Mull, where they now have a stronghold. Minke whales, porpoises and dolphins are among the sea life that can be seen on boat tours from Mull. Binomial name Haliaeetus albicilla (Linnaeus, 1758) The White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) is a very large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which includes other raptors such as hawks, kites and harriers. ... Reintroduction is the deliberate release of animals from captivity into the wild. ... Rùm (a Scottish Gaelic name which is usually anglicised to Rum) is one of the Small Isles, in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. ... Binomial name Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacepede, 1804 Binomial name Balaenoptera bonaerensis Burmeister, 1867 Minke Whale range Antarctic Minke Whale range Dwarf Minke Whale range The Minke Whale or Lesser Rorqual is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. ... Genera Neophocaena Phocoena - Harbor porpoises Phocoenoides - Dalls Porpoises The porpoises are small cetaceans of the family Phocoenidae; they are related to whales and dolphins. ... Genera See article below. ...


Mull has some historic features, such as the Duart Castle. There are also several shipwrecks around the shores which scuba divers can visit. The mausoleum of Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales from 1809 to 1822 may be found on the island (Macquarie had been born on the nearby island of Ulva) and serves as a point of pilgrimage for the few Australians who venture there. Duart Castle, Isle of Mull Duart Castle is a castle on the west coast of Scotland, located on the Isle of Mull within the council area of Argyll and Bute. ... A shipwreck is the remains of a ship after it has sunk or been beached as a result of a crisis at sea. ... Early ideas of autonomous under-water systems appear in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Scuba diving is the use of independent breathing equipment to stay underwater for long periods of time for recreational diving and professional diving. ... Governor Lachlan Macquarie Colonel Lachlan Macquarie (31 January 1762–1 July 1824), British military officer and colonial administrator, served as Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821 and had a leading role in the social, economic and architectural development of that colony. ... Emblems: Floral - Waratah (Telopea Speciosissima); Bird - Kookaburra (Dacelo Gigas); Animal - Platypus (Ornithorhynchus Anatinus); Fish - Blue Groper (Achoerodus Viridis) Motto: Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites (Newly Risen, How Brightly You Shine) Slogan or Nickname: First State, Premier State Other Australian states and territories Capital Sydney Government Governor Premier Const. ...


History

Mull has been inhabited since around 6000 BC. Bronze Age inhabitants built menhirs, brochs and a stone circle. The Bronze Age is a period in a civilizations development when the most advanced metalworking has developed the techniques of smelting copper from natural outcroppings and alloys it to cast bronze. ... A menhir is a large, single upright standing stone (monolith or megalith), of prehistoric European origin. ... Dun Carloway broch, Lewis, Scotland The Broch is an Iron Age dwelling of a type which is unique to Scotland. ... Swinside stone circle, in the Lake District, England. ...


In the 14th century Mull became part of the Lordship of the Isles. After the collapse of the Lordship in 1493 the island was taken over by the clan MacLean, and in 1681 by the clan Campbell. This 14th-century statue from south India depicts the gods Shiva (on the left) and Uma (on the right). ... Lord of the Isles, now a Scottish title of nobility, originally referred to a series of hybrid Viking/Gaelic rulers of the west coast and islands of Scotland in the Middle Ages, who wielded sea-power with fleets of galleys Although at times nominal vassals of the King of Norway...


In 1588 one of the ships of the Spanish Armada, Florenica, was moored in Tobermory Bay and blown up there, reputedly with £300,000 of gold bullion on board. 1588 was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ... Combatants England United Provinces Spain Commanders Charles Howard Francis Drake Duke of Medina Sidonia Strength 34 warships 163 merchant vessels 22 galleons 108 merchant vessels Casualties 500 dead or wounded 600 dead, 397 captured 3 merchant ships sunk 1 merchant ship captured The Spanish Armada or Great/Grand Armada (Old... General Name, Symbol, Number Gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11 (IB), 6 , d Density, Hardness 19300 kg/m3, 2. ...


During the Highland Clearances in the 18th and 19th centuries, the population fell from 10,000 to less than 4000. The Highland Clearances were part of a process of agricultural change throughout the United Kingdom, but the late timing, the lack of legal protection for year-by-year tenants under Scottish law, the abruptness of the change from the Clan System in the Scottish Highlands and the brutality of many... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Tour of Mull

The Tour of Mull is a closed road rally event held on the island every October during the 2-week school holidays by the 2300 Club. Entrants are serious competitors in serious cars. While the 2300 Club members benefit from their superior cars, the locals benefit from their supreme knowledge of the roads and thus anyone can win. It has been called by many publications including Motoring News as "The Best Rally In The World". However, to many locals the event is a serious inconvenience and the illegal practising beforehand makes the roads extremely dangerous. Rallying (international) or rally racing (US) is a form of automobile racing that takes place on public roads with modified production or specially built road cars. ...


Previously sponsored by Philips, it has been sponsored since 2005 by Tunnock's, the biscuit manufacturer. Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics N.V.), usually known as Philips, (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. ... The Tunnocks are family bakers in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland. ...


Movies and TV

Mull has featured in a number of movies over the years. These include Entrapment, Highlander: Endgame, Eye of the Needle, I Know Where I'm Going, Kidnapped (1971) and When Eight Bells Toll.


Just traveling to Mull may lead you through some movie scenes. For example, driving to Mull from the east (to the Lochaline to Fishnish ferry link) may lead you through some of the scenes featured in the Harry Potter movies. Fishnish is a ferry terminal on the Isle of Mull. ... The official Harry Potter film logo This article is about the Harry Potter series. ...


The BBC children's TV series Balamory features Tobermory. Balamory is a live action television series on UK TV (BBC Two and CBeebies) for preschool children based around the small (fictional) island community of Balamory in Scotland. ... Tobermory, Mull Tobermory is the capital of and the only burgh on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. ...


Simon King went on location to Mull for the first week of Springwatch with Bill Oddie, where he observed a resident family of white-tailed eagles – a male and female named Skye and Frisa respectively, and their two chicks, Itchy and Scratchy. Simon King is a UK television presenter and cameraman, specialising in wildlife programmes. ... Springwatch with Bill Oddie is a live BBC TV show, broadcast nightly, Monday - Thursday, from 30 May - 16 June 2005. ... Binomial name Haliaeetus albicilla (Linnaeus, 1758) The White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) is a very large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which includes other raptors such as hawks, kites and harriers. ...


Gordan Buchanan returns to his native Mull to record a year in the life of the wildlife. First broadcast on BBC2 in October 2005 under the title of 'Eagle Island' the programme focuses on sea eagles, golden eagles, otters, minke whales, porpoises, basking sharks and dolphins to be found off Mull. The programme lasts 50 minutes. Binomial name Aquila chrysaetos Linnaeus, 1758 The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is one of the best known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere. ... Genera Amblonyx Aonyx Enhydra Lontra Lutra Lutrogale Pteronura Otters are aquatic or marine carnivorous mammals, members of the large and diverse family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, polecats, badgers, and others. ... Binomial name Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacepede, 1804 Binomial name Balaenoptera bonaerensis Burmeister, 1867 Minke Whale range Antarctic Minke Whale range Dwarf Minke Whale range The Minke Whale or Lesser Rorqual is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. ... Genera Neophocaena Phocoena - Harbor porpoises Phocoenoides - Dalls Porpoises The porpoises are small cetaceans of the family Phocoenidae; they are related to whales and dolphins. ... Binomial name Cetorhinus maximus (Gunnerus, 1765) The Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus), also known as the Bone Shark, is the second largest fish alive, after the Whale Shark. ... Genera See article below. ...


Geography

Settlements

The capital is Tobermory. It was the burgh on the island until 1973 when burghs were abolished. Other settlements on Mull include: Tobermory, Mull Tobermory is the capital of and the only burgh on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. ... A sign in Linlithgow, Scotland. ...

Mull shown within Argyll
Mull shown within Argyll

Bunessan is a small village in the south of the island of Mull, on the west coast of Scotland. ... The wide sand beach at Calgary, Mull, is possibly the best on Mull and its idyllic location makes it one of the finest in Scotland. ... Craignure is a village on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. ... The principle port of the Ross of Mull, and largest settlement in the locale (its population is approximately 70). ... Fishnish is a ferry terminal on the Isle of Mull. ... Drawn by me File links The following pages link to this file: Isle of Mull Categories: GFDL images ... Drawn by me File links The following pages link to this file: Isle of Mull Categories: GFDL images ... Argyll, archaically Argyle (Airthir-Ghaidheal in Gaelic, translated as [the] East Gael, or [the] East Irish), sometimes called Argyllshire, is a traditional county of Scotland. ... Knockan is an area and particular cottage in the community of Ardtun, in the south of the island of Mull off the west coast of Scotland. ... Lochbuie is an isolated settlement on the island of Mull. ... Salen could be one of two villages in Scotland : Salen, Ardnamurchan is a village on the Ardnamurchan penninsula in the Highland region of Scotland. ...

Islands

The island is surrounded by a number of islands, the largest of which are:

See also the Geology of Mull. Eorsa is an uninhabited island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. ... Erraid is a tidal island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, lying west of Mull (to which it is linked by a beach at low tide) and south east of Iona. ... Gometra is an island in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, lying south west of Mull. ... Inch Kenneth is an uninhabited island off the west coast of the island of Mull, Scotland. ... Iona village viewed from a short distance offshore. ... Little Colonsay is an uninhabited island west of the island of Mull in Scotland. ... Fingals Cave around 1900 View from West to East Staffa (Norse for staff, column, or pillar island), an island of the Inner Hebrides in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. ... Puffins on Lunga. ... This article is about the Scottish island of Ulva. ...


References

  • Jo Currie (2001), Mull: The Island and Its People, Birlinn Ltd

External links

Sunrise over the Sound of Mull
Sunrise over the Sound of Mull


Sunrise over The Sound of Mull File links The following pages link to this file: Isle of Mull Categories: GFDL images ... Sunrise over The Sound of Mull File links The following pages link to this file: Isle of Mull Categories: GFDL images ...

Islands of the Hebrides
Inner Hebrides
Ascrib Islands | Canna | Cara | Coll | Colonsay | Crowlin Islands | Danna | Easdale | Eigg | Gigha | Iona | Islay | Jura | Kerrera | Lismore | Luing | Lunga | Oronsay | Muck | Mull | Rùm | Seil | Shuna | Skye | Soay | Tiree
Outer Hebrides
Barra (Isles) | Benbecula | Harris and Lewis | North Uist | South Uist

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Welcome to the Isle of Mull and Iona. (570 words)
Dolphins, whales and basking sharks are seen regularly around Mull and the 200 smaller islands and rocky outcrops that surround it.
Mull is indeed a wild and stunningly beautiful place but it also has attractive villages and settlements scattered amid its glens and along its hugely indented coastline.
Mull is an island that bewitches the visitor with its amazing geology and its Celtic and Viking past but perhaps the most captivating thing of all is that the sea seems everywhere you look and every twist in the road presents yet another dazzlingly beautiful seascape.
Mull and Iona Chamber of Commerce - Holiday information site (503 words)
The isles of Mull and Iona lie off the west coast of Scotland.
The Isle of Mull is deservedly well known as a holiday island, with superb walking, fishing and outdoor pursuits amid spectacular scenery.
There are campsites, hostels and bunkhouses for the more energetic as well as a large range of self catering accommodation to suit families and parties of all sizes.
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