With stunning scenery, rich wildlife and a fascinating history, Mull has plenty to offer those who choose to visit the island. But for those of us with children it can be a tricky job keeping them entertained over the course of a day.
Fortunately there's a few great places to keep young minds entertained for hours, and here we'll take a look at a few of the best places for children in Mull.
The Marine Visitor Centre
Opened in 2012, the Marine Visitor Centre was part of the recently revamped harbour building of the Tobermory Harbour Association. It provides an educational and interactive experience for both adults and children, and outlines life in the working harbour, the local waters and Sound of Mull.
Children can learn about various aspects of life and work in the area, including learning the history of the island, local wildlife, the RNLI and coastguard in the area, fishing, and safety at sea, as well as various other interesting displays.
It also features a large salt-water aquarium which is stocked with local marine life on a regular basis. Touch pools are run every day, so kids can hold and interact with the fish, crabs and other sea creatures which are found in the local seas. There's also a small cinema which shows films of local interest and wildlife videos on a regular basis.
You can find more information here http://www.tobermory.co.uk/activities/mull-aquarium/
There's plenty to discover at the fantastic Aros Park, and it's just a short walk from the bus terminus near the distillery. There are rich woodland walks, a waterfall, a fishing area and a play trail for children to explore, as well as a barbeque area for the warmer summer months.
The views from the park excellent too, and are the perfect backdrop for parents to enjoy while the kids burn off some energy in the park. You can learn more about the park here.
Situated on the waterfront in Tobermory, the Mull Museum is a small building that's densely packed with information about the history of the island. The exhibits cover everything from the early settlers on Mull to the warring clans and castles, right through to the modern day. There's information on farming, fishing, crofting and various other aspects of daily life across the history of the area.
There's a lot of information packed into a small space, so it's easy to spend a couple of hours browsing through the various sections. You can find out more about the museum here http://www.mullmuseum.org.uk/
It's easy to get around Mull with our range of day trips. The Tobermory Topper provides a guided bus tour around the Isle of Mull, our Sea Life Surveys' Seal Cruise offers a short cruise around the bay to see the local seal colony (another great one for the kids!) or you can visit Duart Castle with our joint ticket. There's plenty to keep all the family busy during your visit to Mull.