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Our Guide to Tobermory
Tobermory Harbour contains 26 visitor moorings. 25 of the moorings are sutible for boats up to 15 tons and the other one is for boats up to 60 tons.
The THA Pontoon also has 50 water berths. Water and Electricity are included and Diesel fuel is available at the pontoon.
Tobermory began in the 1700’s with the British Fisheries Society showing interest in the natural harbour and building a small community there. Tobermory owes a lot of it’s fame to the legend that surrounds it. There are tales of a Spanish Galleon that sank in the area after the battle with the British Fleet. It sank after a fire caused by the locals when the ship stopped to resupply. The gunpowder magazine exploded and caused the ship to go down. Both kinds of reports differ in the name of the ship however. One claims it was the San Juan de Sicilia and the other claims it to have been the Almirante di Florencia.
This is a big difference. While the former was only a troop ship, the latter reportedly carried £300,000 in gold bullion although no record of a ship has yet been found in the bay. Aside from that, the town also was the location of the childrens T.V show ‘Balamory’ and has become increasingly popular ever since by tourists and fans. Tobermory has an extremely distinctive appearance in it’s brightly painted frontages of many buildings. The town has both a memorial park and a golf club to the North as well as the 4-star B&B, Glengorm Castle.
Things to see and do
The aforementioned Tobermory Golf Course is well worth a visit any time. This 9-hole golf course is great fun and offers good views over the bay whilst you play. For more nature, Aros park sits just half a mile from the town centre and is extremely well cared for. It provides numerous services for free including parking, toilets and barbecue facilities whilst offering a variety of woodland and wildlife to watch.
A visit to the Mull Museum is great. Mostly run by volunteers with an extensive knowledge of the area, the museum contains tons of information about Mull and the surrounding area. While we’re on the topic of tours, why not go to the Tobermory Distillery. A short trip around this famous and renowned distillery will leave you with a happy feeling as you meander back to the beach to enjoy your free bottle.
There is also a Marine Exhibition (located at the top of the pontoons in the Harbour Associations building “Taigh Solais” (Gaelic for ”lighthouse”), which has a fantastic display of the history of the waters around Tobermory Bay, and is set to become the UK's only 'catch and release' aquarium! With a Zoo licence already acquired and a big seawater tank in place, they will be brining in weird and wonderful sea creatures for four weeks at a time before they are released back to the sea, and replaced by other mysterious ocean dwellers.
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Eating and Drinking
Café Fish sits right on the seafront of Tobermory and is famous for it’s excellent service, amazing quality and divine food. All fish is caught fresh and the café is decorated beautifully. There’s no end to the variety of fish dishes served here, and none of them will burn a hole in your pocket either.
Alternatively, the Galleon Grill on the seafront offers options for those who prefer other types of meat than fish. The food served here is exquisite, and the restaurant is stylishly furnished to make you feel as relaxed as possible. Be warned though, book in advance as this restaurant is extremely popular with everyone around.
A visit to Tobermory wouldn’t be complete with a trip to the Isle of Mull Ice Cream Parlour. The Ice cream served here is talked about all the way down in Kent and offers a bunch of different flavours.
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|Address:||Tobermory HA, Taigh Solais, Ledaig, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6NR|
|Long / Latitude:||N 56° 26' 20" W -6° 2' 43"|
Bottled gas, Chandler, Disabled facilities, Electrical supply, Electrical repairs, Engine repairs, First aid, Fresh water, Fuel: Diesel, Fuel: Petrol, Hardstanding / Boatyard, Internet café, Laundry facilities, Lift-out facilities, Parking, Pub / Restaurant, Sail repairs, Shipwright, Shop / Supermarket, Showers, Slipway, Toilets, Telephone, Trolleys, Visitors berths, Wi Fi
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Getting to the Marina
A Flight to Glasgow Airport will leave you with multiple options to get to Tobermory. Coaches and Trains are both available, although neither run direct to the town.
A train from Glasgow to Oban followed by a ferry and the 495 bus service will set you back six and a half hours.
The 976 coach to Oban, followed by ferry and then 495 to Tobermory usually takes around five and a half hours.
Car Journey is the most preferable. From Glasgow in the South East, the A82 and A85 will eventually get you to Tobermory although not after using up four hours of your time first.