Originally built as a fishing port, the Tobermory Port is now the main village of Mull, Scotland. The town is popular for its brightly colored buildings along its main street to the pier. These buildings make the town a popular place for filming children’s TV programs. Tobermory comes from the local word “Tobar Mhoire”, which means “Well of St. Mary”.
It is said that a Spanish Armada sunk in the harbor. The warship was supposed to carry millions of gold coins. However, scuba divers have not yet found any treasure beneath the ruins.
Silverware and other items made of gold are sold at the Isle of Mull Silver and Goldsmith. Their bestsellers include Celtic crosses and cufflinks bearing the Scottish Hallmark.
The Isle of Mull Soap Company sells handmade cold process soaps, bath salts, lip balms and glycerin soaps. You can see how the soaps are made in their workshop while browsing for your purchases. Souvenirs can be bought at the Corner Shop which is also a small grocery store.
One of the most photographed buildings in Tobermory is the Tackle and Books Shop. They sell artist materials, books and fishing equipment. Educational toys are sold at the Tobermory Togs and Toys. You can find musical puzzles, jigsaws and singing dolls in the shop.
Things to See
The Glengorm Castle is 4 miles from the town center and is the perfect location to view the summer sunset. A coffee shop and art gallery is open for visitors during summers. You can stroll outside the gardens and order your home-made meal, produced from the castle’s own market garden.
You can also visit the Aros Park where varieties of trees and shrubs were grown by the Aros family. The Tobermory Distillery is an old distillery that was reopened in 1990. They have two popular products; a blend and malt.
If you’re an art enthusiast, you should visit the An Tobar, an art gallery hosting different exhibitions every month. You may be lucky enough to meet the ‘artist in residence’ at that time.
You should also try Killiechronan’s Pony Trekking during the summer. They are not available during the winter and reservations should be made prior to going there.
Restaurants and Bars
The Café Fish Restaurant has their own boat for their daily servings of shellfish, squid and cods. Oysters, mussels, salad leaves and herbs are picked and supplied daily from the neighboring village of Glengorm. Dine at the Tobermory Chip Van near the Tobermory cruise port and enjoy your cooked to order scallops while seagulls parade at the waterfront.
Beef burgers and hand-dived scallops are the menu specials at the Posh Nosh Café behind the town’s Post Office. Steaks and the best of Scottish cuisine are served at One Up at the Mish Restaurant. It is located above the Mishnish Hotel near the pier.
Home cooked food is served at the Macdonald Arms and is considered to be one of best value places to dine in Tobermory. You can also enjoy 10% discount on takeout orders at the Sagar Indian Restaurant, located near the town center.