5 things to do with Kids when you holiday in Tobermory, Isle of Mull

MULL AQUARIUM– The Aquarium is fabulous for a wet day in Tobermory. The touch pool has had a great response from the kids as well as the sea related film showings that are hosted in the building. The touch pool sessions take place every day during the season (April-September) at 10am, 12noon, 2pm and 4pm and do not have any extra cost. Look on there Facebook page for more info. The Aquarium is situated in the Tobermory Harbor building.  You might be in here for quite some time as there is so much to do. If you feel its time to go but your kids think different, you can lure your them out with the one thing that will…ICE CREAM. A small pink parlour in the middle of the Main Street is the only one on the island, the ice cream is very special.

From Mull Aquarium Facebook Page
Touch Pool, Mull Aquarium

Photo Credit: Mull Aquarium Facebook Page.

PLAY PARK- Tobermory has just had a brand new play park installed! This is situated at the top of Tobermory. A short uphill walk from the Main Street will take you there. You can also pass Josie Jumps house (Park Lodge Hotel) on the way, famous for being in the children’s TV show Balamory. This is a nice place for the adults to stop for a wee refreshment en route.

Play Park, Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Play Park, Tobermory

Photo Credit: Playpark Facebook Page 

DUART CASTLE– If your kids like a bit of history this is the place to go, with its grand dining room and suits of armour its sure not to disappoint. There is also Duart Castle Tearoom on site. They make lovely lunches and have a great kids selection, very cute! They are also very good at supporting local produce so you can try some Tobermory Smoked Salmon or Isle of Mull Haggis here. 

Local produce lunch plate, Duart Castle.
Food Plate, Duart Castle. Smoked Salmon, Local Cheese and Ham

Picture Credit: Duart Castle Facebook

GLENGORM- Glengorm is a day in itself. If you plan it well and book in you can go on a guided nature walk with Kerry she also rents out Kids Explorer Backpack Hire, rent for the day and go on a self guided walk only £4 (pictured). I would suggest doing Glengorm on a sunny day so you really can make the most of it. Kids can also design a key ring and paint birdfeeders. Coffee Shop on site is fantastic for lunches, Glengorm Beef Burger is a must eat when you come to Mull, using their own highland beef which is great.

Glengorm Wildlife Centre
Kids with their adventure Backpacks, Glengorm Wildlife Centre.

Photo Credit: Glengorm Wildlife Project Facebook 

PICNIC DAY- Explore outside Tobermory for a day of beach adventure. Calgary Bay is one of the nicest beaches in North Mull. About a 40 minute drive from Tobermory follow the signs to Dervaig and it is just a little further. If you fancy lunch there are plenty of places to stop en route, Am Birlinn, Bellachroy, Calgary Farmhouse all great for light local produce lunches. Calgary Farm House also has a woodland walk, “this holds plenty of treasures for children with a zip wire and a willow tunnel.”

Calgary Arts Walk
Calgary Arts

Photo Credit: Calgary Art in Nature

I really do hope this blog has helped give you some ideas. A lot more to follow. If by chance you have booked your holiday to Mull the first week in July or August you are in for a treat. We are hosting our second and third Street Food Festival then. Wednesday 5th of July and 2nd of August sees a bunch of our best producers in one place dishing you up some tasty Street Food cuisine. 

Street Food Festival, 2016 Tobermory
Street Food Festival, Tobermory 2016
Post by Sally,
The Tobermory Fish Co


5 things to do in Tobermory when the sun is shining

Whether you are only visiting Tobermory for a day or are lucky enough to visit the beautiful Isle of Mull for the whole week I wanted to give you some ideas of things to do to make the most of your time up in the Tobermory area.

1) Get an Ice Cream! ISLE OF MULL ICE CREAM is a small parlour in the centre of Tobermory Main Street. Honeycomb or tablet is my no 1! Kyle also does some super sorbets that are dairy free. 

2) Calgary Beach is beautiful all the time but on a sunny day it truly is stunning. There are some delicious places to stop and eat on route (Bellachroy, Am Birlinn, Calgary Farmhouse Tea Room) or, which brings me nicely on to number 3, why not grab a picnic BBQ and eat alfresco at the beach. If you don’t have a car, there are frequent buses that leave from outside the Coop. *Helpful Hint* Calgary Beach is not actually in Tobermory it takes about 30mins to drive there so make sure you leave enough time to get back so you don’t miss your ferry home! 12112101_10153555659379017_534161095683530249_n(Photo by Rosa Holmes of Aros Mains)

3) Picnic time! THE TOBERMORY FISH COMPANY is situated at the top of Tobermory, Baliscate. We have lots of local produce for sale such as cheese, meat, honey, biscuits, chutneys and seafood, as well as our classic smoked fish. If you are having a BBQ why not grab a pot of King Scallops or a pack of delicious Island Pork Sausages. All year round the freezers are stocked with Glengorm steaks, fish and local bacon. The Smoked Trout Pate and a pack of homemade oatcakes are very popular for family picnics.

4) GLENGORM CASTLE AND COFFEE SHOP is a real hidden gem. If you take a 10-15 minute drive north of Tobermory you will come to a wonderful secluded Coffee Shop. Gail’s food is always a winner. Nice healthy range of dishes and suitable for vegetarians options. If you fancy a walk after your lunch you can visit the Standing stones, go down to the shore or wander around the castle grounds and visit Glengorm Gardens where there are homegrown herbs and vegetables for sale. Inside the Castle is private for guests only however the grounds and spectacular views out to Coll and other Inner Hebrideas are enough to satisfy you.

5) Try your luck at fishing. There are charter boats that can take you out for a day trip fishing (book this on 01688302336).  If you are only in Tobermory for a few hours you can still give fishing in the bay a go. From Tackle and Books on the Main Street you can buy yourself a crab line and some frozen Mackerel for bait. Find a nice spot on the Tobermory pier and wait, you never know what might come along! Obviously you will need to refuel yourself in some way or an other, I recommend the delicious cakes for sale in The Tobermory Bakery. All fishing tackle available to buy at TACKLE AND BOOKS. If you want to skip the fishing and go on wildlife trip there are boats that go out daily, ask in the Explore Mull Visitor  Information  at the Ledaig Car Park for more info. 


Written by Sally Swinbanks, The Tobermory Fish Co.

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