Ten things to do in Tobermory, Scotland

What to see in Tobermory

Tobermory is the main village on the Isle of Mull and at just under 1,000 inhabitants, the village is compact and easy to navigate.  The village was founded as a fishing port in 1788 with its layout designed by engineer Thomas Telford.  Recently, Tobermory found fame as the backdrop to children’s television programme Balamory.   The pretty  and colourful harbourside is a draw for visitors from all over Scotland so it can get busy in the summer.  Remember to pre-book your accommodation and any dining you really want to visit.

Tobermory comes from the Gaelic “Tobar Mhoire” meaning ‘Mary’s Well.’ One dedicated to St Mary is located at the top end of the cliff.


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Map of what to see and to in Tobermory


Here are 10 things to do in Tobermory.

1. Visit Mull Museum

Through photographs, items from the past and more, Mull Museum tells the story of the island.  Entrance is free with the museum open from Easter until the end of October, Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm.  For more information, visit the Mull Museum website 

mull museum tobermory
2. Have a dram at Tobermory Distillery

The distillery in Tobermory was established in 1798, and has had a long and varied history.  Tobermory single malt is unpeated and if you prefer a smoky whisky, the Ledaig range is for you.  The distillery is open Monday to Sunday 11 am until 4 pm with tours daily.  For more information, visit the Tobermory Distillery Website. 


tobermory distillery

3. Take a photo of the colourful seafront

TOP TIP: For the best photo of Tobermory Harbour, stand next to the benches overlooking the waterfront in Ledaig car park. The photo

tobermory mishnish colourful houses

4. Enjoy a hot chocolate at Tobermory Chocolate

Funnily enough, there is always time for a hot chocolate in my life.  Tobermory Chocolate shop not only sells a delicious array of chocolates, they serve a thoroughly decadent hot chocolate. For more information, visit the Tobermory Chocolate Website.

tobermory chocolate hot chocolate

5. Buy some biscuit booboos

Around a 5 minute drive away from the town you will find the best honesty shop ever.  Island Bakery sell their bakery boo boos as well as a wide range of biscuits.  See if you can resist not buying a car load!  For more information, visit the Island Bakery Website. 

island bakery tobermory

6. Visit Tobermory Fish Co.

The smoked trout at Tobermory Fish Co is the best in my opinion, delicate and tasty.  Visit their shop for their full range as well as extras such as Edinburgh Butter and East Coast Cured.  For more information, visit the Tobermory Fish Co Website. 

tobermory fish co

7. Enjoy the food at The Mishnish

Inside the colourful buildings at the Tobermory harbourside you will find The Mishnish, a bar, restaurant and hotel.  Just look at that portion of fish and chips!  For more information, visit The Mishnish Website.

food at mishnish pub tobermory
8. Say hello to the cherub

This beautiful cheeky cherub was presented to the town at the completion of Tobermory waterworks.  Robert Strathern, the civil engineer in charge of the project, presented a drinking fountain to the town in 1883.

cherub fountain tobermory

9. Enjoy fine dining at An Cala Ciuin

Tobermory has a wide array of eating establishments from The Galleon to Hebridean Lodge and The Pier Cafe.  One of the places that is sure to bring many more visitors is An Cala Ciuin.  Their fine dining menu here is worth the journey.

an cala ciùin tobermory

10. Visit Tobermory Clock Tower

Built in 1905 to commemorate the life of the sister of Mrs Bishop who died in Toberymory.

clock tower tobermory

How to get to Tobermory

Tobermory is easy to reach on public transport, it is a long journey, however, the scenery is stunning.

Train from Edinburgh or Glasgow – Oban. Find up to date information on the ScotRail website.

Ferry from Oban – Craignure (Isle of Mull) f you are a foot passenger you don’t need to book in advance.  Purchase your tickets at Oban Ferry Terminal .  Find the latest timetable at CalMac website

Bus from Craignure – Tobermory. Remember to check the bus timetable to ensure that your train and ferry times match up (this is Scotland!).  Find up-to-date information on the bus timetable at West Coast Motors


Where to stay in Tobermory

We stayed at The Mishnish which is a bar, restaurant and hotel.  A comfortable and cosy room with a luxurious bathtub.  In the room was a kettle with tea and coffee acoutriments, some books to read, tv and a window seat to admire the harbour view.

There is a wide variety of accommodation available in Tobermory, click here to visit the Visit Scotland website for their listings.


ten things to do in tobermory




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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