Monday, 5 October 2015

Tobermory, Scotland
a colourful jewel in the Isle of Mull.

Tobermory (Gaelic: Tobar Mhoire) is the only town on the Isle of Mull, one of the Scottish Inner Hebrides.

It is located in the northeastern part of the island, near the northern entrance of the Sound of Mull, and is the starting port to visit Staffa and Iona.

The pier divides Tobermory Bay in two, as well as the waterfront houses on Main Stret.

Tobermory was founded as a fishing port in 1788; its location, landscape and unique seafront deserve to be highlighted here at Ultima Thule

Population ~ 700  (up to 1500 in summer)
Coordinates: 56° N, 06° W 

Brightly painted buildings line up along the main street to the pier, backed by tree-lined hills surrounding the bay.

Also on main street by the harbour pier, the Clock Tower from 1905 is now the town's symbol.

The waterfront Main Street is the most animated shopping area. For such a small town, Tobermory's economy has benefited a lot from tourism.

The Main Street runs by the bay to the Caledonian Macbrayne ferry pier. Back and upwords, Argyll Terrace is the historic Victorian street.

Tobermory owes its origins to the British Fisheries Society and their search for likely sites for fishing communities in western Scotland in the 1700s. A distillery was later founded there as Ledaig distillery, in 1798

Downtown, on the seafront, mirrored in the waters are little shops, restaurants, guest houses and even a local museum.

Some of the best historic houses by the pier, like the Clydesdale Bank and the Museum (right).

Tackle and Books

Not many bookshops have such a pretty front facing a bay's calm waters.

Books, computer and officeware, as well as artist material for painting.

Guest houses on Main Street.

The Tobermory Hotel.

Blue, red and pink are the most frequent colours in the waterfront.

The Museum

Run by volunteers, it is quite small but well documented on Mull's History.

Seafare: waterproof clothing, diving and fishing equipment, some gifts too.

The central bakery, now also a tea room.

A long time favourite.

MacGochans Pub, the most well-known.

Uptown Tobermory has less shops but the best views. Back Brae and them Argyll Terrace are also first choice residential areas.

From Back Brae, the roof chimneys and the bay:

Argyll Terrace, away from downtown bustle, is quiet and full of character.

A B&B on Argyll Terrace.

The Paris Church

Also located on Argyll Terrace, on upper Tobermory, the Parish Church (Church of Scotland) is a Victorian gothic-style building, opened in 1897.

Music concerts are frequently held at the church, under the rose window.

An Tobar

On a corner of Argyll Terrace, close to the Church, An Tobar is one of the main attractions in Tobermory.

Opened in 1997, An Tobar is Mull’s Arts Centre, a focus for arts activities on the island. An art gallery (the only one in Argyll), a small concert hall, cafe, shop and workshop area.

An Tobar is installed in the refurbished Victorian primary school.

An Tobar has a cycle of concerts at the Church during the annual Mendelssohn festival.

With a terrace overlooking the splendour of Tobermory bay, An Tobar is always worth a visit.

The harbour

Tobermory's little harbour is always busy with fishing boats and yachts.

Other visitors are the ferry to and from Kilchoan and some cruise ship in Summer.

The ferry at the "Cal Mac" pier.

The Waverley, a steamer from Glasgow - the last steam ship to take passengers - is a summer visitor to Tobermory.