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The island is well served with shops and services, and is linked to the mainland by three ferry routes, which is operated by Caledonian Macbrayne and run frequently during the summer season. Many people have chosen to make their home here, and to set up business here. We have a high proportion of the self-employed, and an entrepreneurial culture. Our location is a positive asset to those people, either in serving the many visitors and locals, or providing an attractive setting in which to both live and work. Island businesses thrive not despite their location, but because of it. Tobermory was built as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is now the main village on Mull. It is a picture-postcard of a place with the brightly painted buildings along the main street to the pier and the high wooded hills surrounding the bay. The village has a good variety of shops, hotels, and other accommodation as well as being the administrative centre for the island. The harbour is always busy with fishing boats, yachts and the ferry to and from Kilchoan during the summer months. There is reputed to be the wreck of a Spanish galleon somewhere in the mud at the bottom of the bay. The ship was part of the defeated Armada of 1588 and was fleeing the English fleet when she anchored in Tobermory to take on provisions. Following a dispute over payment the ship caught fire which caused the gunpowder to explode.
Mull is a wildly beautiful place. Accessible by ferry from Oban, Lochaline, or Kilchoan, there is plenty for visitors to see and do. Mull boasts attractive villages and mountains, and there are beaches and castles to visit for those wanting a more relaxing time.
The ferry from Oban arrives at Craignure and from here visitors can take the short trip on the Mull Railway to Torosay Castle. Here there are ornamental gardens and, inside, some wonderful 19th Century furniture and carpets.
The largest settlement on Mull is Tobermory, originally founded as a fishing station. It lies on the east coast towards the northern end of the island. Today it is a favourite tourist halt, its many coloured buildings making for an attractive seaside picture. Yachts grace the harbour and there is a Museum and Distillery on the waterfront.
West of the main road from Craignure to Tobermory, northern Mull can be wild and remote, and the roads narrow and single track. A twisty six miles from Tobermory is Dervaig. Further around the coast is the beach at Calgary, widely regarded as the best in Mull. Mull's central areas are surprisingly mountainous, being home to Ben More, the only Munro (individual mountain over 3000ft) outside the Scottish mainland or Skye.
If Tobermory lies at one end of Mull, its other destination for visitors lies at the other. The island of Iona sits less than a mile off the south-west tip of Mull. Iona has been a place of Christian worship for more than 1400 years. St Columba fled here from Ireland in 563 and established a monastery. The conversion of most of Scotland and most of northern England to Christianity followed. Such religious significance makes Iona a place of international pilgrimage.
Tiree is an island known for is sandy beaches, which when combined with its excellent record for sunshine make it an attractive spot for those wanting to get away from it all. Its generally low-lying landscape is interrupted only where it rises to a height of nearly five hundred feet at its very western end. Tiree's land area of 30 square miles supported a population of 4450 at the time of the 1831 census: today the population is nearer 800.
Coll, north east of Tiree and north west of Mull has only about a quarter of Tiree's population on an island twelve miles by three. It, too, is known for its extensive beaches, and it also has a range of prehistoric relics including standing stones and a souterrain.