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The natural beauty of Mull and its surrounding islands is second to none – and the perfect way to experience it is in your own boat.
The Benmore Estate occupies 32,000 acres of the Isle of Mull and is full of all manner of potential adventure – plus a great place to stay in the form of Knock House, a glorious Victorian hunting lodge where you can experience the life of the Scots. laird.
Yet, as beautiful as Mull is, there are dozens of points on the map that offer a huge range of different things to see and do. Fortunately, the estate has its own private boat, the Benmore Lady, which can take guests from Knock House to all of the other islands.
You’ll see bow dolphins, white-tailed sea eagles soar above, whales and orcas migrating through the cool waters, a basking shark hotspot, seal colonies, puffins and more .
This true summer adventure is a superb introduction to the islands and seas of the Hebrides, a mini-utopia of islands ready to be explored. Here’s a look at what you can expect to find.
Your island base
From the colorful capital of Tobermory to the hidden lochs, ancient forests and towering mountains of the 32,000-strong Benmore estate, the Isle of Mull has so much to offer. But if you’re looking to see the Scottish Isles from another perspective, the estate’s boat, the Benmore Lady, offers unparalleled freedom for a true adventure at sea.
30 minute cruise
The whole island is dotted with caves and formations made up of basalt columns, but the most famous of these is Fingal’s Cave, which inspired Felix Mendelssohn to write his infamous ‘Opening of the Hebrides’.
10 minute cruise
An island where you can discover the history of the first Scottish colonies, dotted with archaeological excavation sites, anchored in the history of the island in a spectacular setting of land and sea.
40 minute cruise
This island is known as the birthplace of Celtic Christianity in Scotland. St Columba came here in AD 563 to establish the Abbey which still stands to this day in this incredibly peaceful and tranquil location.
45 minute cruise
There are eight main islands and dozens of smaller ones in this archipelago. The largest of these, Lunga, is known to be a puffin hotspot. And once you’ve passed the Sound of Mull, it’s time to start watching for dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, and whales – this is prime cetacean territory.
Mairi Hedderwick, the illustrator and author, lived in Coll and used the island as the setting for her Katie Morag children’s book series – which in turn spawned a very popular BBC adaptation. In the books, Coll is known by the fictitious name of Struay Island.
With its sandy beaches and rolling waves, this 30 square mile island is a surfer’s paradise dubbed “Hawaii of the North.” Every year it hosts an annual Tiree World Classic surf event.
To inquire about availability and to book your Scottish Island experience, please contact the team at [email protected] or visit www.benmoreestate.co.uk
The Benmore Estate is a ‘32,000 acre adventure playground’ – as the owners describe it – on the Isle of Mull,