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Isle of Mull v Isle of Skye

Hello helpful people! We are going to Scotland in September. We have a few days to go to one of these Isles. We will be driving and plan to do some easy day hiking. Would love advice on which Isle to choose from people who have explored both. Mull would save some travel time and be less touristy. Skye has the big rep. Your thoughts? Thank you. Susan

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With your considerations, go with the Isle of Mull for natural beauty and also hop over to the Isle of Iona and visit the Iona Abbey. it helps that the starting point is Oban, one of my favorite communities and also home to Oban Whisky.

Posted by
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I think I would go with Mull, unless you are a super hiker and mountain climber. Skye is gorgeous, and yes there are some hikes for the non-super hiker and athlete, but in my mind that is where Skye excels. I loved Mull. It was quieter. There were fewer people. I liked Duart Castle over Dunvegan. I like going to Iona. Have you seen the video on the eagles of Mull? Watch it, it's wonderful.

If you can get to Staffa, it was great too. I did the Two Island Tour as I was already on Mull. I stayed in Tobermory. I wandered the backroads for one day and went to Staffa and Iona the second day. I wish I had stayed another day.


Posted by
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Mull. Mull is quieter, in part due to its single track road network, and is often viewed as merely the road to Iona, but has more to offer. Duart Castle near Craignure also feels more family than some other castles of its ilk.

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Thank you all for these responses. They are very helpful. I'm thinking that it will be Mull. Susan