We were headed to Scotland and thus faced with the usual dilemma—deciding where to go and what to see. Our first thought was to go to the Isle of Skye. I’d heard about it for years, seen the photo of the famous castle at water’s edge, etc. and thought it would be a natural destination for this trip. Plus it has a neat-sounding name. “Isle of Skye” conjures up all sorts of misty and mystical images in my mind.
It turns out that it’s pretty darn difficult to get oneself to the Isle of Skye. It is at the northern tip of Scotland, and from either Edinburgh or Glasgow, it would be pretty much a full-day journey. Once on Skye, transport options were also a bit limited. Bus service didn’t seem to be that frequent and we were’t particularly interested in renting a car. (Despite living in Hong Kong for six years, the thought of driving on the left gives me the heebie-jeebies.) With just 10 days, we didn’t want to devote two simply to transport.
So we looked elsewhere and discovered a whole other section of the Inner Hebrides that was well worth visiting. A friend suggested the Isle of Mull, which is much closer to Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Isle of Mull, which it turns out is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides (after Skye) but fourth largest Scottish island, proved to be a great base for exploring land and sea.