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ZB Travel – Isle of Mull. March 2
By Mike Yardley • March 2, 2013
The Western Highlands and offshore islands are quintessential Scotland. But unlike the Isle of Skye, one of the bonnie Scotland’s less trodden paths, yet most enthralling destinations, is a foray to the Isle of Mull. From the rugged ridges of Ben More and wild moorland to the piercing white sand beaches and wave-lashed cliffs of the coast, Mull is a nature lover’s haven. A natural wilderness that is strikingly diverse and equally dramatic. Wildlife-watching expeditions are immensely popular, and my half day excursion served up close encounters with eagles, otters, dolphins and migrating whales. It is Scottish wilderness, unplugged.
Tell us about Tobermory’s top sights.
Tobermory is a picture-perfect fishing port and yachting hub, positively radiant with merrily coloured waterfront homes and shops. The houses were originally fishermen’s cottages, and many have been turned into B&Bs, pubs and artist studios. Often lashed by frigid winds, if you need a warm-up, totter into the boutique Tobermory distillery, which has been producing single malt whisky since 1798. With more than a billion bottles of whisky exported annually, Scotland is awash with distilleries, but this pint-sized producer is a charmer.
The place to stay is the Tobermory Hotel, housed in a series of multi-storeyed, 300-year-old cottages that line the picturesque waterfront. It is seriously like staying in a doll’s house. This great value family-run B&B hotel is renowned for its local cuisine and the evening dining is a showcase of fresh, sustainable produce
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Coast Magazine March 2012
"The best restaraunt in Scotland?!...we think so!"
Sydney, Australia 2011
We had an absolutely wonderful meal at the Water's Edge in August 2010. The restaurant is located in the Tobermory Hotel which is a small family owned hotel located, as you might guess, on the edge of the waterfront in Tobermory. When we entered the lobby we were greeted by professional and friendly staff who took us through into the lounge where we were greeted by the owner Ian who took our pre-dinner drinks order. It is a lovely relaxing way to start a dinner - and once we were settled with drinks our dinner order was taken so that by the time we were ready to go through to the dining room there was no uncomfortable waiting.
The restaurant is quite small and so I would recommend reserving a table to ensure you can experience this wonderful dining experience. Maybe we've been married too long but we ordered exactly the same meals so can only share the experience of three dishes; started with pear poached in red wine with creamed blue cheese and toasted walnuts throughout the cheese. The main was scallops with asparagus, pureed peas (presented as tiny little dollops around the edge of plate), sliced and roasted potato. The scallops were grilled and absolutely delicious. Dessert was toffee pudding with cream. Fabulous but I couldn’t eat all mine.
We then moved back into the lounge area for coffee and delicious chocolate truffles. It was an extremely comfortable experience - while the food and service is fine dining, the atmosphere is a relaxed friendliness that is not at all familiar - so you leave feeling as if you have enjoyed a meal amongst good friends. It is wonderful to see a restaurant showcasing local and more general Scottish food in such a stylish way - and is in stark contrast to the Cafe Fish where we ate the following night and were distinctly under-impressed with both the food and service. If only Sydney was a little closer to Tobermory we'd be dining at the Water's Edge at every opportunity - it is fabulous!!
"Perfect choice for wedding dinner"
Booked the Restaurant for our wedding dinner and it was the perfect choice. Despite the fact that everything was arranged over phone and Email only, it was very well organized by Andy and Ian. Chef Helen has shown what perfection means when it came to food. The quality was impacable as all sourced locally. The lamb soft and tender and in combination with a goats cheese pastry (normally don't like it) it was simply amazing. The steak didn't need a knife. Impressive. Staff was very friendly and really looked after us. If I could give away stars....have one.