Tobermory, the island’s main town, is a picturesque little fishing port and yachting centre with brightly painted houses arranged around 2 sheltered harbours, with a grid-patterned upper town as the setting for the children’s TV programme Balamory, the town swarms in summer with toddlers towing parents around looking for their favourite TV characters (frazzled parents can get a Balamory booklet from the tourist offices in Oban and Tobermory).

Places to go on a rainy day include Mull Museum, which records the history of the island. There are also interesting exhibits on crafting, and on the ‘Tobermory galleon’, a ship from the Spanish Armada that sank in Tobermory Bay in 1588 and has been the object of treasure seekers ever since. There’s also an Arts Centre, an art gallery and exhibition space, and the Tobermory, which offers guided tours. Tobermory’s tiny distillery, established in 1798, produces two award-Winning malt whiskies - Tobermory 10-year-old and Ledaig 10-year-old.

Tobermory is a picturesque town that is a real hidden gem and worth a visit on your tours of Scotland.