8 reasons to go wild about Glasgow & Mull & Iona

The Heart & Soul of Scotland

If you love culture then you’ll love Glasgow. There’s a thriving arts scene, with many creatives making their home here. The city is home to fantastic theatres, independent cinemas, music venues and art galleries, and there are cafés, restaurants and bars galore. 

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Half a day’s journey away by rail and sail are the beautiful Hebridean islands of Mull and Iona where thee are even more delights for the culture-loving foodie. Discover the Mull and Iona Food Trail, learn about the island’s rich history and spot some of its wonderful wildlife. Here’s why you should pair Glasgow with Mull and Iona on your next short break.

Glasgow & Mull and Iona

Glasgow

#1 Shop till you drop

Follow the fashionistas to Princes Square, Glasgow’s leading speciality shopping destination. You’ll find loads of great shops and places to eat, as well as the only boutique cinema in Scotland, run by Everyman Cinemas.

#2 Make for the music hall

Visit the Britannia Panopticon, the world’s oldest surviving music hall. Over the years all the greats of the Scottish and London music hall stage appeared there including, most famously, Stan Laurel who made his debut at the venue in 1906.

#3 Take a trip to Trongate

Head to Trongate 103 for artistic inspiration. Housed in a former Edwardian warehouse building, this centre for art hosts an exciting programme of exhibitions throughout the year. It’s also home to one of Glasgow’s most unique visitor experiences - the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre. Trongate is one of Glasgow’s oldest streets.

#4 Eat, Drink and Play

For lunch try Mono, the relaxed vegan café in Merchant City. Its in-house record shop, Monorail, provides the soundtrack. For dinner go to Gamba, Glasgow’s best-loved seafood restaurant and winner of the UK Seafood Restaurant of the Year Award. For after-dinner drinks head to Gin71. Gin aficionados will love this place! Another great option is Ox and Finch on Sauchiehall Street.

Stay at the Carlton George, a boutique hotel at the heart of the city complete with rooftop restaurant. Or how about Grasshoppers Hotel Glasgow, which is located just next to Glasgow Central Station.

Glasgow & Mull and Iona

Mull and Iona 

#5 Iona adventure 

Visit the beautiful island of Iona which sits off the south western-most tip of Mull. Discover beautiful bays, panoramic views and historic sites. Iona Abbey, just a short walk from the ferry, is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred places. You can take a coach trip with West Coast Tours. Catch the CalMac ferry from Oban to Mull and then a bus from Craignure on Mull to Iona.

#6 Time out in Tobermory

Tobermory is arguably the most attractive fishing port on the west coast of Scotland, with brightly-painted houses clustered around a sheltered bay. There are some great shops, cafés and galleries. Check out the Mull Aquarium at Tobermory Harbour.

#7 Stunning Staffa

Take a boat trip to Staffa, the dramatic, uninhabited island best known for its magnificent basalt columns and spectacular sea caves. Go ashore to see the famous Fingal’s Cave which inspired Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. Boat trips to Staffa sail from both Fionnphort and Ulva Ferry.

#8 Eat, Drink & Play

For lunch head to Argyll Hotel on Iona where you’ll find local produce and fresh seafood on the menu. The views over the Sound of Iona are stunning. For dinner, book a table at the wonderful Pennygate Lodge on Mull. The food is exceptional; this year Head Chef Jordan Clark was a finalist in the ‘Chef of the Year’ category at the Scottish Food and Drink Awards. Feast on the finest Scottish and Mull ingredients expertly prepared as you look out onto Craignure Bay.

Stay at Pennygate Lodge, which has six lovely rooms. Newly opened in 2018, it's close to the ferry terminal and exquisitely decorated. 

Travel

The Glasgow Subway is the easiest way to get around the city centre and west end of Glasgow. To get to Mull & Iona, you can catch the Scotrail train from Glasgow to Oban and a CalMac ferry from Oban to Mull.

West Coast Motors operates a bus service on Mull and you can catch a short passenger-only ferry from Mull to Iona. A number of operators offer boat tours in the area. 

Visit Glasgow

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Visit Mull and Iona

The Hebrides are nearer than you think. Visit Mull and Iona for an island adventure. See ancient castles, sparkling sands and incredible wildlife. 

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Partnership

'The Heart & Soul of Scotland' campaign is a partnership between Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative and Glasgow Life, supported by partners: Visit Scotland, Argyll & Bute Council, Love Loch Lomond, ScotRail, Calmac Ferries, Loganair, Enterprise rent-a-car and West Coast Motors.