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Edinburgh to Mull

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Edinburgh to Mull

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We're a party of 4 adults starting our Scotland visit in Edinburgh mid-June. Looks like we can get to Oban via train, rent a car there and catch a ferry to Mull-- Tobermory-- in a single day. Does that sound about right or will we be rushed? The plan is to spend four days on Mull. Any suggestions? We love to hike, but we're open to sea & wildlife adventures. Thanks.

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1. Re: Edinburgh to Mull

on www.trainline.com the journey from Edingburgh to Oban is just over 4hrs with a change in Glasgow. The ferry is about 45mns but you would need to be there at least 30mns before etc...sounds like a very long day. I would suggest overnight in Oban and hire the car and ferry the next day.

We spent 3 nights in Tobermorey...a pretty fishing village with options for walking and sea trips. You can get to Staffa from Iona (depending on time of year etc)...all of this takes time as you will be driving on mainly single track roads...but all very enjoyable scenery

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2. Re: Edinburgh to Mull

Why pay to take a hire car on the ferry? Go over as foot passengers and hire on Mull. You don't need to book ferry tickets ahead if not taking a car.

I've not got any personal experience of hiring on Mull but there are several places to do so. Google is your friend, or post on the Mull forum

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3. Re: Edinburgh to Mull

It's an easy and very scenic four-hour train journey from Edinburgh to Mull, with one change at Glasgow. A quick glance at the timetable shows that you could leave Edinburgh at a civilised 9.30 am and be on Mull the same afternoon.

Don't pick up a hire car in Oban, because you will then have the unnecessary expense of taking it to Mull and back on the ferry. Cross to Mull as foot passengers and pick up a pre-booked hire car on Mull. The ferry berth is a very short walk from the rail station at Oban.

Have a great trip.

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4. Re: Edinburgh to Mull

Usual warning do not book rail tickets with The Trainline they add fees book direct with the operator Scot Rail, the train journey to Oban is spectacular, make sure you get in the correct coach of the train as usually the trains split during the journey one half goes to Oban the other to Fort William. You would need enough time to pick up the car, check you are allowed to take it on ferries. Sailings to Craignure are every 2 hours & take about 45 mins. Journey time from Craignure to Tobermory 30-45 minutes. Remember on Mull many roads are single track & narrow with passing places. If this is your first time hiring a UK car quite an introduction & availability of Auto transmission will be very limited in Oban.

Mull is a fantastic place in addition to Tobermory visit Calgary Bay & the Treshnish, drive over & take the boat across to Ulva great walking & views.

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5. Re: Edinburgh to Mull

I would be tempted to drive from Edinburgh to Oban (and pick up the car somewhere easy like EDI airport). There are some beautiful and easy routes you can take through the Trossachs which would allow you to see some wonderful views. If you pick the right crossing (ie avoid Saturdays) then a return fare for a car from Oban to Craignure is £67. I'd be surprised if your rail fares were less than that, and the convenience of not having to lug your bags around 3 different train stations and down to the ferry terminal in Oban, then get a taxi at Craignure (which is basically a jetty next to a shop and filling station) to wherever the car hire place is, would make that money well-spent at twice the price for me.

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6. Re: Edinburgh to Mull

Train or drive - your decision, OP! But I suspect the additional cost of hiring a car from Edinburgh, plus the fuel costs (not cheap here in the UK, as you no doubt know), plus the ferry fare, will make the drive-all-the-way option more expensive than the train, especially if you book the train in advance for the cheaper fares. Plus the train ride is more relaxing, of course.

No need to worry about taking a taxi from Craignure to the car hire depot on Mull - both of the Mull car hire firms will deliver to Craignure free of charge.

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7. Re: Edinburgh to Mull

Thanks to all who've posted here. We'll take the advice and hire a car on Mull. I just read of an alternate rail route from Edinburgh to Fort William. In that case it would appear an overnight stay would be best before Mull. But where to stay? Fort William, Mallaig, or Oban? Any suggestions?

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8. Re: Edinburgh to Mull

Edinburgh to Fort William is via Glasgow Queen Street, change of train. This is the same train as goes to Oban but the train splits at Crianlarich half goes to Oban the other half to Fort William. If you go to Fort William you are further away from Mull.

If you travel onto Mallaig there is a ferry to Skye which you can take a car or an alternative ferry to the small isles of Rum, Muck, Canna, Eigg but you cannot take the car without a permit from the islands.

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9. Re: Edinburgh to Mull

I'm confused now, OP! The route to Mull does not go via Fort William. You don't need an overnight stay before Mull - as I said in a previous post, you can catch a morning train to Oban and be on Mull the same afternoon.

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10. Re: Edinburgh to Mull

Keep it simple. If you're basing yourselves in Tobermory, travel from Edinburgh to Tobermory by public transport. Scotrail train, Calmac ferry, West Coast Motors local service bus on Mull. Then, when you're ready to explore (you might want to give yourself a day in Tobermory without a car - there's lots to see), hire a car from Mackays (http://www.mackaysgarage.co.uk). Obviously, Mackays isn't exactly a large operation, so figure out the days you want a car and book in advance.

Taking a car on the ferry is expensive.

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