UK's most 'magical' seaside town is also one of the 'best' places to visit

Pictured is Tobermory is on the beautiful isle of Mull
Tobermory is on the beautiful isle of Mull - known for its colourful buildings -Credit:Getty

As the summer season approaches, many of us are on the hunt for the ideal beach holiday spot. However, it seems we should be setting our sights northwards rather than abroad.

Tobermory, a quaint seaside town nestled on Scotland's Isle of Mul, may have fewer than 1,000 residents, but it's gaining recognition for its stunning waterfront adorned with vibrant houses set against a backdrop of lush forest.

This serene destination is an excellent choice for those seeking a relaxed staycation, whether you're keen on lounging on the beach, delving into the island's rich history, or embarking on a boat tour to observe Mull's diverse wildlife - seals, dolphins, whales, otters and even golden eagles are all part of the local fauna.

Time Out has hailed Tobermory as one of the "best seaside towns in the UK". Despite its small size, the publication notes that the town possesses a "huge charm", attracting visitors eager to see its local puffin population and learn about its long-standing tradition of producing enchanting malt whiskies.

The Times also ranks Tobermory among its top seaside destinations, highlighting that this "lesser-visited" town has "plenty to offer" tourists, reports the Express.

Surrounded by breathtaking beaches, Tobermory's most popular sandy stretch is Calgary Beach, often regarded as one of Scotland's most beautiful coastal spots.

Calgary Beach, renowned for its pristine white sands, crystal-clear turquoise waters and breathtaking views of the island's rugged cliffs, rolling hills and lush forests, is a must-visit. It's an ideal spot for a leisurely walk with your camera or to savour an ice cream from the nearby cafe, uniquely housed in a converted boat.

Other less crowded but equally stunning beaches such as Langamull Beach and Croig Beach are tucked away along Mull's northern coastline, offering serene beauty without the hustle and bustle.

While the island's beaches make for perfect picnic spots, another location worth considering is the Eas Fors Waterfall. This spot is regarded as one of the most picturesque on the island, boasting stunning views across Loch Tuath to the island of Ulva.

A visit to Tobermory wouldn't be complete without a stop at the town's iconic harbour, framed by colourful houses. This vibrant scene, bustling with boats, is a fantastic place to snap some photos or enjoy the view over a coffee from a local cafe.

Tobermory also boasts Europe's first catch-and-release aquarium. The exhibits here change regularly as all marine life is returned to the sea after four weeks.

With up to 60 species on display at any given time, a Touch Pool for close encounters with marine wildlife, and an information room to learn more about the island's sea life, it's a truly unique experience.

History enthusiasts will find a wealth of interest at the Mull Museum, while Glengorm Castle, now a hotel, welcomes visitors to its coffee shop and farm shop, as well as offering walks around the estate.

Dun Ara Fort, a ruined medieval fort believed to have been abandoned by Clan MacKinnon, is also worth a visit. When hunger strikes, head to the Isle of Mull Cheese farm and its local cafe, the Glass Barn, where you can sample locally produced cheeses, pork, biscuits, oatcakes, and chutneys while watching the cows graze in the fields nearby.

A seaside holiday wouldn't be complete without fish and chips, so make sure to stop at The Pier Cafe, ideally located on the pier for watching the local CalMac ferry and other boats out at sea.

Finally, no visit to Tobermory would be complete without a trip to its historic distillery, established in 1798. Here, you can try their single malt or their smokier Ledaig range, as well as their award-winning Hebridean gin.

If you have a sweet tooth, The Galley is worth a visit. Once a church, it's now a charming cafe and gift shop, perfect for a cuppa and your choice of traybake.

Should you find yourself in Tobermory on a Monday, don't miss the farmer's market. It's brimming with fresh, local produce that you can take home.

Tobermory, with its natural beauty, local wildlife, serene ambience, and delectable cuisine, is an ideal seaside holiday destination.

Moreover, the Isle of Mull and its neighbouring islands offer a wealth of cultural attractions, a rich history, and stunning landscapes. You'll never be short of things to do in this remarkable location.