Our New Life in Scotland - Part 2
October 2021 - Tobermory
Here’s an update on a very busy summer and delighted to now be well established in our new home in Tobermory, on the beautiful Isle of Mull.
With COVID there were inevitable delays to the building of the house, but we took the decision to move even though it wasn’t quite complete. Fortunately this summer, we’ve had some exceptional weather that gave us the chance to sort out the house, workshop and quite a lot of the garden.
We’re planning on growing our own produce, which first meant installing a 2m high deer fence around some parts of the garden. We’re right next to a nature reserve with a resident herd of red deer who like nothing better than than feasting on our greenery.
Sunrise views across the Sound of Mull to Loch Sunart, Morvern and Ardnamurchan.
Getting ready for our move was tempered by some sadness in that we had to say goodbye to Watson our beloved basset hound who reached the grand old age of 14. We still think about him every time we take a walk on a beach - his favourite place for walks.
Esther loves her new island home. Even though we have been to Mull many times, we are continually amazed by the beautiful scenery and nature, particularly with the passing of summer into autumn.
Mull really is a wildlife spotters paradise, the sheltered bays means that otters, seals, dolphins and porpoises can be an easy spot on a calm day. Further out to sea on the west, it is possible to encounter basking sharks, minke whales and orcas on a boat trip.
For birders, Golden Eagles and White Tailed Eagles are the big spot, plus many migratory species winter or transit here.
Looking north across Calgary Bay to Calliach Point.
Visitors are often surprised at the size of Mull, being the second biggest Of the inner Hebrides after Skye and is a 50 mile drive end-to-end. Most of the roads are narrow, single-track frequented by sheep, cows so it’s best to take things slowly, drive responsibly and take in the ever-changing views.
Across Loch Na Keal to a mist shrouded Ben More