Aros Mains - Child Friendly Accommodation on the Isle of Mull
Aros Mains is Child Friendly
This page contains a selection of Child Friendly places for families with children who are looking to occupy their time on the Isle of Mull.
The Isle of Mull is a paradise for pets and their owners. There are walks for all abilities, including Aros Park, situated just outside Tobermory, and Calgary Bay with its wild stretch of golden sandy beach which you could easily spend a good 2-3 hours on. The Isle of Mull has it's very own dog trainer, Moira Owers, who is happy to work with visiting dogs on all sorts of activities and courses. Choose from a wide and varied set of locations and activities that include forest forays, beach combing, fun agility or flyball. Visit www.pawsbytheloch.com for more information.
A small but charming aquarium making a big splash as Europe's first catch and release aquarium. Our animals are brought in to us by local fishermen, divers and families and are returned to the sea every couple of weeks, so you can guarantee that no two visits will be the same! With informative interactive exhibits, a digital cinema room and our kids craft area, there's plenty to see and do. Get your hands wet at our touch pool stations and discover the secret lives of our sea creatures. Touch pool demonstrations run on the hour every day during the summer months (see our website for current events timetables). Tickets are valid ALL DAY so you can always take time to explore the historic harbour front and come back to see our sea creatures again! Mull Aquarium is part of the THA, a not-for-profit community company.
The aquarium is only open from Easter through to the end of October.
Please visit our website for up to date information.
Killiechronan Pony Trekking on the isle of Mull
Guided treks available on our sure footed highland ponies who will take you up into the hills to witness some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever experience. Also a great chance to see the wildlife; deer, otters and Eagles are regularly spotted on treks. Situated in the centre of the island on the shores of Loch na Keal with perfect views of the mountains rising from the sea including Mulls only munro Ben More. At low tide we cross the River Ba and ride along the beach at the head of the loch, splashing through the waves with the hills towering above us and eagles overhead. Killiechronan is one of the best places on the island to see the White tailed sea eagles who are unfazed by the ponies and as many as 6 have been seen on the beach trek at one time before.
Rainydays is a community run indoor play area at the rear of the Aros Hall. We are open all year for Locals and Visitors with extended opening times in the holidays. Healthy snacks and drinks for children with teas and coffee and home baking are available from the cafe.
Opening Hours vary so please check Facebook Page which is updated regularily. Rainydays is available to hire for parties or group hire. Contact Joanne MacLean on firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on Aros Hall's answer machine: 01688302415.
Website: Rainydays Tobermory
Art in Nature – Woodland Walk
Calgary Art In Nature was set up in 1999. Its aim was to site pieces of sculpture within the woodland at Calgary that will provoke and enlighten a general awareness of art in nature.Our woodland is not a truly natural wood. We see the great beauty of nature in the rocks, trees, flowers, in the sea, in sunshine and shadows. And yet the trees were planted and tended, people have worked the wood and surrounding land for hundreds of years. What we see now is a product of both nature and man’s efforts, a working environment, a cultural landscape. We are still working the wood, though in a new way. It is now used as a source of peace, contemplation and exploration. We wish to share this experience. This is why we are developing the paths, viewing platforms and art works. The wood also holds plenty of treasures for children with a zip wire and a willow tunnel.
Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa (Swimming Pool)
As the ferry sets sail from Oban, admire the scenic landscape and arrive at Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa to receive one of the warmest welcomes in Scotland. Situated close to the ferry terminal on the south east of the island, the hotel itself lies on the crescent of Craignure Bay with gardens stretching to the water’s edge. Picturesque, the hotel offers a perfect base to explore the island and the dramatic coast of the West of Scotland.
As well as in the unspoilt nature of the Highlands island, there’s as much to enjoy inside the hotel as much as what’s outside. Highlights include a 17-metre swimming pool, children’s splash pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna and our specialist Rasul Mud Room. Choose from a wide range of relaxing spa treatments, sample the best of the local cuisine in our bar or restaurant and retire to a restful night’s sleep.
Craignure, Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK, PA65 6BB
Telephone: 01680 812544
Website: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa
Aros Park is one of the most attractive features in the Tobermory surrounds. The park entrance is about half a mile from the centre of town, however, it can also be reached by a very scenic footpath starting at the car park at Ledaig next to MacGochan’s pub. The park is very well maintained by Forest Enterprise and has been developed as a recreational woodland. The company has gone to a lot of trouble to provide good parking, disabled access, clear, unobstructed paths, barbeque facilities and toilets. All these are free of charge.
The park is on the site of Aros House, and the Allan family developed the grounds during the period of 1874 to 1959. The house was unfortunately demolished; however, the heritage of this magnificent woodland remains. There still remain some buildings associated with the house, for example, the generator shed by the stream which gave power to the house. The Loch in the middle of the park is artificial and was created as a feature, but also as a power source for the mill.
The most used path is a circular tour of the Loch starting from the car park. The route is a one mile and is an ideal dog walking or jogging track. The park has many fine walks, most of which are reasonably easy going. However, it is possible just to head through the woodland to the old drovers track down to the crossing point to Calve Island. At low spring tides it is possible to reach the island across the exposed sandy high point. Caution should be exercised here as the sand only stays open for a short time.
The woodland area consists of many varieties of shrub, fungi and trees. In places the park has temperate rain forest feel to it and many interesting ferns and grasses grow freely. However, the most spectacular display is created by the large number of Rhododendron Ponticum. In recent years, these shrubs have engulfed parts of the park; however, they have now been cut back and are in better balance with the rest of the trees.
Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)
The Quest is a children's adventure project created by by the people of Mull. It consists of a series of "Treasure Hunt" styled challenges devised by many of the tourism operators on the Isles of Mull, Ulva and Iona.
Each challenge has been devised by the individual operator, and consequently the style, form and objective of the mission varies. We hope to create added interest for our young people when visiting the Island, and to introduce them to many features that they would not normally notice.
The tasks involve, for example, finding hidden objects, identifying wildlife, and working out words in Gaelic. We are targeting an age range of 7-12 years , however, we are sure that a few people, young at heart, may also wish to take up the challenge on a more informal basis. Fun is our aim, with an educational background.
- Telephone: 01680 812377
Situated on the waterfront in Tobermory, the Mull Museum is a small building that's densely packed with information about the history of the island. The exhibits cover everything from the early settlers on Mull to the warring clans and castles, right through to the modern day. There's information on farming, fishing, crofting and various other aspects of daily life across the history of the area.
There's a lot of information packed into a small space, so it's easy to spend a couple of hours browsing through the various sections. You can find out more about the museum here http://www.mullmuseum.org.uk/
It's easy to get around Mull with our range of day trips. The Tobermory Topper provides a guided bus tour around the Isle of Mull, our Sea Life Surveys' Seal Cruise offers a short cruise around the bay to see the local seal colony (another great one for the kids!) or you can visit Duart Castle with our joint ticket. There's plenty to keep all the family busy during your visit to Mull.