Looking out over Tobermory village, its harbour and the bay to the Sound of Mull, The Western Isles Hotel has had a long and interesting history.
Built in 1883, the Mull hotel served as Navy billets in the Second World War.
It also housed the acting talent when Powell and Pressburger filmed I Know Where I’m Going on the island.
These days, it is in the expert hands of a quartet of private hoteliers, who are intent on restoring this beautiful historic hotel to the standard of excellence it once enjoyed.
Check in and enjoy the views with today’s Big Deal on an overnight stay with dinner and a bottle of Prosecco in your room on arrival.
Bottle of Prosecco on arrival
Available seven days a week, option one is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay in a double or twin room. A bottle of Prosecco in your room on arrival will get your stay off to a sparkling start.
The offer includes a two course dinner from the table d’hôte menu and a full Scottish breakfast in the morning.
A late check out to 11am means that you can take your time and enjoy your breakfast – and the views over the bay.
Option two is for a two night stay with all of the above included. The dinner will be taken on the first night.
There is a £30 supplement per night for stays taken in September.
The spacious rooms at The Western Isles Hotel combine period charm with modern amenities.
All feature an ensuite bathroom, hot drinks facilities, TV and a hair-dryer.
A brand new state-of-the-art WiFi system provides free internet access in all rooms and public spaces.
Upgrade to a harbour view room for £20 per room per night, sea view room for £35 per room per night, or master sea suite for £40 per room per night.
In summer months, dinner is served in The Citrus Room, a conservatory bar and restaurant with panoramic views.
Come the autumn months, dinner is in the Cameron Room which offers views over the village, harbour and bay.
The kitchen likes to use as much Mull produce as possible. Fish and seafood, beef, venison, cured meats and cheese are all local specialities.
The chefs’ mission is to make all these wonderful local ingredients taste of themselves and let their quality shine through.
And if you fancy an after dinner dram, Tobermory produces some of Scotland’s finest whiskies.
The hotel serves a variety of these world-class single malts as well as single malts from the West of Scotland and further afield.
See & do
Ben More, with an elevation of roughly 1,000 metres, is a popular climb and the island has many other fine hill walks of varying degrees of difficulty.
There are guided wildlife tours of Mull and you may be lucky enough to see puffin colonies, dolphins, great whales, basking sharks, sea eagles.
The island is also home to many historical sites and monuments, including a bronze age stone circle at Loch Buie and iron age fortified duns and crannogs.
Tobermory is famous for its colourful waterfront buildings and harbour. There are also plenty of beautiful beaches and bays from Calgary and Kilninian in the north to Loch Buie and Carsaig in the south.
Catch a ferry to the Isle for Mull from either Oban to Craignure; Fishnish to Lochaline or Kilchoan to Tobermory itself. And then either drive or catch a bus to Tobermory from the ferry port.
At The Western Isles Hotel, guests love the views, the service and the unique ambience. These are extracts from Facebook reviews:
‘A slice of yesteryear. Not modern but has everything you would want from an old world hotel… Staff are very engaging and professional.’
‘Always like staying in this hotel. Great views, superb food, clean comfortable rooms and an excellent service.’
This is an edited version of a much longer TripAdvisor review:
‘We booked for two but stayed for three nights as we enjoyed the hotel, its staff and Mull so much. Yes, the hotel is in need of refurbishment and yes, you will notice the bumps, scratches and creaking joints of this old gal of a hotel… But she is a charming old dear and if you visit with some acceptance of her frailties you will love it…. Andrew, the owner, explained the history of the hotel and the programme of refurbishment which has already begun… Freshly caught fish and seafood are delivered to the hotel daily which made dining delicious. We spent some quiet lovely moments watching the comings and goings of harbour life and the ever-changing scenery before us… We shall be back and we shall book The Western Isles.’
When you want to get away from it all, nothing beats an island and Mull is one beautiful island.
With validity until the end of 2017, this offer would be ideal for a summer escape; a romantic autumn getaway or even a pre-festive stress-buster.
The Western Isles is a hotel with real character, spacious rooms, world-class views; a sense of elegance, comfort, and the best food that the local larder can provide.
It also offers the warmest of welcomes. We’ve packed our bags already.