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Whats the story in Tobamory...
Isle of Mull (Scotland)
Member Name: stephbond89
Isle of Mull (Scotland)
Advantages: Quaint little village, pretty drives.
Disadvantages: Some expensive things! Promotes Balamory too much despite there been hardly anything there for it.
Right now the place I am writing about is actually Tobamory which is a little village on the Isle of Mull, where the children's programme Balamory was/is filmed.
I was staying in Scotland at the time with the family, and when we discovered the Isle of Mull was just a short ferry ride away, we decided to go and have a look, knowing it was the filming place of Balamory and having a young kid with us, we thought we'd take a trip there.
Upon driving our car onto the ferry, we were taken the few miles to the Isle of Mull, it didn't take very long, and it wasn't alot of money (it was a few years ago now and I wasn't the one paying so I don't know the exact times or prices!). We got to Mull, and drove ourselves across the small island to Tobamory.
When we arrived at Tobamory, I must say we were a little disappointed, they market the place on been the birth place of Balamory, and the houses had been repainted, and there wasn't really much to relate it to the show, so if you had seen leaflets etc for it and taken your Balamory lover child there, they would have been very upset by it!!!!
But other than that, it was a very pretty little fishing village, there is a map which you can follow to show you where all the houses are (as they're not in
a line as they are in the show!!) so you can make a nice day of walking around the village, and doing a kind of "tour" of the houses.
The people in Tobamory are very friendly, and although you'd think of them as getting annoyed with the tourists, but infact from the people we spoke to they're happy that the Isle of Mull has become more popular and they're even more happy that the tourists are bringing money into their small village which would otherwise go unknown by the majority of the country.
The only bad thing with Tobamory is that it is VERY expensive, its the only sign of life for miles around, and so they have the monopoly on everything, there is a beautiful little cafe (which was the cafe in the show!!!), where we stopped for a drink, and a little look around the shop part of it, and we found it to be extortionate, for a couple of chocolates it was around £5 (I'm talking two chocolate mice, and 2 other little things!) and around £20 for drinks for 4 people. Seeing as you can get a whole meal from home from some places, that is alot of money to pay for a couple of coffees and soft drinks!
Other than this, Tobamory is a very pretty little place to visit, theres not much to do there, but its a nice little drive around the island, the people are lovely, and if you take yourself a picnic, you won't have to pay through the nose for food and drinks!!!
Summary: A nice little trip to go on if your in the vicinity of the ferry crossing!