The History of the Isle of Mull
The Isle of Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides; it is mainly of volcanic origin and has incredible geology and natural history.
It features burial cairns and standing stones as evidence of early settlers. The signs of early Christian visitors are obvious on the neighbouring island of Iona. Although the Vikings also occupied for almost 400 years, there is little evidence.
The Middle ages saw construction of castles such as Duart and chapels such as Pennygown. During the 17th to 19th centuries, Clan Chiefs and other Lairds built large houses, but other islanders lived in traditional ‘black houses’ in small townships – the remains of which can still be seen throughout the island.
Today, Mull and neighbouring islands have a population of almost 3000 people. Tourism is the mainstay of the island’s economy, with fish farming also being important.
Many of the population are descendants of Mull’s ancient clans – Macleans, MacKinnons, Macquarries, and MacDonalds. These ‘Muileachs’ live alongside many ‘incomers’ who have come to the island due to its amazing scenery and friendly locals.