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The Isle of Mull is perhaps the best served island if calculated on the number of ferry services. The island has three crossings to the mainland - Oban - Craignure Ferry, Lochaline to Fishnish Ferry and the Tobermory Ferry. There are also two further crossings to offshore islands - the Iona Ferry and the Ulva Ferry, and a number of additional tourist boats to Iona and Staffa, and the Treshnish Isles.
Oban to Mull
The main crossing to the Isle of Mull crosses to Craignure, a relatively recent port for Mull, with the old steamers sailing from Oban to Salen and Tobermory, the two largest settlements on the Island. However, Craignure is much closer to Oban, providing a shorter crossing time, and also allowing day trippers to get to Iona quicker!
There are, of course, other ferries connecting Mull to the mainland, although none are quite so convenient The little Lochaline to Fishnish Ferry service connects Morvern with Mull more than the other way round, although it is a popular and cheaper alternative for tourists. There is also the Tobermory Ferry service, which sails from Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, but again this service is more about transporting Ardnamurchan residents into the relative city of Tobermory.
Finally, a passenger only service used to connect Drimnin on Morvern and Glen Borrodale on Ardnamurchan to Tobermory, although the service only operated once or twice a week, and recently stopped due to lack of use.
2013 Ferries Plan
Following the review of the 2012 draft ferries plan for the coming 10 years, the final plan has now been published. This will see a major improvement to the Oban-Craignure service, and all other routes retained with at least the current level of service.