(Gaelic meaning… Mary’s Well)
The colourful seafront of Tobermory is an iconic picture, bright buildings cluster around a beautiful bay, bobbing with boats. Wander along the rainbow waterfront of this bustling seaside town where the sea air dances across the village reflected in the gentle waves, and seagulls excitedly herald the return of the fishing boats.
Occasionally bottlenose dolphins are seen playing amongst the boats, and you might spot a harbour porpoise or seal further out, away from the bustle of the bay.
There is something for everyone here amongst the shops and cafes; from tasty local seafood, to family activities in the aquarium. Tobermory is also home to the Hebridean Whale Trail centre, a celebration of whales, dolphins and porpoises at the heart of the Hebrides.
A bit about the site
The Hebridean Whale Trail visitor centre is situated in the middle of colourful Main Street. Come inside and meet the friendly Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust staff who love to chat about the creatures you might encounter along the trail.
The centre showcases Scottish whales, dolphins and porpoises alongside the work of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. Visitors can access 25 years of research into Scottish species, and take part in family friendly activities, talks and workshops. There is also a gift shop with lovely whale and dolphin merchandise and selected items from crafts people across the Hebrides, plus an eco-shop with ocean friendly products and refill station.
Public facilities and cafes close by along the colourful Main Street of Tobermory.
Ferry from Kilchoan to Tobermory or from Oban to Craignure then by road to Tobermory
Bus West Coast Motors 95/495 from Craignure to Tobermory or 494 from Calgary/Dervaig
The majority of the centre is on one level but there are four steps up into part of the exhibition space.
Wondrous creatures in the waters
Look out for
Seals Otters White-tailed eagles
Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust
Tobermory is home to the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, who for over 25 years have worked towards healthy Hebridean seas for whales, dolphins, porpoises and people. Championing citizen science we believe that everyone can take part to deepen our understanding of the marine environment. You can join us at a whale watch from several sites along the trail, download our free sightings app, Whale Track, join us on board our dedicated research vessel Silurian, or pop into our visitor centre and chat to the team. Together we can ensure whales, dolphins and porpoises are protected and valued throughout the Hebrides.
What’s the story?
The coloured houses of Tobermory curve around one of Scotland’s iconic harbours, its name Ledaig means ‘safe haven’ in Gaelic. Tobermory is not just a safe haven for boats, but is also visited by some rather charismatic creatures - bottlenose dolphins. Several times a year they play amongst the boats, much to the delight of everyone ashore. Take a walk along the coastal path to the lighthouse – Rubha nan Gall - and maybe spot a harbour porpoise along the way. These are a common sight for walkers along the path, and their sleek black backs seem to roll through the water as they pop up to breathe.