Please read the information and advice regarding COVID-19 and Mull and Iona tourism and download our 2021 Visitor Charter.
(updated May 2021)
The Scottish Government has introduced a 5 tier system of COVID-19 protection levels for each area of the country. Before you consider traveling, please check the COVID protection levels (tiers).
Welcoming Visitors Again
After a long and difficult period for everyone, Mull and Iona are pleased to be welcoming visitors once again. From Monday 17 May 2021 our islands moved to level 1, with most mainland Scotland moving to level 2. The following level 1 restrictions are currently in place:
- Unrestricted travel within Scotland (levels 0 – 2), England and Wales You can meet up socially in groups:
- of up to 6 people from 3 households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight
- of up to 8 people from 3 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant
- of up to 12 people from 12 households outdoors in your garden or a public place
- All Mull and Iona tourism businesses can open
Self-testing before travel
The Scottish Government has advised that travellers to the Scottish Islands should take a regular Lateral Flow test for Covid-19 prior to travel. This is because the populations on Scottish Islands may be more vulnerable to Covid-19 transmission due to the previous low number of cases. The Scottish Government has confirmed that while testing is not mandatory, travellers are asked to take two Covid-19 lateral flow tests; the first three days before travel and the second on the day of departure. Scottish residents can order a free home test kit online here. Visitors travelling from England or other parts of the UK can access regular Lateral Flow tests from their own NHS.
Mull and Iona businesses are working hard to welcome visitors back safely. We are asking everyone to play their part and remain vigilant. Our Charter asks all visitors to plan ahead, be prepared and protect each other.
Information and Links
Visit Mull and Iona Visitor Charter – Plan Ahead, Be Prepared and Protect Each Other
Official Visit Scotland Advice – Guide to our current and future recovery phases
Visit Scotland Responsible Visitor Guide – Helping visitors enjoy Scotland responsibly
Mull and Iona Accommodation – Browse and filter by different types of accommodation
Calmac Ferries – Ferry bookings
Travelling by Bus – information from local bus operator West Coast Motors
Order a test – To order a Lateral Flow test for Covid-19 prior to travel, as advised by the Scottish Government (Scottish residents only – Visitors travelling from other parts of the UK can access tests from their own NHS.