The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust has opened a new visitor centre in Tobermory.
Funded through a £220K grand from the UK government’s Coastal Communities Fund (CCF), the centre boasts interactive exhibitions, displays and a gift shop.
Scotland’s western seas are among Europe’s most important habitats for cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises. so far, 24 of the world’s estimated 92 cetacean species have been recorded in the region.
The CCF has also funded a revamp of the trust’s research yacht, Silurian, which is used by marine scientists and volunteers to survey cetaceans.
Mull is a magnet for wildlife fans and the new centre aims to underline the island as a destination to enjoy and discover world-class marine biodiversity.
The visitor centre will be open seven days a week during the season, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Entry is free although a small charge may be needed for specific events. Donations are welcome.