Mull (Part II) & the Digital Detox

(read Mull Part I: What’s the story in Tobermory?)


my Aggie ring looks great on Mull

While I’m sure most people don’t get this impression of me immediately (let’s be honest here, I’m not exactly the most rugged or sporty person per se), I love the outdoors and long hikes and walks, especially when traveling.

Dragon's Back Hike in Hong Kong

Dragon’s Back in Hong Kong

Glendalough in Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Glendalough in Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Although I was unsuccessful getting our group in Mull out for a pony trek (sadly the treks end in September) and Ruaridh and I forgot our binoculars, I was eager to grab my camera (it appears I’ve adopted Ruaridh’s Canon as my own…) and head out for walks around the island.


I think I would have really lost my mind had I been cooped up inside the house because of rain all weekend. Honestly I was already going a bit stir crazy indoors and coping with a digital detox (no cell service, limited internet).

I normally deal with not having cell phone service really well. In fact this is the only time I’ve been abroad and had a completely functional cell phone. When I was living in Ireland I was mobile-free and in Hong Kong I had a crappy pay-as-you-go flip phone.

During one of our walks I was ticking off a list of things I needed to do when I got back to Edinburgh and Ruaridh stopped me–this was the time not to worry about emails and visas and packing. Sometimes I feel like having less to do actually makes me stress more.


Everyone finds peace and relaxation in different ways. Ruaridh wanted nothing more than to play board games all weekend and that’s absolutely fine, but I told him before we even left for Mull that it wasn’t my cup of tea (now a puzzle, that I could really get into).

Sandy and Ruaridh

Sandy and Ruaridh

My musts for the weekend?

Taking lots of photographs, going for a run, and being out in the sun.


Lucky for me, Mull provided amazing views for all three of those activities. I almost didn’t even notice I didn’t have cell phone service.


Have you ever gone through a Digital Detox? What’s your ideal way to relax on holiday?

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10 responses to “Mull (Part II) & the Digital Detox

  1. I found you through the travel tuesday link up, and am excited to read all your scotland posts. We are planning a few day trip to drive around a little of the highlands hopefully next month, and Edinburgh is one of my fave cities.

    Dannielle | Chic-a-DeeDee

  2. It is also hard for me to relax because I always feel like I “should” be doing something! Being forced to digitally detox (especially in such a beautiful place) must have been a breath of fresh air 🙂 I have been trying to unplug at least one day over the weekend and it has actually made me feel less stressed, so mission accomplished! Loving your blog!

    • Doing a one day detox sounds like a great idea! A good way to ease yourself into relying less on your smartphone or computer. I should try that!

      Thank you for reading my blog and I’m so happy you enjoy it!

  3. WOW! Mull seems so beautiful!! It is all so beautiful! And a digital detox seems really great. I haven’t done one in quite a while! So glad I found you through Travel Tuesday! I was in London in August but hope to make it to Scotland someday!

    • Mull is amazing and I’m so grateful we managed to get 4 days of sun while we were there.

      Thank you for reading my blog! I haven’t been to London actually, but I need to make a trip there at some point.

      Scotland is wonderful. If you do end up deciding on making a trip, let mek now if you need tips!

  4. Pingback: Expat Q&A & Mull (part III) | New Kid on the Loch·

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