Mull Wildlife
Departing by Coach
Duration 4 Days
Available May 2019

With its diverse landscape of mountains, sea lochs, moorland and peatbog, the Isle of Mull is home to a wide range of mammals and birds and has established itself as one of the UK’s top wildlife destinations.

Mull is a paradise for birdwatchers and one of the best places in the country to see big raptors such as the Golden Eagle and White Tailed Sea Eagle. The scarce Black Throated Diver can be spotted on sea lochs and on our boat trip to the Treshnish Isles we will see a vast array of seabirds, such as guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and puffins.

Due to the tidal currents and warm waters of the Gulf Stream, this is one of the most important habitats in Europe for dolphins, porpoises and whales – almost a third of the world’s species of cetaceans have been spotted here. Otters, seals and red deer can also be observed.

Tour Highlights:

  • Sailing out of Oban Bay at the start of our tour – even on this short ferry crossing you may spot sea birds and cetaceans
  • Introductory talk to set the scene
  • Presentation from the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
  • Two cruises offering excellent opportunities for wildlife observation
  • Fascinating wildlife walk amidst glorious scenery and peaceful countryside

Price Includes

  • Return coach travel available from Inverurie, Aberdeen, Montrose, Arbroath, Dundee, Perth, Kinross, Dunfermline, Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation at the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Craignure
  • Return ferry crossing from the mainland to Mull – enjoying the superb views of the Sound of Mull
  • Attend a short presentation Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT)
  • A sailing from Mull to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa – where you’ll (hopefully!) encounter Common and Atlantic Grey Seals
  • Birdwatching on Lunga – the largest of the Treshnish Isles – viewing dense aggregations of guillemots, puffins, razorbills, fulmars, shags and kittiwakes
  • A wildlife walk on Mull with one of the islands top guides where we’ll target seeing otters, seals and sea eagles
  • A short Wildlife Cruise in the waters around Mull looking out for whales, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and seals
  • Services of a professional tour manager

Single supplements apply. Subject to availabilty.

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Itinerary

Day 1

We depart from our designated pick-up points and head for the Western Highlands, stopping en-route for refreshments. On arrival in Oban we board the afternoon ferry for Craignure on Mull, travelling the short distance to our hotel, the Isle of Mull Hotel, which enjoys superb views of the Sound of Mull, the Morvern Hills and, across the bay, Duart Castle. This evening we have organised a short presentation by a member of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) which was established in 1994 to carry out long-term studies into the distribution, behaviour and ecology of cetaceans. The aim of their studies is to provide those who manage Scotland’s Wildlife with information needed for effective conservation. We will be given a short talk on their history and the work they do. Dinner will be served at the hotel in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Craignure

Day 2

Today, following breakfast, we take a wildlife and seabird cruise trip to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa. Our first stop is awe-inspiring Staffa and in particular Fingal’s Cave, a natural cathedral of basaltic columns, thrown up by the same prehistoric volcanic eruptions which created the Giant’s Causeway in Co Antrim. You may not leave here inspired to write an overture as Mendelssohn did, but you cannot fail to be moved by this unique island which has been described by many as one of the natural wonders of the world. As we cruise through the many islands and rocks which make up the Treshnish Isles, look out for Common and Atlantic Grey Seals. It is more probable we will see the Atlantic Grey Seal of which there are a higher number living in the waters off the UK shores. The Atlantic Grey varies in colour from black to white through various shades and is usually double the weight of the Common Seal, which are brown to grey in colour and tend to camouflage within their chosen environment, usually closer inshore. Like a fleet of Dreadnoughts passing through the Hebrides in line astern, the Treshnish Isles have been landmarks for travellers through the Hebrides for at least 1000 years. We will land on Lunga, the largest of the islands, and spend a few hours viewing dense aggregations of guillemots, puffins, razorbills, fulmars, shags and kittiwakes. A packed lunch is included.

We return to our hotel where dinner will be served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Craignure

Day 3

Today, following breakfast, we have a Wildlife Walk on Mull with one of Mull’s top guides. We will learn from our guide how to find and where to search for different animals and our guide’s specialist and local knowledge will maximise our chances of seeing a wide range of Hebridean wildlife. Targets today will be otters, seals and sea eagles. The circular walk is expected to last from 10.30am to 4.30pm approximately, with a break for a picnic lunch which is included. The length of the walk will be adapted according to the age and ability of the group but will be around 6.5 miles in total on relatively easy terrain, but a good degree of mobility is required and walking boots, stout shoes or Wellingtons are recommended, together with waterproofs, lightweight binoculars and cameras. One rather less welcome species of wildlife we may encounter is the highland midge, so a suitable insect repellent should be used – Avon’s Skin So Soft moisturiser seems to be particularly effective!

Dinner will be served at the hotel in the evening

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Craignure

Day 4

After breakfast we check out of our hotel. This morning before heading home we have a short Wildlife Cruise in the waters around Mull hunting for whales, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and seals. Keep your eye out for any Minke Whales and Common and Bottlenose Dolphins which have previously been sighted in the waters.

Following this we shall catch the mid-afternoon ferry from Craignure back to Oban and then continue our homeward journey, with arrival expected at our original departure points in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast


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