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      Wildlife Adventures
      Mull, Staffa & Iona

      5 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 6th Jun | 27th Jun Duration: 6 night(s)

      From £1,995 View Prices & Departures

      Trip Details & Highlights

      Trip created by Rachael Gavan
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      Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
      Trip Type: Wildlife
      Comfort: Deluxe
      Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
      Deposit From £250.00 £498.75

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      Trip Details

      Explore Scotland’s beautiful Inner Hebridean islands of Mull, Staffa and Iona, discovering their thriving and varied wildlife.

      On this holiday you will visit some of the remote islands of Scotland’s wild west coast, looking out for rare and beautiful species of wildlife while taking in the spectacular Atlantic scenery.

      Your guide will, of course help you spot the wildlife, which may include white-tailed sea eagles, puffins, whales, dolphins and seals. We schedule trips throughout Spring and Summer; the time of year will determine the species we may encounter. In Spring we will see more birdlife such as puffins, with more of a focus on marine wildlife later in the Summer.

      Spending 2 nights in the picturesque seaside village of Port Appin and four days based on the Isle of Mull, this trip provides an unforgettable journey around these unique islands and a fascinating insight into the creatures that inhabit them.

      Trip Highlights

      • Finding the UK's largest bird of prey, white-tailed eagle among others.
      • Explore famous Fingal's Cave on a boat trip to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles.
      • Spot marine wildlife including seals, dolphins and whales.
      • Visit the spiritual Isle of Iona.

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 – The West Coast

      After meeting at Oban train station we’ll transfer a short distance north to take a private boat trip to Castle Stalker which dates back to around 1446. Here we will be given a private guided tour by one of the members of the Stewart Allward family who own the castle. It’s island location also gives us the perfect opportunity to look out for seals, dolphins and seabirds. Settling into your accommodation this evening you’ll enjoy dinner overlooking the Loch Linnhe. (L, D)

      Day 2 – Bridge over the Atlantic and the Isle of Seil

      This morning we’ll enjoy a coastal circuit on the Isle of Seil. We’ll cross the Clachan Bridge – the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’ – and on to Seil. Here we’ll enjoy views to the mountains of Mull. The coast line here is a great place to watch statuesque herons fishing and the rockpools are fascinating to explore. Keep your eyes peeled for otters in the area as well. (B, L, D)

      Day 3 – Journey to Mull in search of Eagles

      This morning we’ll take the ferry to the Isle of Mull which is home to a large variety of birdlife including breeding raptors as well as rare and endangered birds. Once landed we’ll grab a bite of lunch before we go in search of arguably some of Mull’s best-known residents; white-tailed eagles. We’ll take a short hike to a hide on land owned by the local community and depending on the time of year you may see them in the nest or see the fledgelings explore the skies. (B, L, D)

      Day 4 – Wildlife and Whisky

      Today we’ll enjoy a wonderful circular walk that gives us beautiful cliff and coastline scenery, a chance to see wildlife including seabirds as well as merlin, buzzards and hen harriers with rarer species such as marsh harriers also sometimes spotted. We’ll make our way to the Whisky Cave where the foundations of the illicit stills are still visible. Leaving the cave we’ll pass through the ruins of the once thriving village of Crackaig which was abandoned in the early 1900’s. We will walk through the ruined crofts listening out for the singing of the song thrushes and skylarks as we go. (B, L, D)

      Day 5 – Staffa and Treshnish Isles

      Today we’ll take an early morning covered boat to Staffa with its breath-taking basalt columns and famous Fingal’s Cave. We spend the morning ashore watching the sea birds exploring the cliffs and diving into the sea to fish. We’ll then sail through the archipelago of the remote Treshnish Isles, a haven for birdlife. Travelling back this afternoon we’ll keep our eyes peeled for dolphins, porpoises, minke whales and even basking sharks. (B, L, D)

      Day 6 – The Isle of Iona

      This morning we’ll travel from Mull to Iona where the monk Columba founded a monastery in 563 that played a crucial role in converting the Picts of Scotland to Christianity. Here we’ll visit Iona Abbey, the Nunnery and St.Oran’s Chapel which is thought to be the final resting place of 48 kings of Scotland. This evening we enjoy a celebratory end of trip dinner. (B, L, D)

      Day 7 – Depart for Oban

      After breakfast we’ll go on a hike to an iron age fort. On the way we’ll pass through native woodland and cross moors and grassland which are home to a variety of different small birds. We will then catch the ferry back to the mainland before saying farewell in Oban. (B, L)

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      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      ACCOMMODATION
      This itinerary is based in two different locations throughout the course of the week, with 3 nights in Port Appin and 4 nights on the island of Mull. Each of the accommodations offers double and twin rooms, most with en-suite facilities.

      SINGLE ROOMS
      There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. A single room supplement of £325 is charged if a single room is available. Single supplements are limited, and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

      Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

      Throughout the journey, varied island produce will be served up in hearty and imaginative meals. Seafood is a speciality with beef, lamb and venison also popular and of course, any special dietary requirements can be catered for.

      On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

      Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

      You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Oban Railway Station at 11:30am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Oban station by 2:30pm on the final day.

      For advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website: www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/travel-to-scotland/

      Trip Dates & Prices

      Trip Dates for 2020 Availability Status Price Book
      6th Jun - 12th Jun 2020 2 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,995 Book Now
      27th Jun - 3rd Jul 2020 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,995 Book Now
      18th Jul - 24th Jul 2020 6 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,995 Book Now

      Make This Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      Green Graded Wildlife Holidays 1-3
      All of our wildlife trips are graded Green and involve straightforward hiking with no major ascents, as well as other activities which are pitched at novice level. You can expect to be active for around 5 hours each day so you will need a reasonable level of fitness. Please note that there may be some early starts and late nights as we seek to maximise our chances of finding wildlife, although you can always opt out of activities if you prefer an early night or long lie in the morning!

      So to help you decide if you are fit enough for this kind of trip, ask yourself:

      1. Are you generally active and, for example, happy to hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascent, with rough ground in places?
      2. Are you up for a challenge and trying new activities such as sea kayaking or boat trips?
      3. Are you looking for a wildlife trip which involves more than simply sitting in a hide?

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 review(s) of Wildlife Adventures – Mull, Staffa & Iona

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      Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

      That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

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      Robert Hudgins

      Reviewed on 15/08/2019

      Age: 50 - 60
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 03/08/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Wilderness Scotland is a great travel and guide service. I hope to be able to do other trips with the company in the future.

      JH

      Jane Haylor

      Reviewed on 14/08/2019

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 03/08/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Everything we hoped the trip would be!

      KB

      Kathryn Bouey

      Reviewed on 17/06/2019

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 01/06/2019
      Trips Taken: 2

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      This trip was quite simply excellent in every way - the knowledge and care provided by the guide, the trip contents and the accommodation. It was my second trip with Wilderness Scotland and the high quality was consistent.

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