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    Mull, Staffa & Iona

    18 reviews

    Next Trip: 22nd - 28th Apr 2023 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
    Trip Type: Wildlife
    Accommodation: Deluxe
    Max Group Size: 8
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    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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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    This itinerary is based in two different locations throughout the course of the week, with 2 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 Read More

    All meals from lunch on day 1 through to lunch on day 7 are included on this itinerary.

    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.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels
    • All meals during the trip as stated in the itinerary (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide/driver throughout
    • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Oban
    • All boat trips and ferry transfers
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 1-3

    Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure 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/

    If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip please get in touch with our team to discuss.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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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 4.94 out of 5 based on 18 reviews of Wildlife Adventures – Mull, Staffa & Iona

     

    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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    Susan Chambers

    Reviewed on 11/07/2022

    Age: 60 - 70
    Trip Date: 25/06/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I was rather disappointed in the lack of wildlife that we saw especially as the trip was advertised as a wildlife experience. I felt the emphasis was more on the walking rather than looking for wildlife. However the holiday was very enjoyable the group seemed to mix well the locations were stunning, accommodation excellent and food excellent also. TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: We always hope to see as much wildlife as possible, but of course, the nature of the beast is that we don't always know what we're going to get – however I do apologise that you didn't feel there was as much emphasis on the wildlife as you would have liked. I'm delighted to hear you had a lovely time and thought the landscape was beautiful – it is a beautiful part of Scotland for sure.

    JG

    Jana Goodman

    Reviewed on 04/07/2022

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 25/06/2022
    Trips Taken: 2

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Fantastic! I can't wait to sign up for the Orkney trip.

    PB

    Patricia Barnes

    Reviewed on 28/06/2022

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 11/06/2022
    Trips Taken: 2

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

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