- Search for the UK’s largest bird of prey – the white-tailed eagle
- 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
- 6 nights accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels
- Most meals during the trip (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
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:
- Are you generally active and, for example, happy to hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascent, with rough ground in places?
- Are you up for a challenge and trying new activities such as sea kayaking or boat trips?
- Are you looking for a wildlife trip which involves more than simply sitting in a hide?
1st Jun - 7th Jun 2019
Cory JonesWildlife fanatic and first-aid expert makes Cory a good guy to have around in the hills!
3rd Aug - 9th Aug 2019
Lorraine McCallNot happy with just walking up all the Munros, Lorraine walked and kayaked to reach them.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
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 offer double and twin rooms, most with en-suite facilities. 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.
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.
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 5:30pm 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/
Explore Scotland’s beautiful Inner Hebridean islands of Mull, Staffa and Iona, discovering their thriving and varied wildlife.
On this wildlife holiday, your guide will bring the landscape to life with their incredible knowledge of the history, geology, flora and fauna of the islands. Enjoy this wildlife holiday Mull Staffa Iona as you look for white-tailed sea eagles, puffins, whales, dolphins and seals.
Spending 2 nights in the picturesque seaside village of Port Appin and 4 days based on the Isle of Mull, this trip provides an unforgettable journey around these unique islands and a fascinating insight into the wildlife that inhabit them. Browse through our itinerary below to find out more about each day of this wildlife holiday in Mull, Staffa & Iona.
Day 1 – The West Coast
Arriving at Oban train station you’ll meet your guide and transfer a short distance north before taking 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. Its island location 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 sea loch, Loch Linnhe and keeping your eyes peeled for marine wildlife. (B, 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 or the Bridge over the Atlantic and on to Seil. Here we’ll enjoy views of the mountains of Mull. The coastline here is a great place to watch the statuesque heron fishing and the rockpool are fascinating to explore. Keep your eye peeled for otters in the area as well. (B, L)
Day 3 – Journey to Mull
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 heading out on an afternoon 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. (B, L)
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 still used to make moonshine are still visible. Leaving the cave we’ll pass through the ruins of the once thriving village of Crackaig which was finally 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)
Day 5 – Staffa and Treshnish Isles
Today we’ll take an early morning covered boat to sail to Staffa with its breath-taking hexagonal basalt columns and famous Fingal’s Cave. The caves face east so arriving early means that we see them in their best light and can spend the morning ashore watching the seabirds exploring the cliffs and diving into the sea and fishing. We’ll then sail through the stunning archipelago of the 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)
Day 6 – Eagles and Otters
This morning we’ll go in search of arguably some of Mull’s best know residence the white-tailed eagles. These are the UK’s largest bird of prey, their wingspan can be up to 2.5 meters. 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 watching the fledgelings explore the skies. After lunch, we’ll travel to a different part of Mull where we’ll enjoy a hike through the forest to a beautiful section of shoreline. Here there is a hide from which we can watch for otters and other wildlife and enjoy views for Ardnamurchan, Skye, Rum and Muck. This evening we enjoy a celebratory end of trip dinner and reflect on the different wildlife we’ve seen. (B, L)
Day 7 – 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 afternoon we’ll take the ferry from Mull back to Oban. (B, L, D)
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