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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. They’ll also be on hand to help you identify the rich flora found across the islands. 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. Browse through our itinerary below to find out more about each day of this wildlife holiday in Mull, Staffa & Iona.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
This morning we’ll 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. After lunch, we’ll travel to a different part of Mull where there is a hide from which we can watch for otters and other wildlife on the shore, while enjoying views of Ardnamurchan, Skye, Rum and Muck. This evening we enjoy a celebratory end of trip dinner. (B, L, D)
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. Afterwards, we journey back to Oban where the trip will end. (B, L)
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.
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.
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.
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 5:55pm 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 for 2019||Availability||Status||Price||Book|
|1st Jun - 7th Jun 2019||Trip Full||FULLY BOOKED||£1,795|
|3rd Aug - 9th Aug 2019||Trip Full||FULLY BOOKED||£1,795|
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.
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:
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