Wildlife holiday in the Isle of Mull, Scotland

“Our only 5 day wildlife holiday on the Isle of Mull, with 2 days for wildlife safaris, including a whale watching trip. With expert naturalist guides.”


Isle of Mull | Full day wildlife safari | 6 hour whale watching trip | Exert wildlife guides

Description of Wildlife holiday in the Isle of Mull, Scotland

This five day tailor made holiday to see Isle of Mull wildlife in all its glory starts in Oban, where you will take the ferry over to the island. An island with fecund fauna, you will have the services of naturalist guides, expert in Hebrides wildlife. With two full days of guided wildlife safaris, one will focus on land, with bird watching treats that include golden eagles sweeping over the islandís tranquil valleys and sea eagles dipping in and out of the islandís rocky and sandy bays. The islandís marshlands are perfect habitats for hen harriers and walks on quiet, rural lanes are great times to spot cuckoos, mistle thrush or skylarks. The highlight of your day may be stealthily watching otters at play by the loch shore.

The second guided safari is at sea, this time to go whale watching, guided by marine biologists who are also local conservationists. Your trip supports their work to monitor and protect minke whales, dolphins and porpoises as well as basking sharks. On your six hour trip, you will search for all of these species, which frequent the waters off Mull over the summer months. Orca, or killer whales, pass through from time to time if you are very lucky.

This Mull wildlife holiday is made complete by your stay in a small hotel of at the beautifully restored, waterfront cottages in Tobermory, the lively island hub well known for its multi-coloured terraced houses, and also home to pubs, shops and a busy arts centre, Comar. With one free day built into this itinerary, you will have plenty of time to explore at your own pace Ė perhaps enjoy a walk out to Rubha nan Gall lighthouse for views to Morvern and Ardnamurchan.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made from late April to the end of September
Our top tip:
Take sea-sickness tablets for the day boat trip. And a bit of whisky in your hipflask.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Small, locally owned hotel.
Accommodation, breakfasts, one picnic lunch, car ferry, wildlife safari, whale watching trip, expert wildlife guides.
Several pubs and restaurants all keen to show off local produce. Check out the Ale of Mull.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Wildlife holiday in the Isle of Mull, Scotland


On our wildlife holidays, we carefully select our partners to ensure the highest standards in wildlife viewing and conservation. Established over thirty years ago, our whale-watching partner is the most experienced in the UK, and their trips have featured on many TV programmes, including BBC's Coast and recently Ray Mears' "Wild Britain" on ITV. There are always marine biologists onboard who continue to actively conduct a research programme focused on the minke whale, contributing directly to marine conservation. Through this survey, there is now much greater awareness and knowledge about the behaviour of cetaceans off the west coast of Scotland. Of course, it is illegal to hunt whales and sharks in the waters around Britain, which is sadly not the case in some other whalewatching destinations.

White-tailed eagles were reintroduced to the West of Scotland three or four decades ago, after serious persecution and trophy-hunting in Victorian times had decimated the once-thriving British population of these magnificent birds. They are now a frequent and impressive sight, soaring over the Isle of Mull. They are successfully breeding and re-establishing themselves in their natural habitat, and are no longer threatened here, as their economic value in bringing visitors to the island is greatly appreciated.

Otters are elusive and rare mammals, but the Isle of Mull has the highest density anywhere in the UK, so there are reasonable chances of spotting them at play or at rest, especially when accompanied by our knowledgeable guide.

We are continually increasing our range of public transport holidays for those who actively choose low-carbon transport. This holiday has been carefully-designed to allow you to experience the wildlife of Mull without a car, by linking up with two small group, full day tours - one on land and one at sea.


We take the utmost care to choose local business partners who share our values and commitment to sustainable travel, preferring to work with locally-owned and managed businesses wherever possible. We build long-term relationships based on mutual trust with our business partners, with a joint commitment to excellent customer satisfaction and care for the environment. We directly employ a small team of local people in Glasgow. We offer part-time and flexible working. We ensure staff take undertake at least two recce visits in a year so that they have first-hand experience and knowledge of our products throughout Scotland and Ireland. All staff share our values of environmental and sustainable responsibility.

All of our holiday packs include "Robert's Recommendations" - our personally-researched tips on where to visit, where to eat and where to shop, focussing on local businesses, which are often off-the-beaten track. In this way, we encourage our customers to spread the tourist pound and thus sustain communities in the more remote and fragile corners of Scotland.

We are corporate supporters of the John Muir Trust, an organisation committed to protecting the wild land of the Scottish highlands and islands.

Reviews of Wildlife holiday in the Isle of Mull, Scotland

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The scenery was absolutely stunning even if the weather wasn't great but that's the risk with going to Scotland any time of year.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Pack for all weathers

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes as I stayed in local accommodation and used the local tour guides to go to the best places for wildlife spotting.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very enjoyable and well organised. The Sealife Survey trip out to sea was cut short due to it being too windy but a refund was given very quickly. All tour guides were helpful and knowledgeable. Unfortunately wildlife is unpredictable as is the weather but would definitely go back to try and see the stuff I missed this time around.

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It was all very enjoyable - the Discover Mull excursion was a particular highlight, when we saw golden eagles flying - among a ton of other wildlife!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take sea-sickness tablets if you go on an all-day boat trip (it can get quite choppy), and insect repellent for the evenings.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Supported local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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