Mull wildlife holiday in Scotland

“Our only 7 day wildlife holiday on the Isle of Mull, with four full days on the island for wildlife safaris with expert naturalist guides.”

Highlights

Isle of Mull | Full day wildlife safari | Whale watching trip | Treshnish Islands | Waterfront hotel | Expert wildlife guides | Free time to explore other islands

Description of Mull wildlife holiday in Scotland

For wildlife holidays in Scotland, looking west to the Isle of Mull is a good way to point your compass. The second largest island in the Inner Hebrides, wildlife is prolific, not least because of whale watching opportunities, with these Scottish waters home to minke whales and sometimes even an orca or two.

This independent week-long holiday includes three full day guided wildlife experiences plus plenty of time to explore as you wish. We pre-arrange a trip on the water for a day in the company of expert marine biologists not only in search of whales, but also dolphins, basking sharks, porpoises and seals swimming off the shores of Mull. Another trip brings you to the nearby Treshnish Isles: from late spring into summer, you can see puffins up close and personal as they nest on these remote, uninhabited island idylls. And this Mull wildlife holiday spends as much time on land as it does on water, with local guides to help you spot red deer on the island’s mountainous south side, find hen harriers hovering over marshes and remote bays or maybe discover and marvel at otters playing or fishing by the shore. Other prolific birdlife to bring your binoculars for on Mull, but also some of the other small islands that we visit, include magnificent white tailed and golden eagles, cuckoos, skylarks and mistle thrush, to name but a few. There is so much to spot as you explore the main island, where there are 260 bird species alone.

You will stay throughout in Tobermory, with its famous multi-coloured waterfront houses. Your accommodation is a locally-owned hotel in a clever conversion of several fishermen’s cottages, giving easy access to the town’s pubs, restaurants, independent shops and lively arts centre, Comar.




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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made from late April to the end of September
Our top tip:
Take a day trip to the Isle of Iona on one of your days off. It is a very special place.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Accomm:
Small locally owned hotel.
Included:
Accommodation, breakfasts, car ferry, full day wildlife safari, 6 hour whale watch, wildlife guides, Treshnish islands trip.
Meals:
Several eateries all keen to show off fine local produce. Check out the Ale of Mull.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mull wildlife holiday in Scotland

Environment

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 wildlife tours - one on land and one at sea, plus a boat trip to the Treshnish Isles. There are two days at leisure to explore the island - we recommend you do this on foot or by local bus and we will provide recommendations for what to do and where to go.

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.

Community

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 Mull wildlife holiday in 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 19 Jul 2016 by

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


On a boat trip looking for whales, which we didn't find but at one point we
were surrounded by a large family of bottle nose dolphins playing

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


Just relax and follow the recomendations in the pre holiday file sent to
you by holiday company, excellent

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


Definately

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


We will certainly go with them again

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2015 by

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


The holiday in Mull was an overall highlight. Everything was fine and went smoothly. The documentation was waiting for me in Oban as arranged (that's always a good start). The ferry from Oban to Craignure went without problem; as foot passenger I could choose which ferry I wanted to take. The hotel in Tobermory was very nice, the room very welcoming (7) - and the noise from the kitchen (many laughters, which I assumed were a good sign) stopped not too late. The day-off on Sunday allowed me to discover Tobermory, make some shopping (good advices in Robert's recommendations) and walk to Tobermory's lighthouse. The Discover Mull Tour on Monday was a great experience, which allowed the participants to see i. a. some of the "Big Five" of Mull: Otter, White-Tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Red Deer. The Whale-Watching Tour on Tuesday with Sea Life Surveys was also quite exciting, although cetaceans shown themselves mainly at the end of the Tour. The crew provided useful and knowledgeable information - as well as biscuits and tea (or coffee). The trip back to Oban was also perfect.

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


First of all, to take warm clothes, even in Mid-July, especially for a boat trip; waterproof garments are of course always a good idea.
Second, to have some ideas of waht to do on the day-off. Tobermory is a nice place, but rather small and after shopping and visiting the distillery, there is still quite a lot of time left for something else. I enjoy hiking, so I gathered a few ideas from Internet before my departure.
Third to take your own binoculars everywhere with you - if you are interested in watching wild animals.
Fourth and last, have in mind that it is a small and quiet place which should remain so as long as possible.

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


Yes. I have the strong feeling that the accomodation and the tours were made with local people seriously engaged in the preservation of nature. Thanks!

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


It was a great holiday !

Reviewed on 07 Jul 2014 by

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


Mull is a wonderful island where you will not find a disappointing view. The wildlife trips organized as part of the holiday package were excellent. Each trip was conducted by very professional and knowledgeable experts covering all aspects of the local flora and fauna.

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


Trips to Staffa and Lunga are a must if you want to get up close and personal with puffins. Staffa and the amazing Fingal's Cave are not to be missed.
A visit to Iona is also well worth the effort. It is a most serene and spiritual island.
However long you spend on these islands, it is never long enough!

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


Responsible tourism does play a major part in island life. The wildlife teams all support the local environment and relay this passion to the visitors, having a knock on effect for everyone to take home and consider wherever they may live.

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


A truly excellent holiday experience. Regrettably, we did not see whales or sea otters during our visit, but that is the way with wildlife. (hence the four stars below) We are considering when we will return to Mull to continue our adventures.
Thank you

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2013 by

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


All accommodation was situated in the best possible place for fantastic views and
access to wildlife tours

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


Read the comprehensive holiday pack carefully, its full of very helpful info,
including 'Robert's recommendations' as these were fantastic for restaurant ideas
and ideas of places to go/things to do.

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


All accommodation was in small family run hotels which employed local people.
Wildlife guides were knowledgeable and helped us to appreciate the special nature
of the different islands habitats and wildlife.

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


Excellent

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