Wildlife holiday in the Isle of Mull, Scotland
picnic lunch) & a wildlife & whale-watching trip.
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 wildlife and whale watching, guided by expert local guides 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 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.
Small but perfectly formed, your small hotel resides amidst Tobermorys elegant conservation area. High above the harbour, you can escape the village bustle yet are still just a short walk from Main Street. Sweeping views across the bay can be enjoyed from large comfortable sofas in one of the two guest lounges. With just six small, but beautifully furnished, bedrooms two even have a four-poster bed the friendly owners aim to make your stay a rather luxurious home from home.
13 Reviews of Wildlife holiday in the Isle of Mull, Scotland
Reviewed on 31 Aug 2021 by Angie GuestExcellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jul 2021 by Gesche McGibbonA wonderful experience. And the Highland Cottage hotel in Tobermory was a real gem. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Oct 2020 by Doug D'AubreyExcellent it will be a holiday I will never forget Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Sep 2019 by Marie StevensThe dolphins joining us and riding the bow waves of our boat trip was memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jun 2019 by Rebecca WardThe whale watching boat trip was memorable. We saw loads of fantastic wildlife (including whales!) and the guides were all amazing. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Jun 2019 by Hazel SmithThe most incredible day was when we saw Minke Whales, common dolphins, porpoises, seals, eagles and lots of fantastic seabirds. It was one of my best experiences ever. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jun 2019 by Susan MusgraveSeeing the wildlife and being able to have it all identified with our tour guides was memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Sep 2019 by Margaret WoskettThe land safari... was amazing. The guide was really knowledgable and we saw lots of wildlife and such beautiful scenery. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Jul 2018 by Marion CowanRelaxing, get away from it all, experience immersing yourself in the Isle of Mull and its landscape and wildlife. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jun 2017 by Jonathan HuggettThe sea and land safaris and the Tobermory hotel were all memorable for different reasons, but the one that ran through all of them was the excellent level of customer service. A genuine ten out of ten. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 May 2017 by Louisa RadiceThe most memorable was seeing a sea eagle for the first time. Also the train journey from Glasgow to Oban. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Sep 2014 by Jennifer LaceyVery enjoyable and well organised....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. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Aug 2014 by Louise KeableIt was all very enjoyable - the Discover Mull excursion was a particular highlight, when we saw golden eagles flying - among a ton of other wildlife! Read full review
PlanetOn 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 expert local guides 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.
PeopleWe 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.
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