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.”

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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.

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.

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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.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Accomm:
Small, locally owned hotel.
Included:
Accommodation, breakfasts, one picnic lunch, car ferry, wildlife safari, whale watching trip, expert wildlife guides.
Meals:
Several pubs and restaurants all keen to show off local produce. Check out the Ale of Mull.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Wildlife holiday in the Isle of Mull, Scotland

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

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.

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.

10 Reviews of Wildlife holiday in the Isle of Mull, Scotland

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Reviewed on 20 Sep 2019 by

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


The dolphins joining us and
riding the bow waves of our
boat trip

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


Itís quite expensive on the
island so be prepared for that.
Take suncream and thermals
as the weather changes in a
heartbeat

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


Yes , all three

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


Itís been lovely . We had some
delays on our returning ferry
but Daniela kept us up to date with info and
resources . It was good to know
we were looked after so well.
The Vamoos app is brilliant
and so easy to use

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2019 by

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


The whale watching boat trip: we saw loads of fantastic wildlife (including whales!) and the guides were all amazing. The Discover Mull was also brilliant though (just not as lucky with the weather), nothing to fault with either.

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


Not sure, maybe look up some nice walks around Tobermory for your free day, although we found plenty to do with one day. We did feel it went very quickly so maybe a good idea to try to book a longer stay in the area.

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


Yes hopefully, although would be nice for the boat trip not to have used one-use coffee cups. Great local bars and places to eat.

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


Fantastic! Great experience overall and lovely setting. We had some travel nightmares on the way up with our trains but the operator was very helpful and even offered to pay for a taxi for us from Craignure to our B&B. Just too short!

Reviewed on 06 Jun 2019 by

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


Our day trip with Sealife Surveys - the most incredible day, saw Minke Whales close up, common dolphins, porpoises, seals, eagles and lots of fantastic seabirds. The guys on this trip were very knowledgeable, and so passionate about wildlife. One of my best experiences ever.

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


Take camera, binoculars. Dont let the weather forecast put you off. Weather changed hourly. Great place to explore

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


Yes.

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


One of the best.

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2019 by

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


Seeing the wildlife and being able to have it all identified with tour guides

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


Be prepared for a long journey, on a slow train from Glasgow, and for the possibility of ferry cancellations which is why we did need the extra time that was part of the timetable, and at first look was 4 hours waiting in Glasgow

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


Definitely benefited local people in terms of tourism. Not sure it reduced environmental impact, except we did not take a car and used public transport. In terms of conservation, awareness of wild life is always good.

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


Fantastic!!

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2019 by

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


The land safari, which was amazing. The guide was really knowledgable and we saw lots of wildlife and such beautiful scenery.

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


If you're a lone traveller and want a holiday with a group, where you get to know others, then don't book this holiday. I was disappointed, as with other wildlife
holidays I have got to know people and even made lasting friendships. This time I was on my own the entire time, apart from the land safari. (The whale
watching trip was cancelled due to bad weather). Also, the B and B was lovely, but to get to the main street in Tobermory you had to go up and down a very, very steep hill. It would have been much better to have had a car, especially as the whale watching trip was cancelled and I had to find something else to do.

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


Yes.

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


A nice break in a stunningly beautiful place.

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2018 by

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


Relaxing, get away from it all, experience immersing yourself in the Isle of Mull and its landscape and wildlife.

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


Take time to discover Tobermory on foot - walk to the lighthouse and explore the rock pools.

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


Yes, we made the most of using the local opportunities and businesses that actively supported conservation and wildlife.

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


Very enjoyable, personally-tailored, short break away from city living. Hoping to go again with more of the family.

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2017 by

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


The 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.

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


Sea safari - Make sure you are waterproof and wind / cold proof head to foot, even if it seems OK when you leave port things can change in the blink of aneye, so carry gear for ALL weathers. Same advice for land safari, but conditions shouldn't be so potentially severe

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


Yes, to a degree. It is nice to be able to help the locals by spending some money through their businesses, and all the companies were eco aware.

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


We found the friendliness and level of customer service from all involved to be outstanding. A genuine ten out of ten.

Reviewed on 20 May 2017 by

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


Seeing a sea eagle for the first time. Also the train journey from Glasgow to Oban

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


Go with a travel buddy, in order to save on overall costs and to have a backup if your phone stops working the day before you leave (as mine did, so no photos unfortunately).

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


Yes

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


I wish I could have shared it with someone, or failing that had more opportunity to get to know fellow travellers. Why are there so few organised groups holidays for that part of Scotland in May?

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?


Brilliant.

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