Mull wildlife holiday in Scotland
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 in the company of expert local guides 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 islandís 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 for the week in Tobermory. Small but perfectly formed, your small hotel resides amidst Tobermory's 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.
14 Reviews of Mull wildlife holiday in Scotland
Reviewed on 16 May 2022 by Heather KerrMost memorable were dolphins surrounding the boat, then a huge pod of dolphins swimming across towards us from the right. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 May 2022 by Andrew HarrisonThe trip was an excellent way to escape and relax. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 May 2022 by Gary MillerMull is a great place to visit, if you get good weather, which we did. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 May 2021 by Robin AthawesA superb holiday that will live in the memory for many a year. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Oct 2021 by Linda RoweIt was a great outdoorsy holiday... Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Jul 2018 by Michael HallA memorable experience....The wildlife in general (eagles, otters and more!), but in particular the boat trip to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles. Being able to get so close to puffins, razorbills and shags on Lunga was an incredible experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 May 2018 by Patricia SmithWe saw lots of wildlife but I think my most memorable moment was being surrounded by nesting puffins on Lunga Island. We had a wonderful time. Scotland is a marvellous country that I canít recommend highly enough. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Aug 2017 by Helen ArbonWe all loved the sheer breathtaking beauty of the island. The tour was fantastic; Jaquie was a brilliant, friendly and knowledgeable guide. Our tour was amazing because the dolphins and porpoises decided to put on a dazzling show! Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Aug 2017 by Diego MaritanoWe spent all day in the wild life and we have been rewarded by spotting eagles and deer's a little far away but great. we definitely enjoyed the superb environment in Mull. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 May 2017 by Jim RoebuckSeeing whales was the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jul 2016 by Liz LesterAt one point we were surrounded by a large family of bottle nose dolphins playing Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jul 2015 by Luc DeneysI have the strong feeling that the accommodation and the tours were made with local people seriously engaged in the preservation of nature. It was a great holiday! Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Jul 2014 by David HayersMull 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. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Sep 2013 by Janet KellyExcellent...All accommodation was situated in the best possible place for fantastic views and access to wildlife tours Read full review
PlanetWe 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 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.
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.