chance to immerse yourself in the fabulously variant fauna and flora of the Isle of Mull and enjoy wonderful opportunities to see the wide variety of wildlife found on this beautiful island. Includes a day's whale-watching, where you'll have the ch
Your holiday starts with a memorable ferry trip from Oban, on the West Coast of Scotland, to the island of Mull, your base for the next four days.
Today's full-day 'wildlife safari' will not only introduce you to Mull's most spectacular wildlife hotspots, but is a great way to explore some of the more remote and hidden scenic highlights of this wildly beautiful island. Your friendly and knowledgeable guides, Pam and Arthur, will take you to the best wildlife spots, tucked away in secret locations that you would never otherwise discover. Look out for golden eagles soaring in silent glens and swooping down to protect their chicks....white tailed sea eagles hunting in coastal bays... black, red and great northern divers... hen harriers gliding over scrub and marshes... merlin and peregrine falcon stooping for prey... otters, seals and perhaps even porpoises sunning themselves in seaweed-strewn bays. There is always plenty of wildlife to look out for and enjoy some of the most glorious scenery in the world. Coffee and tea are supplied en route, binoculars are provided and Pam's homemade soup and buns are legendary!
Spotting a whale in the wild is still one of the greatest thrills in nature, and this holiday includes a full day whale-watch in co-operation with one of the UK's most experienced companies. All trips are part of an active research programme focused on minke whales and contributing directly to marine conservation. Marine biologists on board will help you spot minke whales and porpoises and you can do your bit as well by helping out with data collection. These waters are also frequented by several different species of dolphins and increasingly by the perfectly harmless basking shark. Rarer, but occasional visitors, are magnificent Orca (Killer Whales). You will spend about six hours at sea, perhaps landing on a remote island or cove, with chances to view sleek seals at close quarters, while experiencing the peace and tranquillity of this remarkable corner of the British Isles.
Day at leisure, perhaps to practice new-found bird spotting skills, or to explore the coastline, beaches and mountains of the island. You may also consider a day trip to the peaceful and spiritual neighbouring island of Iona.
Return by ferry to the mainland taking special memories and newly-discovered skills with you.
Hotel Option A - Dervaig
This cosy 17th century droving inn, is ideally situated between Tobermory and Calgary in the pretty Victorian village of Dervaig. Popular with the locals, who come from far and wide to soak up its convivial atmosphere, this is a place where visitors can enjoy traditional island hospitality, regular live music and wholesome highland fayre. Hearty meals and lighter bar snacks both feature fresh seafood and the finest Mull beef and venison. Accommodation (including family rooms) is quietly situated away from the hustle and bustle of the bar, and residents can escape to a private lounge/TV room with glorious views over the village and glen.
Hotel option B - Tobermory
Basking in the picture-postcard charm of Tobermory's stunning waterfront, your hotel has been cleverly converted from a row of fisherman's cottages into a delightful family-run establishment. Comfortable lounges and bedrooms offer a warm welcome just a stone's throw from one of the world's prettiest working harbours. The inviting - and locally popular - restaurant enjoys views across to Calve Island and offers plenty to tempt your palate; advance booking is advised. Tobermory itself is a lively little town with several friendly bars and other places to eat and has a real night-time buzz.