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Puffin & Wildlife Tour

From £120 per adult

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April — July

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A full day excursion to the Treshnish Isles on the west side of Mull to visit the seabird colony is home over 3000 puffins, razorbills, guillemots and fulmars to name a few. On the journey we have chances to see whales, dolphins and eagles.

The Puffin Tour is very popular, the only downside is that people don’t want to leave! The island is part of the Treshnish Isles Special Area of Conservation which is a highly important area for seabirds. There can be up to 3000 puffins on the island in addition to other seabirds such as razorbills, guillemots and fulmars to name a few. 

Around the cliffs of the island there are numerous burrows where the puffins nest, and later in the season you sometimes watch the hatched pufflings (baby puffins) poke their head out for a look. On the puffin tour we are able to get very close to the burrows and watch the adults fly back and forward bringing fish to the burrow. We always ensure that we don't go too close and disturb the birds.

This is a photographer's dream and trying to capture the 'puffin with fish in beak' shot is the frustrating but challenging task. The puffins only land for a few seconds before heading into their burrows. The puffins form pair bonds and spend the winter out at sea, heading back to the island around early May and stay till the start of August.

We always have a guide onboard who will keep a sharp eye out for all the wildlife and will accompany you on the island. Landings will be via small dingy so a basic level of fitness is required to hop on and off the boat and land on the island. We would advise you to wear sturdy footwear for the island landing.

To reach the island from Oban is a long day, approx 90 nautical miles (~160km) and with small passengers numbers and personailsed service this is not a budget trip. As it's such a distance we also need minimum numbers to run the tour along with favorable weather. A pick up is also available from Tobermory, Isle of Mull.=

Contact details

Basking Shark Scotland
Dunstaffnage Marina
PA37 1PX
Oban Tobermory & North Mull
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Adventure Island Hopping Landscapes Photography Wildlife

Tour prices


  • £120 Per Adult
  • £80 Per child
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Tour company information

Basking Shark Scotland

We specialise in adventure wildlife tourism, offering transformation experiences swimming with basking sharks around the Inner Hebrides. The sharks are seasonal visitors to our coastlines so we also run many other wildlife & watersports tours, charters and overseas expeditions. Along with an active science programme on the sharks.

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Tours March-October

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