Tour At A Glance

Cost:

1200.00

Deposit:

250.00

Single Room Supplement:

150.00

Tour Code:

Leisurely with average of 3 miles walking per day

Group Size:

Seven plus Leader

White-tailed Eagle Atlantic Puffin Northern Marsh Orchid Slender Scotch Burnet Sunset over Loch Scridain Grey Wagtail

Mull & Iona - Midsummer Magic

Date: 24th - 30th June 2019 [SPACES]
Leaders: Ashley Saunders

Introduction

 

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Rugged scenery and long summer nights epitomise the romantic Western Isles of Scotland. Our tour to these evocative and wild places captures the true spirit and tranquillity of the islands .These are essentially mountainous islands, interspersed with sheltered sea lochs, inlets and moorland. The rocky coastline is heavily indented, though Mull itself is only forty km long and between five and thirty two km wide, while the influence of the Gulf Stream ensures a mild, but variable climate. The Sea Lochs of the southern end of the island host beautiful Red-throated Diver in its breeding dress and along with playful Otter can often be seen right outside our hotel. It may not be long before we encounter the majestic White-tailed Eagle which is at a higher density here than anywhere else in Scotland and there can be no greater sight than the mythical ‘flying barn door’ breaking the skyline of an adjacent mountain top. Our special boat trip with world-renowned Mull Charters could allow spine-tingling close ups of this, the world's second largest eagle, plunging into the water. Weather permitting, we hope to visit the uninhabited islands of Lunga and Staffa, home to a variety of sea birds. Northern Fulmar, Blacklegged Kittiwake, European Shag, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin and Black Guillemot should all be present and there is the possibility of Great and Arctic Skua from the boat as well as Northern Gannet and Manx Shearwater. We land on both islands and witness the massive basaltic columns that form the entrance to the world famous Fingal’s Cave. Extremely close views of the Atlantic Puffins will be possible as we sit by the entrances to their burrows made in the soft earth of the cliff top. It is not unusual to have a returning bird land at your feet, bill bulging with freshly caught sand-eels for its hungry chick that waits underground. A magical experience and just one of many amazing wildlife encounters that await you on Mull. The island of Iona, famous for its Abbey and St Columba who spread Christianity to Scotland, now resounds to the call of the Corncrake behind its dazzling white sand beaches.Wildflowers and insects abound in equal proportions and after fifteen years of visiting these islands, we know the best spots well. Join us for an island odyssey and see for yourself why this trip is so popular!

 

 

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