Mull is one of the UK’s great hotspots for wildlife. With magnificent ocean and mountain vistas, soaring eagles and perhaps the most visible otters in the country. This tour includes great opportunities to explore the island’s shoreline with an expert guide. From a hike up the great Ben More, in search of golden eagles and red deer, to an exhilarating exploration of the seas around Mull in search of whales and basking sharks – this will be a diverse trip with wildlife abounding.
GROUP DEPARTURES: OCTOBER 2019. MAY, JUNE, SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2020.
The tour starts at Oban train station. We then take the ferry to Craignure on Mull which takes about 45 minutes and carry on by road to Loch na Keal, about 30 minutes away, where we will stay for the next five nights. Tour briefing and overnight.
With the services of an expert guide, we spend the day walking remote, stunning coastal paths in areas frequented by otters. We have an excellent chance to spot them amongst the seaweed, looking for food. Other marine mammals such as grey seals are likely to be spotted, and we will have plenty of opportunity to scan the sea for dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks. The birdlife includes puffins, shags and white-tailed eagles. Overnight on Loch na Keal. (Breakfast & packed lunch.)
Head out to sea with the island’s premier marine life watching outfit to look for minke whales, basking sharks and a host of other marine mammals and magnificent birds, including white-tailed eagles. Overnight Loch na Keal. (Breakfast & packed lunch.)
Today we take on Mull’s famous Munro, Ben More. It is known as the mountain of the eagle because of the excellent opportunity to watch Scotland’s favourite bird, the golden eagle. Hen harriers and white-tailed eagles may also be seen. There are also large mammals, of course, and we expect to find red deer on the mountain. In autumn, this adds an extra dimension as the melancholy bellow of the stags fills the air.
This is a mildly challenging walk, but well within the capabilities of those who regularly hike in such places as the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Overnight Loch na Keal. (Breakfast & packed lunch.)
Once again we head out with our wildlife expert to scour the mountain tops, glens and loch-sides in search of the magnificent Mull wildlife. Depending on the time of year we’ll be able to visit nest sites for golden and white-tailed eagles, as well as looking for otters and seals in and around the water’s edge. Overnight Loch na Keal. (Breakfast & packed lunch.)
After breakfast, we take the ferry back to Oban. (Breakfast.)
The trip includes accommodation on a B & B basis, with packed lunches on the four days of guided trips. It also includes all guided walks and tours by vehicle and boat, transfers each way from Oban and the services of a Footloose guide at all times. Please note that train tickets are currently available from £98.50 return, Oxenholme to Oban.
Eden Place Hartley Kirkby Stephen Cumbria CA17 4AP