The Isle of Mull – Wildlife, Walking and History

£2,980.00 per person

24 May - 1 Jun 2024

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The Aigas Experience
  • Set on a 300 acre estate dedicated to restoration ecology and home to an abundance of wildlife
  • A family run business, offering a “home away from home” feel
  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation dotted around the arboretum, a short walk from the main house
  • Hearty and seasonal fare, catering for all dietary requirements
  • Seven different wildlife hides offering opportunities to watch red squirrels, crested tits, crossbills, pine martens, badgers, raptors and more
  • No single supplement or extra charges

The Isle of Mull – Wildlife, Walking and History

 Wildlife makes Mull amazing, but it is the combination of wildlife, spectacular scenery, and a rich cultural heritage that makes Mull outstanding. Led by our Senior Ranger Dougie, who grew up on the island, this unique week-long expedition will reveal the true character of this place, its people, and the wildlife.

The Islands 

Mull is the second largest Inner Hebridean island, with 300 miles of coastline, several charming villages, and a mountainous interior. A 7-night stay is required to delve below the surface. We will spend a day on the picturesque Isle of Iona, and another day on the uninhabited Treshnish Isle of Lunga and the National Nature Reserve of Staffa. Dougie will show you how Mull and Iona have exciting close-knit community groups working to make these remote and inspiring islands better for residents, visitors and wildlife.

Wildlife 

Mull is famed for white-tailed eagles, golden eagles, hen harriers and otters – quietly observing these species will be a major focus of the week. Red deer, feral goats and hares on land, and red-throated divers in the sea-lochs reinforce the wild character of Mull. The day trip to Staffa and Lunga will enable close encounters with nesting colonies of puffins – a trip highlight. At sea there are excellent chances for other seabirds including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars, shags, great skuas, manx shearwaters, storm petrels and gannets. On the boat we may also see grey seals and harbour seals, and will keep an eye out for potential cetaceans: bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin and minke whale. The Crex crex call of the corncrake will taunt us as we search for this elusive bird on Iona. Mull and Iona also have an abundance of skylarks, cuckoos and wheatears. Wild Mull has a fascinating geological history, glacially carved coastline, moss-dripping Celtic rainforests, and rare invertebrates like the marsh fritillary butterfly and the slender-scotch burnet moth. 

Walking  

The full character of Mull is revealed when walked upon. There is nothing like walking through the wildflower-rich machair of Iona, nor into Fingal’s Cave on Staffa. Throughout the week, short to moderate (up to 5 km or around 10 km) walks will integrate excellent wildlife with fascinating geological or historical elements. These walks will be at a leisurely pace to maximise spotting, and will be dependent on weather, tides and group ambition. The walks will be mostly on good tracks, with occasional boggy or rocky sections so stout footwear is appropriate.

History 

The landscape of Mull and Iona is covered in traces left by peoples living on the islands for thousands of years. We will have a guided tour of Iona Abbey: the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland, founded by St Columba in 563 AD. We will visit neolithic stone circles, Viking landing bays, a coastline fortified with mediaeval castles, and ghostly, cleared crofting townships of the 19th century. Dougie will also share local stories passed down through generations living on Mull.

Logistics 

This price is fully inclusive of accommodation, all food, and travel to and from Mull. Accommodation will be in a hotel and guest house with single, double and king-size rooms and all en-suite. Price also includes accommodation, with dinner at Aigas on Friday 24th of May. The group will then travel in an Aigas minibus to Mull on Saturday 25th, returning on Saturday 1st of June. Meeting at Oban or Fort William on Saturday 25th may be arranged by calling the Aigas Office. 

 

23 May - 31 May 2025 - Fully Booked
Full Price: £3095
Deposit Required: £450