Mull: The Island of Eagles and Otters

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  • 08 May–16 May 2020 – New for 2020
9 days
from £1,849 pp
Tour code: AGT1178

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    Upcoming Tour Date:

    • 08 May–16 May 2020 – New for 2020
    9 days
    from £1,849 pp
    Tour code: AGT1178

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      Tour Code AGT1178
      Max Group Size 11
      Single Supplement £400
      Start/End Point Inverness / Inverness
      Tour Manager Mike Read

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      Would you prefer to fly from your local airport or spend a few days at the end of your tour on the beach? We are happy to help you arrange any additional requirements you may have from airport parking and hotels to pre and post tour hotel stays. Whilst the majority of our tours use group flights from London airports it is often possible to offer regional departures or connections – give us a call on 01425 480600 and let us help make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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      Lying a brief 15-minute ferry crossing from the Scottish mainland, Mull has become known as the ‘Sea Eagle Capital’ of Britain. What is less well known is that it also holds the UK’s densest population of Golden Eagles, too.

      On this tour we will search for Eagles, other raptors including Peregrines, Hen Harriers, Merlins, Short-eared Owls and summer visitors such as Northern Wheatears, Whinchats and Corncrakes.

      Take two wildlife watching boat trips, one to the Treshnish Islands which includes Fingal’s Cave and Lunga Island (home to thousands of breeding seabirds including Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Guillemots and European Shags). The second will be to see feeding Sea Eagles as well as looking out for other seabirds such as Common Eiders and Scoters.  Other coastal areas will be searched from the land as we look out for Otters, Great Northern and Red-throated Divers, and we may even see Porpoises or other cetaceans. Sandy bays may hold migrating waders such as Whimbrels, Ruddy Turnstones, Dunlins and Sanderlings, which will be passing through on their way to their Arctic breeding grounds.

      For the duration of this easy-going tour, you will be escorted by Mike Read, a wildlife photographer who specialises in flora, fauna and landscapes.

      This tour is limited to 11 places. Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

      Words from Your Tour Manager…

      “I have been designing, researching and leading wildlife watching and photographic tours for well over 30 years now both in Britain and in many foreign locations as far afield as the Falkland Islands.

      Wherever I go, I always connect the wildlife to the place. It is just great to see those fabulous ocean wanderers, albatrosses, in flight over a back-lit Southern ocean or to hear red deer stags roaring during the autumn rut in the heather-clad glens of Scotland. Just thinking about things like that gives me a thrill!”

      Mike Read

      Highlights

      • Expertise of special guest Mike Read
      • Close views of spectacular White-tailed Sea Eagles
      • Visiting Lunga Island for close views of Atlantic Puffins and other seabirds

      What’s Included

      • Return flights from your choice of regional airports to Inverness
      • Seven nights’ accommodation in a good standard hotel and one night pre-tour accommodation in Inverness
      • Daily breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner
      • All excursions and entrance fees
      • All transport
      • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Arrival (D)

      Arrive into Inverness from your choice of regional airports and transfer to the hotel for your included pre-tour night.

      Overnight: Inverness

      Day 2 - Mull (D)

      Begin our onward journey across Scotland to catch the ferry from Lochaline to Fishnish in Mull. Subject to weather, we may have time for a small detour on the way to begin our search for wildlife. The journey will be at a leisurely pace with comfort stops as necessary.

      Overnight: Mull

      Day 3 - Tobermory / Devaig / Eas Fors (B, L, D)

      Visit Tobermory, the ‘capital’ of Mull, and along the seafront see the array of brightly coloured buildings. After coffee at a local café, continue around the ‘Northern loop’, stopping frequently to search for wildlife. Near Devaig there is a tidal bay where we usually find Red-breasted Mergansers, Greylag Gesse, Common Redshanks, Dunlins and other species. Further stops will be made at the Eas Fors waterfall where Greytails can be seen beside the rushing waters.

      Overnight: Mull

      Day 4 - Staffa / Lunga (B, L, D)

      Make our way to the quay for the first of our boat trips to Staffa and Lunga. Throughout the crossings, search for various sea birds including Great Skuas, Manx Shearwaters, Black Guillemots and other species of Auks. There is also the possibility of seeing cetaceans including Porpoises and Bottlenose dolphins.

      Staffa is home to the famous Fingal’s Cave, a large sea cave amongst impressive columnar basalt cliffs. On Lunga, we will have time to see breeding seabirds including Eurasian Shags, Common Guillemots and Razorbills. Most loved of all, of course, are the Atlantic Puffins, which we get very close to.

      Overnight: Mull

      Day 5 - Iona / Mull (B, L, D)

      Today, visit the island of Iona, renowned as a breeding ground for elusive Corncrakes. We also visit the Abbey nearby’s cemetery, which houses the remains of former Labour leader John Smith. Migrating birds such as Whimbrel also occur here occasionally, while Swallows and House Martins fly around searching for insects. After spending about three hours here, return to Mull and visit Uisken Bay. The road to this beautiful sandy beach holds birds such as Northern Wheatear, Cuckoo and Meadow Pipits with Twite a further possibility. If the beach is quiet, there may be waders such as Ringed Plovers, Dunlins and Turnstones present. There will be stops on the return journey to search the shoreline for Otters, Eiders, and other interesting wildlife.

      Overnight: Mull

      Day 6 - Loch boat trip (B, L, D)

      Take a small boat out on one of two sea lochs in the hope of attracting White-tailed Eagles to thrown fish. Once the eagle “locks on” to a floating fish, the action becomes fast and furious!

      For the remainder of the day, other locations will be visited, normally including a walk beside Loch Ba for woodland birds and birds of prey.

      Overnight: Mull

      Day 7 - Loch Na Keal / Loch Scridain (B, L, D)

      Today we head out to Loch Na Keal, Loch Scridain and discover the ‘Southern Loop’. Depending on the state of the tide, both sea lochs are an excellent place for find otters. Overhead will be both Golden and White-tailed Eagles as well as common Buzzards. On the sea there may be up to 20 Great Northern Divers, in various states of plumage, as well as Eider Ducks, Red-breasted Mergansers and Greylag Geese. Along the shoreline will be Common Sandpiper while the grasslands hold Northern Wheatears, Hen Harriers and Short-Eared Owls.

      Overnight: Mull

      Day 8 - Loch Don / Loch Spelve / Glen More (B, L, D)

      Explore Loch Don, Loch Spelve and Glen More on the south-eastern end of Mull. Search for Eider Ducks, late staying Great Northern Divers/Loons, various flowers, Feral Goats and Otters. The minor road beside Loch Spelve continues and passes the freshwater Loch Uisg and eventually reaches the sea again at Loch Buie. We will also try for a final sighting of Golden Eagles today.

      Overnight: Mull

      Day 9 - Departure (B)

      Depart for Inverness for our onward journeys.

      Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £400 — subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

      Call us today on 01425 480 600

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