Mull Winter Escape
Duration: 5 days
Participants: 12 Maximum
Forget what you’ve heard about Scottish winters – this may be the best time to see some of Scotland’s most iconic wildlife and stunning scenery. Join us on Mull as we discover white-tailed and golden eagles soaring above frosty moorland, otter cubs cavorting on the shoreline and red deer standing proudly against a majestic wintery backdrop. Bird life on Mull remains prolific in winter, with great northern divers, barnacle and white-fronted geese, hen harriers and a variety of owls and wintering ducks.
Our tours are tailored to your requirements – which means we don’t have a rigid itinerary to stick to. We will contact you before the trip to find out what you are most interested in, whether that be wildlife, walking, photography or a bit of everything. We will then make a plan based on your preferences, local weather conditions and our knowledge of Mull’s wildlife. Bearing that in mind sample itinerary is provided below to give you an idea of what you can expect.
You will be met at the Oban ferry terminal by our guides where, if you are very lucky, you may see your first sighting of otters or grey seals as we wait to board the ferry. On the short trip to over to Mull, you will learn a little more about your guides – while keeping an look out for interesting seabirds and marine mammals. The drive to your accommodation on the south of the island will be your first opportunity to experience the untamed beauty of this wild Scottish island, and your guide will point out interesting geological and historical features along the way. Once we arrive at your accommodation, we will head out on a short walk to introduce you to your surroundings, where you are likely to see hen harriers and possibly otters. After dinner, we will retreat to the cosy, firelit lounge for an evening talk on the natural history of Mull.
With an early(ish) start today, we’ll travel round several coastal and lochside sites to look for waders, wintering ducks and geese, and divers. As with any other day, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for otters at all times! In the afternoon, we take the ferry to Iona, where St. Columba is credited with bringing Christianity to Scotland in 573 AD. You will be free to delve into Iona’s rich history or browse the various arts and crafts galleries and stores as you wish. Before returning to the accommodation we will enjoy a meal together, sampling the best of the local cuisine.
Today we visit the main village on the island, Tobermory. Here we can visit the island’s only whisky distillery, the museum, the aquarium, or even play a cliff top round of golf. Alternatively, you can enjoy a walk of your choosing, perhaps to the volcanic Crater Loch, along the coast to the legendary whisky cave, or through woodlands strewn with sculptures to Calgary Bay. We will return to our accommodation for our evening meal, after which we’ll go out looking (or listening) for owls.
Today our guides will lead two walks. One group will head up Ben More, the only island munro not on Skye. Up here we have a chance of seeing mountain hare and one of the handful of ptarmigan on Mull. Even without the wildlife, the spectacular views are almost guaranteed! The alternative walk will be a long-ish but gentler walk exploring some of the different habitats Mull has to offer, and hopefully getting good views of red deer, eagles, buzzards, and hen harriers. We will then return to our accommodation for a home-cooked evening meal and a dram, where our naturalist will give a final evening talk.
This marks the last day of the trip, and by now we will hopefully have uncovered all the winter wildlife Mull has to offer. This morning will see us heading up the coast towards the ferry terminal at our leisure, with stops to look at yet more interesting wildlife. You will arrive back in Oban mid-late afternoon.
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