Wildlife vacation in the Isle of Mull, Scotland

“Our only 5 day wildlife vacation on the Isle of Mull, with 2 days for wildlife safaris, including a whale watching trip. With expert naturalist guides.”

Highlights

Isle of Mull | Full day wildlife safari | 6 hour whale watching trip | Exert wildlife guides

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made from late April to the end of September
Our top tip:
Take sea-sickness tablets for the day boat trip. And a bit of whisky in your hipflask.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Accomm:
Small, locally owned hotel.
Included:
Accommodation, breakfasts, one picnic lunch, car ferry, wildlife safari, whale watching trip, expert wildlife guides.
Meals:
Several pubs and restaurants all keen to show off local produce. Check out the Ale of Mull.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Wildlife vacation in the Isle of Mull, Scotland

Environment

On our wildlife vacations, we carefully select our partners to ensure the highest standards in wildlife viewing and conservation. Established over thirty years ago, our whale-watching partner is the most experienced in the UK, and their trips have featured on many TV programmes, including BBC's Coast and recently Ray Mears' "Wild Britain" on ITV. There are always marine biologists onboard who continue to actively conduct a research programme focused on the minke whale, contributing directly to marine conservation. Through this survey, there is now much greater awareness and knowledge about the behaviour of cetaceans off the west coast of Scotland. Of course, it is illegal to hunt whales and sharks in the waters around Britain, which is sadly not the case in some other whalewatching destinations.

White-tailed eagles were reintroduced to the West of Scotland three or four decades ago, after serious persecution and trophy-hunting in Victorian times had decimated the once-thriving British population of these magnificent birds. They are now a frequent and impressive sight, soaring over the Isle of Mull. They are successfully breeding and re-establishing themselves in their natural habitat, and are no longer threatened here, as their economic value in bringing visitors to the island is greatly appreciated.

Otters are elusive and rare mammals, but the Isle of Mull has the highest density anywhere in the UK, so there are reasonable chances of spotting them at play or at rest, especially when accompanied by our knowledgeable guide.

We are continually increasing our range of public transport vacations for those who actively choose low-carbon transport. This vacation has been carefully-designed to allow you to experience the wildlife of Mull without a car, by linking up with two small group, full day tours - one on land and one at sea.

Community

We take the utmost care to choose local business partners who share our values and commitment to sustainable travel, preferring to work with locally-owned and managed businesses wherever possible. We build long-term relationships based on mutual trust with our business partners, with a joint commitment to excellent customer satisfaction and care for the environment. We directly employ a small team of local people in Glasgow. We offer part-time and flexible working. We ensure staff take undertake at least two recce visits in a year so that they have first-hand experience and knowledge of our products throughout Scotland and Ireland. All staff share our values of environmental and sustainable responsibility.

All of our vacation packs include "Robert's Recommendations" - our personally-researched tips on where to visit, where to eat and where to shop, focussing on local businesses, which are often off-the-beaten track. In this way, we encourage our customers to spread the tourist pound and thus sustain communities in the more remote and fragile corners of Scotland.

We are corporate supporters of the John Muir Trust, an organisation committed to protecting the wild land of the Scottish highlands and islands.

Reviews of Wildlife vacation in the Isle of Mull, Scotland

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The scenery was absolutely stunning even if the weather wasn't great but that's the risk with going to Scotland any time of year.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Pack for all weathers

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes as I stayed in local accommodation and used the local tour guides to go to the best places for wildlife spotting.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very enjoyable and well organised. The Sealife Survey trip out to sea was cut short due to it being too windy but a refund was given very quickly. All tour guides were helpful and knowledgeable. Unfortunately wildlife is unpredictable as is the weather but would definitely go back to try and see the stuff I missed this time around.

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was all very enjoyable - the Discover Mull excursion was a particular highlight, when we saw golden eagles flying - among a ton of other wildlife!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take sea-sickness tablets if you go on an all-day boat trip (it can get quite choppy), and insect repellent for the evenings.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Supported local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant.

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