Wild Scotland Part 2: Islands

xx May - yy June 2019

Welcome to Part 2 of our fully flexible Wild Scotland Safari 2019! 

This section may be booked alone but is also perfect to combine with either or both of the other sections

Wild Scotland Part 1: Highlands

Wild Scotland Part 3: Hidden Gems

ISLANDS OVERVIEW

On this leg of our epic Scotland Safari we concentrate on species associated with the sea...and ironically we will be doing a lot of walking!

 

White tailed sea eagles are one of Scotland's most magnificent wildlife sightings, and also one of the country's great conservation success stories. During our bespoke photography boat trip we will spend several hours out at sea with these awesome birds as they patrol the skies above and dive for fish close to the boat.  A thrilling experience and a real photographic challenge!

Otters are shy but on our Mull wildlife tour our local expert guide will get us as close to these charming creatures as possible, on foot on a private otter walk.

Birdlife on the island includes golden eagle, hen harrier, short eared owl, while the coast attracts a plethora of waders in summer too.

Puffins are undoubtedly the bird that most people visit the Treshnish Isles to see, and here you'll encounter them closer than anywhere else, making for wonderful photography.  Although puffins may be the stars, you'll also find over 40 different species of birds on Lunga, including razorbills, thousands of guillemots on the Harp Rock, fulmars, storm petrels, kittiwakes, herring gulls, and shags (plus if we're lucky a few rarer migrants).  As well as concentrating on the birds -  the coast attracts a plethora of waders in summer too - we will look out for whales, basking sharks, dolphins, porpoise and seals from the boat, and visit Fingals Cave on the Isle of Staffa - a hugely impressive geological wonder that also happens to be very photogenic.

Flora is another highlight,, with a variety of habitats and little gems like sundew on this jewel of Scottish islands.

Otter

short eared owl

ISLANDS ITINERARY

(Wednesday 5 June)

Travel Day for those joining us for both Highlands and Islands sections of the safari

A relaxed start to the day then we continue our Scotland safari with a scenic drive to Oban where we will catch the ferry across to the Isle of Mull, our base for the next 4 nights. Ferry boarding approx 1500.

Overnight - Mull Accommodation

Day 1

Full Day

We will split into two smaller groups for the next two days, during which we'll photograph two key species: otters and eagles.

One group will go in search of otters, on foot on a privately guided photography walk (Mull Magic (Ruth)

The other group will walk through the heart of Mull's golden eagle territory, also searching for short eared owls, hen harrier and more Mull star species on this privately guided photography walk (Mull Magic (Ruth)

Overnight - Mull Accommodation

Day 2

Full Day

Whichever walk your group did yesterday, you will do the other one today, photographing more iconic species along the way.

 

Overnight - Mull Accommodation

Day 3

Half day 

Morning / Evening - to be confirmed

A private charter photography boat trip to photograph white tailed sea eagles in flight, diving and fishing in optimum light and close to the boat.

Rest of Day

Free - processing/activities

Overnight - Mull Accommodation

Day 4

Full Day

Today we head over to the Treshnish Islands by boat, the finest place to photograph puffins, razorbills, guillemots and shags, plus a chance to see whale, dolphin and Fingal’s Cave, Staffa on the way

Evening

Review and END OF ISLANDS SECTION

Overnight - Mull Accommodation