ITINERARY

Mull and the Small Isles – 6 night cruise (Friday to Thursday)

Availability 7th to 13th September 7 places                                                             (1 double cabin, 2 twin cabins, 1 single cabin*)

* Double or Twin cabin £1250 per person, single cabin £1500

A gentle cruise where we take advantage of the natural shelter of the islands. Walks planned daily. This is a great time of year for a variety of seabirds, raptors and cetaceans. In recent years we’ve had wonderful encounters with huge pods of dolphins and also large groups of Basking Sharks.

Destination: Guests join motor vessel Hjalmar Bjorge at around 1600 on Friday 7 September in Oban. Our departure shortly thereafter will see us on anchor for our first evening meal aboard. 

The itinerary is dependent on weather – balancing shelter with reaching our preferred destinations – but may include, for example, some of the following places: Mull, the Small Isles (Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck), the west coast of Skye, the Treshnish Isles, Gometra, Iona, Coll and the Garvellachs, etc. Excellent time of year for cetaceans, plus eagles, seabirds and picturesque sunsets. Dark skies with the possibility of viewing the Northern Lights.

On the final day we head back into Oban for your departure after breakfast on Thursday 13 September.

Wildlife highlights we’ve enjoyed on previous cruises:

Birds of prey like Buzzards & Kestrel are widespread, with Sparrowhawk & Peregrine needing more patience & luck is needed to see the diminutive Merlin – Black Guillemots (known as Tysties) in their striking plumage – Smart Dippers & Grey Wagtails bobbing along stream sides – Responsible viewing of Golden & Sea Eagles as they afford privileged views on their territories, hunting for prey to feed their chicks in spring, with sightings of successfully fledged young ending the season – Gannets plunge diving for food– Hooded Crows, strikingly different from their southern cousins – Rum’s massive Manx Shearwater colony allows incredible views as they raft offshore around the Small Isles or shear the waves in feeding parties – Incredibly acrobatic Ravens giving everything else in the sky a flying lesson – overwhelming sight, sound & smell of seabird colonies with their breeding Puffins, Guillemots & Razorbills, & later in the season Pufflings & Jumplings entertain as they paddle around the boat or form rafts with their parents after fledging – Skuas, both Arctic and Bonxies, shadow the boat, parasitizing other seabirds of their food.

Cetacean encounters most commonly with Minke, Humpback’s are a less frequent visitor – the Hebrides have a resident Pod of Orca and the area is occasionally visited by an Icelandic pod – frequent encounters with Common, Bottlenose & Whitebeak dolphins, Risso & Whitesided dolphins are also occasionally sighted – Basking sharks have been scarce the last few years but are still seen and seem to be returning, we know the hot spots! 

Please Note: The above map indicates an area within which we are likely to travel. Weather and the interests and abilities of guests influence the skipper’s final decision. Sightings and findings are examples from previous similar cruises; the list is neither exhaustive nor guaranteed.

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