Mull and the Small Isles – 6 night cruise

Availability Sat 7th to Fri 13th September
6 places
(2 twin cabins, 2 single cabins*)

*Twin cabin £1320 per person, single cabin £1650

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 Saturday 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. We don’t see the Northern Lights very often but when we have done so it has been from late August onwards.

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

Highlights:  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, with sightings of successfully fledged young ending their season – Gannets plunge diving for food– Hooded Crows, strikingly different from their southern cousins – Rum’s massive Manx Shearwater colony will still be feeding young and allows incredible views as they raft offshore or shear the waves in feeding parties – Incredibly acrobatic Ravens giving everything else in the sky a flying lesson

Cetacean encounters most commonly with Minke, Humpbacks 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!



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