ITINERARY

Mull, the Small Isles and Lunga puffins – 6 night cruise

Availability Sat 20th to Fri 26th April
2 places
(2 single cabins*)

* 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 and we’ll include a visit to the Treshnish Isles and Lunga, home to fantastic colonies of Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots.

Destination: guests joinmull-and-the-small-isles-cruising-area-map motor vessel Hjalmar Bjorge around 1600 on Saturday 20 April 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. Expect sea and golden eagles, lots of different seabirds, puffins of course, and hopefully a variety of cetaceans.

On the final day we head back into Oban for your departure after brunch on Friday 26 April.

Highlights: Our experience and knowledge of these islands allows responsible viewing of both Golden and Sea Eagles as they hunt to feed their newly-hatched chicks in spring. Rum’s massive Manx Shearwater colony will be arriving for the breeding season and we enjoy incredible views as they raft offshore or shear the waves in feeding parties. A highlight will be the overwhelming sight, sound and smell of seabird cities of Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills, and these islands also support scattered colonies of sensitive breeding Arctic and Common Terns. The islands’ Sessile oakwoods shelter summer visitors such as Redstarts, Wood Warblers and Spotted Flycatchers.

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