The Magic Of Mull 2019


The Magic of Mull

The Isle of Mull lies on the west coast of Scotland and it has a breathtaking coastline of 300 miles, the climate is a mixture of rain and sunshine. From the moment you step onto this beautiful island the wildlife is everywhere and the scenery is stunning. The island is a wonderful place to see Golden Eagles, White-tailed Eagles, Otters, porpoises and a whole host of Hebridean Wildlife. Come and join me as I take you around this beautiful island on this amazing 6 day-5 night trip. 

Our base for the week will be the beautiful Western Isles Hotel in Tobermory, you’ll be treated to picturesque views over the harbour and as well as comfortable accommodation, you’ll enjoy fine cuisine in the restaurant, prepared from the best locally sourced ingredients to make your stay even more memorable.

It will be a wonderful chance to show you the best places that I have found on my many trips to this amazing island and to pass my knowledge of these onto you so you can really enjoy ‘The Magic of Mull’.

We have an amazing trip to the Treshnish Isles, a designated site of special scientific interest. One of the best places in the UK to see Puffin’s, and teeming with other birds too e.g., Razorbill’s, Guillemots and Seals and possible sightings of passing Basking Sharks that enter the sound of mull to feed on the plankton, offering you some great photographic opportunities, you will have two and a half hours on Staffa, and almost the same on Lunga.The second trip is for White-tailed eagles fishing feet away from the boat.

Mull has a breathtaking landscape and will offer you some brilliant chances for landscape photography too, with the mountain of Ben More with its imposing peak at just over 3000 feet being the highest point on the island where it forms the southern part of the island and holds several pairs of Golden Eagles, which I witnessed on my last visit here.

There is some much to do on Mull, but our main targets are Otter’s, White-Tailed Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles, with some much wildlife around you opportunities will present themselves at anytime.

Day 1 
On arrival you can either make your way to the hotel , or I can met you at the ferry port. We then settle in and discuss what we will be doing over the coming week.  

Day 2
The pattern of events for each day will be very similar, which will ensure that we get the best out of our time on Mull. An early start to get into place at one of the Otter sites and hopefully catch them as they wake and start to fish, head back to the hotel for our breakfast at around 8am,then collect our packed lunches and head out for the whole day.

As the day draws to an end we will catch the evening light at one of our Otter or Eagle sites, then back to the hotel for our evening meal and a chance to review the days images, I will go through any points you have, so that as a group you can get the very best out your days on Mull.

Day 3

After an early start and back for our breakfast we then head to the port of Ulva Ferry or out White-tailed eagle boat trip. Where you can photograph these amazing birds feet away from our boat. After we get back we then visit some of the other places on Mull before heading back for our evening meal and review the days images. 

Day 4
An early start for Otters, then head back for breakfast and then on to the port of Ulva Ferry to catch our boat to the Treshnish Isles (June Trip Only) for some close encounters with Puffins and other beautiful wildlife, the island trip will last until around 6pm. This trip can be seen by clicking on this link. We then head back to the hotel ready for our evening meal and review the day’s events and images.

Day 5
Another early start at a different venue for Otters and early morning White-tailed Sea Eagles fishing on one of the huge Loch’s they use. All through the week I will take you to the proven places where these animals are and teach you the fieldcraft skills to get closer to the wildlife on this amazing island of Mull. The trip is designed for you to see the beauty of the place and to get these image’s that is my aim and promise to you.

Day 6
The last day and our final early start and as a group the choice of where you would like to spend the last morning is yours, going on what you’ve loved and the best experiences we’ve had throughout the week, then back for our breakfast, and then using the remaining time visiting your favourite sites before we catch the 1pm ferry back to the port of Oban.

Accommodation 

Our accommodation is a lovely hotel perfectly situated on the island overlooking the harbour of Tobermory. Serving award winning food. All rooms are tastefully furnished,come, en-suite and offer a flatscreen TV along with tea/coffee-making facilities. Free internet access is available in the lounge areas. 

Group Size

6

Fitness Level

Most activities will involve short walks, some over uphill, uneven terrain. Waterproof walking boots are essential. A reasonable level of fitness is required. We will make best use of the light so early starts and late finishes will be part of the timetable

Recommended Kit

You will need to provide your own photographic equipment, a 500mm lens will be ideal for this trip, but a 300mm with converters should be fine. A tripod, beanbag are a must, and the landscape of Mull will give you many beautiful opportunities to capture it’s beauty so bring a wide-angle if you have one.

Additional Information

Mull’s weather can change at any moment and our locations on the island are fairly exposed so bring appropriate clothing and footwear, and a layers system will be the best, wearing several layers to keep you warm, then a windproof/waterproof jacket and trousers are a must. Due to the nature of animals we wish to see camouflaged clothing is also a must as to blend into the habitat and present the subject with the least chance of seeing us and in turn capturing them in a relaxed, unthreatening manner. A good all round level of fitness is ideal as the trip involves walking over uneven ground and lying still in places for some time.

Trip reports and images can be seen here  and  here

Dates

Sunday 2nd June 2019 - Friday 7th June 2019

 

Cost - £1490.00

Per Person on a shared basis /Twin Bed, Single Supplement is available at an extra cost of £200

Cost Includes

Accommodation, all meals and a packed lunch daily. All wildlife photography tuition from Craig Jones

 

Cost Excludes

Travel to and from Mull, Alcohol, sundry Items,and personal items

 

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